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New York begins four-game road trip; Fleury expected to start for Vegas

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (14-11-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (15-11-5)



The game

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to return to the starting lineup for the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The goalie had been on a leave of absence from the Golden Knights since Nov. 26 and would make his first start since Nov. 23, a span of six games. 

The Golden Knights are on a five-game point streak (4-0-1) after losing eight of their previous 10 (2-6-2). They defeated New York 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The Rangers have won five of their past eight (5-2-1) and are on a four-game road point streak (3-0-1). Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start for New York, which begins a four-game road trip.


Players to watch

Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past five games.

Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a season-long four-game point streak. He is two points from 100 in the NHL. 


They said it

"It's a funny game sometimes. I thought we deserved better. It's one of those things where we play again [Sunday], we've just got to grow from it, learn from it, and move on." -- Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on New York's 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday

"It was a hard week. When you go back on the ice, it changes your mind. You try to enjoy the game, be in the moment a bit. … We have such a great bunch of guys. They've been so supportive and positive around me and keep me smiling and stuff. Very thankful for that." -- Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury


Rangers projected lineup

Brendan Lemieux -- Mika Zibanejad -- Kaapo Kakko

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Chris Kreider

Jesper Fast -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Greg McKegg -- Brett Howden -- Brendan Smith

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Libor Hajek (knee)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Chandler Stephenson -- Cody Glass -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Nick Holden

Injured: Cody Eakin (upper body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Stephenson, who was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Dec. 2, moved to third-line left wing at practice on Saturday. Carrier moved back to his usual fourth-line left-wing role.


Stat pack

Lemieux is expected to play his 100th game in the NHL. … Zibanejad has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past four games. … Marchessault has six points (four goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak and is one goal from 100 in the NHL.

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