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Subban in goal for Vegas; Hayton to make NHL debut for Arizona

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (2-1-0) at COYOTES (0-2-0)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A Plus, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV


The Game

Barrett Hayton will make his NHL debut with the Arizona Coyotes against the Vegas Golden Knights at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Hayton, the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft who practiced on the top power-play unit, had 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 39 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Goalie Malcolm Subban will make his first start of the season for the Golden Knights, who are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Brandon Pirri has nine points (six goals, three assists) in 11 games against the Coyotes.

Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has five goals in four games against the Golden Knights.


They said it

"[The Coyotes] had a lot of scoring opportunities against Boston. They haven't scored many goals, but they're a good team. They come to play every night." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"It looks a lot slower than it is until you get out there, I can't really explain it, you just have to go out there and feel it." -- Hayton on making the move from major junior hockey to the NHL


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Glass -- Mark Stone

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Valentin Zykov

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jimmy Schuldt, Nicolas Roy

Injured: Zach Whitecloud (upper body), Nate Schmidt (lower body), Cody Eakin (undisclosed), Alex Tuch (upper body)


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Barrett Hayton -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Conor Garland -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jakob Chychrun -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched:  Kyle Capobianco

Injured: Lawson Crouse (upper body)


Status report

Eakin is practicing and is listed as day to day. … Raanta, who missed the final four months of last season with a lower-body injury, will make his first start of the season against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. … Crouse has not practiced this week.


Stat pack

Subban is 2-0-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and .930 save percentage against Arizona. … Stone has two goals and six points in three games, and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 games against Arizona. Pacioretty has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 15 games against Arizona. … Smith has three goals in three games. … Kessel will surpass Craig Ramsay (776 games) for seventh place on the NHL's consecutive games played list. … Stepan has points (five goals, five assists) in nine games against the Golden Knights. … Vegas is 6-3-0 against Arizona all time including 4-0-0 at Gila River Arena.

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