CANADIENS (6-4-2) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (8-5-0)
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Nate Schmidt will return to the lineup, and Alex Tuch is expected to make his season debut for the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the Montreal Canadiens at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
Schmidt (lower body), a defenseman, played 3:11 in the season opener against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 2 before colliding knees with Sharks forward Logan Couture. Tuch (upper body), a forward, has not played since sustaining an injury in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 27.
The Golden Knights have won six of their past nine games (6-3-0) after going 2-2-0 in their first four games.
Montreal, winners of four of its past six games (4-2-0), is playing the second game of a back-to-back set after a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. Goalie Keith Kinkaid is expected to start.
Players to watch
Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past six games. Suzuki, the No. 13 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Golden Knights, will face Vegas for the first time. He and forward Tomas Tatar were traded to Montreal on Sept. 10, 2018 for forward Max Pacioretty.
Golden Knights center William Karlsson has scored in consecutive games after scoring one goal in his previous 11.
They said it
"I'm excited. Definitely had it on my calendar. I never got to play [at T-Mobile Arena], so I'm looking forward to playing my first game there. Hopefully I can have a good game there and show my old team something." -- Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki, who was traded from the Golden Knights last season
"I'm just excited to get back and be at the form I want to be at. I thought I had a good summer, I thought I had a good camp. ... Maybe that was someone's way of saying I wasn't ready. It's been hard but at the same time, I'm just excited." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Paul Byron
Nick Cousins -- Nate Thompson -- Nick Suzuki
Victor Mete -- Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry
Mike Reilly -- Cale Fleury
Scratched: Brett Kulak, Christian Folin, Jordan Weal
Golden Knights projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone
Cody Glass -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch
William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland
Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden
Scratched: Brandon Pirri
Suspended: Valentin Zykov
Montreal did not hold a morning skate. … Fleury is expected to make his league-leading 13th start. Subban returned to practice Monday and will back up Fleury. … Tuch is expected to skate on the third line, and Schmidt is expected to be paired with McNabb.
Montreal has outscored opponents 9-3 in its past two games. ... Weber is one point from 100 with the Canadiens. … Pacioretty is one point from 500 in the NHL. … Stastny is three points from 700 in the NHL.