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Vegas goalie Fleury eyes win No. 458 in NHL; Buffalo 3-2-0 in past five

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (24-18-6) at SABRES (20-19-7)

7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Marc-Andre Fleury will try to win the 458th game of his NHL career and tie Henrik Lundqvist for fifth in NHL history when the Vegas Golden Knights play the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights are 8-5-1 in their past 14 games but have been outscored 12-5 in three straight losses after a four-game winning streak. 

The Sabres are 3-2-0 in their past five games after going 1-6-1 in their previous eight.

Defenseman Colin Miller will face the Golden Knights for the first time since he was traded to Buffalo by Vegas on June 28, 2019.

 

Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past nine games.

Sabres center Jack Eichel has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a seven-game point streak.

 

They said it

"He's the ultimate teammate, the ultimate competitor. He sets the tone for our practice, he battles so hard. … It's not always fun to go out there early in the morning and have people shoot pucks as hard as they can at you. He just truly enjoys coming to work every day and playing hockey, and I think that's allowed him to have so much success over the years because of that passion for the game and enjoying being around his teammates." -- Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty on Marc-Andre Fleury

"They know their systems, they play them really well, and they're connected in all zones throughout their game. They're a tough team to beat. Their power play is running pretty good right now, which always helps, and then they've got a pretty good goalie back there, too, which cleans a lot of things up. A very good team." -- Sabres defenseman Colin Miller

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

Tomas Nosek -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Cody Eakin -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill

Injured: Cody Glass (lower body)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary -- Marcus Johansson -- Michael Frolik

Johan Larsson -- Curtis Lazar -- Kyle Okposo

Jimmy Vesey -- Evan Rodrigues

Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju

Jake McCabe -- Brandon Montour

Colin Miller

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Zach Bogosian, Rasmus Asplund, Scott Wilson

Injured: Victor Olofsson (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Tage Thompson (shoulder surgery), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)

 

Status report

Marchessault is expected to return after missing five games with a lower-body injury. … Hague will play after being scratched against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. ... Thompson is out for the season after the forward had right shoulder surgery Tuesday. His expected recovery time is 5-6 months.

 

Stat pack

The Sabres are 4-for-11 (36.4 percent) on the power play in their past four games. … Marchessault has scored four goals in six games against Buffalo.

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