GOLDEN KNIGHTS (29-19-4) at HURRICANES (24-20-6)
7:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-CR, NHL.TV
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
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
Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body)
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.
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.