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Vegas seeks second win in eight games; Haula faces former team for first time with Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (25-20-7) at HURRICANES (29-18-3)

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


The Game

Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Haula will play his first game against his former team when the Vegas Golden Knights visit PNC Arena.

Haula, who played the past two seasons with the Golden Knights, was traded to the Hurricanes on June 27 for forward Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Golden Knights and Hurricanes will each play their first games following the League-mandated break after the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

The Hurricanes, who have won two straight after a three-game winless streak, are 5-2-1 in the past eight games. It's their first game since a 4-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 21.

Malcolm Subban will start in goal for the Golden Knights, who are 0-1-1 in their past two games and 1-5-1 in their past seven after a four-game winning streak. This is their fifth in a stretch of eight straight road games.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in 27 games against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes forward Justin Williams has two goals and a shootout-deciding goal in two games since making his season debut on Jan. 19.


They said it

"Usually the smarter team wins these games. You've got to come out, manage the puck and not try to do too much. At the same time, you want to establish your game and be aggressive. They're hard games to play after long layoffs. Goaltending and special teams are going to be real important." -- Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer

"If you watch some of these games coming out of the break, it's a little bit sloppy. It's just a matter of getting to your game to give yourself a chance. If that's all going, then you start worrying about what the other team is doing. It always comes down to your execution." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

Oscar Dansk

Scratched: None

Injured: William Karlsson (upper body), Cody Glass (lower body)

Suspended: Marc-Andre Fleury


Hurricanes projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele -- Jordan Staal -- Andrei Svechnikov

Brock McGinn -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Jordan Martinook -- Lucas Wallmark -- Justin Williams

Jaccob Slavin -- Joel Edmundson

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Nino Niederreiter

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured left leg)


Status report

Fleury, the Golden Knights' No. 1 goalie, will serve a one-game suspension for missing the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. Steve Spott, who was hired as an assistant by Vegas on Tuesday, will make his debut. He served as an assistant under DeBoer with the San Jose Sharks from 2015-19. … Niederreiter was the extra forward during line rushes, but Brind'Amour would not confirm that he would be a healthy scratch.


Stat pack

Stone has eight points (six goals, two assists) in 12 games against the Hurricanes. Stastny has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. … Teravainen has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. Dzingel has four points (three goals, one assist) in four games against Vegas.

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