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Vegas goalie Fleury can climb NHL wins list; Chicago eyes third victory in four games

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent




The Game

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start and try to pass Terry Sawchuk for sole possession of seventh place on the NHL wins list when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.

Fleury, 4-1-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in his past five starts, has 445 NHL victories. He made 29 saves in a 3-0 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins, his former team, Saturday.

The Golden Knights, 4-2-0 in their past six games, are on the second half of a back to back following a 6-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Goalie Robin Lehner will start for the Blackhawks, who are 2-1-0 in their past three games after an 0-2-1 start. 


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a six-game point streak. 

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak. 


They said it

"They play fast and they're on top of you all the time. I think as a team if you realize that and you kind of battle through it, there could be some chances had. But yeah, very good team. A team that's probably surprised a lot of people, especially their first year, but now it looks like they have a really good lineup, good roster." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on facing Vegas

"I thought we were doing not too bad when we were down 2-0; we had a lot of good chances. I think [goalie Brian] Elliott was playing well, making a lot of big saves and you got to give credit to [him], I guess." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault on their loss at Philadelphia on Monday


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Brandon Pirri -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Jake Bischoff -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Oscar Dansk

Scratched: Nicolas Roy, Nicolas Hague

Injured: Nate Schmidt (lower body), Alex Tuch (upper body), Zach Whitecloud (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body)

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Andrew Shaw

Dylan Strome -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Carpenter -- Alexander Nylander

Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook

Calvin de Haan -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Slater Koekkoek, Zack Smith

Injured: None


Status report

Dach, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, will play his second straight game after making his NHL debut in a 5-3 loss vs. the Washington Capitals on Sunday.


Stat pack

Pacioretty has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past six games and is two points shy of 500 in the NHL. ... Stastny has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. ... Nylander has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games.

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