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Vegas looks to become first team to win six of seven games to start inaugural season

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (6-2-0) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (5-1-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to become the first team in NHL history to win six of its first seven games in its inaugural season when they host the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Vegas joined the 1917-18 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams to win five of their first six games with a 5-4 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Montreal lost its next game to the Toronto Arenas 6-4.

Golden Knights forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula will each miss his third straight game because of a lower-body injury.

St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko will play after injuring his hand in a 4-3 win at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

The Blues have won their past two games and a win would give them their best start since 2010-11, when they started 6-1-2.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz is tied for third in the League with 12 points (six goals, six assists). He has five points (four goals, one assist) in the past three games, including a hat trick in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Video: STL@COL: Schwartz sweeps home puck while falling down

Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban will make his third straight start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion). He is 2-0-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Video: BUF@VGK: Subban makes nice glove save on Tennyson

 

They said it

"We're here to play hockey. You get off the plane and we all know how exciting it can be to see all the sights and it's a new location for us, but you step inside the arena and it's hockey, so we better be ready tonight." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo

"The interesting thing is we're still making mistakes, but we're still finding ways to win. If we can correct them, maybe we can sustain this success longer than people think." -- Golden Knights forward David Perron

 

Blues projected lineup

Alexander Steen -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Sammy Blais

Magnus Paajarvi -- Ivan Barbashev -- Vladimir Sobotka

Scottie Upshall -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Kyle Brodziak

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Dmitrij Jaskin, Chris Thorburn

Injured: Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Zach Sanford (shoulder)

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

Brendan Leipsic -- Vadim Shipachyov -- Alex Tuch

Oscar Lindberg -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Tomas Nosek

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Deryk Engelland -- Brayden McNabb

Malcolm Subban

Oscar Dansk

Scratched: Jason Garrison, Jon Merrill, Griffin Reinhart

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Jonathan Marchessault (lower body), Erik Haula (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Vegas reassigned Maixme Lagace to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Thursday and have called up Dansk to back up Subban … McNabb will play after being a healthy scratch the past two games, replacing Merrill.

 

Stat pack

Tarasenko has a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists). … Stastny scored his 600th career NHL point Thursday. ... Neal has eight points (six goals, two assists) and has scored a point in five of six games this season.

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