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Maple Leafs at Golden Knights preview

Vegas goalie Fleury eyes NHL win No. 450; Toronto 0-4-1 in past five

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (9-9-4) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (10-9-3)



The Game

Marc-Andre Fleury will try to become the seventh goalie in NHL history to win 450 games when the Vegas Golden Knights play the Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Fleury, who is seventh in wins and second behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (453) among active NHL goalies, is coming off his second shutout of the season, a 6-0 victory against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. 

The Golden Knights are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 17-19. They have gone 4-6-3 since then.

The Maple Leafs, playing the second of a six-game road trip, are 0-4-1 in their past five games after winning their previous three. Goalie Frederik Andersen is expected to start.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews had his six-game point streak (11 points; three goals, eight assists) end in the loss to the Penguins.

Golden Knights center William Karlsson has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"I think there's no question that we have to be better. We have to realize that the errors in the game are hurting us and if we don't want to fix those, then our results aren't going to change. We have an extremely talented group and we just have to continue to stay at it and work." -- Maple Leafs center John Tavares

"Obviously we had a lot of positives in the last game, but it's in the past. We need to move on and just focus on tonight. A team like Toronto, you definitely need to manage the puck well because their top players can make you pay." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Kasperi Kapanen

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Jason Spezza -- Nic Petan

Pierre Engvall -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Frederik Andersen

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin

Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle), Alexander Kerfoot (dental fracture), Trevor Moore (shoulder)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Jonathan Marchessault -- Cody Eakin -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass

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: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Status report

Engvall, a seventh-round pick (No. 188) in the 2014 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut. … Barrie will be paired with Dermott after skating with Muzzin since the season opener. … Engelland will play his second consecutive game after being a healthy scratch the previous two.


Stat pack

Tavares is two assists from 400 in the NHL. … Stastny is two points from 700. … Eakin is one goal from 100.

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