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Jarry expected in goal for Pittsburgh; Golden Knights go for fifth straight win

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (25-12-5) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (24-15-6)



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to win their season-high fifth consecutive game when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Vegas rallied from down 3-0 in the first period win 5-4 in overtime against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the first such comeback in its history, to improve to 4-0-0 on a season-long seven-game homestand.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will make his fifth consecutive start for the Golden Knights, who are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games. With 457 NHL wins, Fleury can tie New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for fifth place on the League's all-time wins list for goalies.

The Penguins, 11-3-1 in their past 15 games, are coming off a 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers on Sunday that ended their five-game point streak (4-0-1). Goalie Tristan Jarry is expected to start.


Players to watch

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 12 games.

Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who played 13 seasons with Pittsburgh and won the Stanley Cup three times, is 3-1-0 with a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage in four games against the Penguins. That includes a 29-save shutout at Pittsburgh on Oct. 19.


They said it

"You've got to give guys in this room credit. We've been battling with injuries and everything this year. I know that's not an excuse, but we've got to keep moving forward." -- Penguins forward Jared McCann

"It's always special. I think it will always be. I was there for so long and played with some of those guys for many years. I think it's always special." -- Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on playing against the Penguins


Penguins projected lineup

Dominik Kahun -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Simon -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Alex Galchenyuk -- Andrew Agozzino -- Sam Lafferty

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Kevin Czuczman, Joseph Blandisi

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Justin Schultz (lower body), Jake Guentzel (shoulder surgery)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek -- Cody Eakin -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Nicolas Roy

Injured: Cody Glass (lower body)


Status report

Crosby, who traveled with Pittsburgh for its three-game road trip, will not play. He took part in the morning skate but did not take line rushes. … Glass is week-to-week, coach Gerard Gallant said Monday. … Eakin will play after missing 17 games with an upper-body injury. He last played Nov. 29. Gallant did not confirm where he would be in the lineup. … Marchessault is a game-time decision because of a lower-body injury.


Stat pack

Rust has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Stone has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in the past 13 games.

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