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Lagace to make season debut for Vegas; Carolina going for 10th win in 14 games

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (29-19-4) at HURRICANES (24-20-6) 

7:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie Maxime Lagace will make his season debut for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

Lagace, who was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, was 9-6-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage in 19 AHL games. He had an .867 save percentage in 16 games with Vegas last season.

Reilly Smith, who has missed seven games with an undisclosed injury, will be a game-time decision for the Golden Knights, who have lost two in a row.

Petr Mrazek will start for the Hurricanes, who are 9-3-1 in their past 13 games.

Each team is playing its first game following its mandatory five-day break after the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has one goal in each of the past three games.

Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter has four goals in the past three games.


They said it

"[The Hurricanes] are a real quick team. They put a lot of pucks to the net. I think they're a real good hockey team. They skate and they work hard and they've got a lot of talent." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"Our two teams play a similar style. They go after it and try to outwork the opponent. It's a tough matchup for us. They really don't come off of it. They obviously have some high skill in the top end, but their so-called bottom-end players contribute really well too." - Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Golden Knights projected lineup

Brandon Pirri -- William Karlsson -- Jonathan Marchessault

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Ryan Carpenter

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Maxime Lagace

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Valentin Zykov, Jake Bischoff

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), William Carrier (undisclosed), Nick Holden (undisclosed), Malcolm Subban (illness)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland -- Lucas Wallmark -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Warren Foegele -- Greg McKegg -- Saku Maenalanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Justin Faulk -- Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: None

Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body)


Status report

Bischoff also was recalled from Chicago on Wednesday and could make his NHL debut. Gallant said Holden is day-to-day. He did not travel with the team. ... McElhinney, who missed the past four games with a lower-body injury, will back up Mrazek.


Stat pack

Tuch has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the past 13 games. Stastny has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Aho has six points (one goal, five assists) during a three-game point streak. Teravainen has five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

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