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Philadelphia continues six-game trip; Vegas can win third straight

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (22-13-5) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (22-15-6)



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to win their third consecutive game when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Vegas, playing its third game of a season-long, seven-game homestand, is 6-2-1 in its past nine games. Marc-Andre Fleury will make his third consecutive start for the Golden Knights, who defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Tuesday. 

The Flyers, who lost 5-3 at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, are 1-2-0 on a six-game road trip. Carter Hart will start for Philadelphia, which will try to improve to 3-0-0 at Vegas.


Players to watch

Flyers center Kevin Hayes has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"Why we played the way we did [Tuesday] is definitely not what we're looking for as a team. We're going to be playing one of the best teams in the League, Vegas, great atmosphere in that building, so it should be a good game for us to get back on track." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"It's always a tough group. They've got a lot of veteran players. You add that experience to your group, especially going into T-Mobile which is a pretty hostile place for visitors to play, it should be a great game." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee -- Scott Laughton -- Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Robert Hagg, Andy Andreoff, Chris Stewart

Injured: Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Tomas Nosek

Injured: Cody Eakin (upper body)


Status report

Myers will be paired with Sanheim after being a healthy scratch the past two games. … Roy, who was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will be in the lineup. … Hague is expected to play for the first time in three games.


Stat pack 

Philadelphia has outscored Vegas 9-3 in the two games at T-Mobile Arena. … Voracek has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the past seven games. … Giroux has four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Pacioretty has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 11 games. … Marchessault has six goals in eight games after scoring four in his previous 14.

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