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Columbus tries to end four-game winless streak; Fleury back in goal for Vegas

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent




The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets seek their first win in five games (0-3-1) when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets have been outscored 18-8 in their past four games and are 2-3-3 in their past eight. They have lost two straight at home, where they are 3-4-1.

The Golden Knights have lost two consecutive games in overtime after leading each by two goals. They begin a four-game trip after a 1-1-2 homestand.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Vegas after missing a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday because of the flu.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward William Karlsson has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has scored one goal in his past 11 games. His other two came in the first three games of the season.


They said it

"It's always a building that's tough to play in. They play hard here, and they don't give you much. You have to be really smart about how you play tonight and not get into a too wide-open game." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt

"It's about confidence. It's about us taking the game in our own hands instead of waiting and see what happens. We need to dictate how the games go." -- Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois on slow starts at home 


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Tomas Nosek -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Nicolas Hague

Injured: Alex Tuch (upper body)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Emil Bemstrom -- Riley Nash -- Kole Sherwood

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara -- David Savard

Vladislav Gavrikov -- Dean Kukan

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Alexandre Texier (knee), Ryan Murray (hand)


Status report

Tuch was injured in his second game of the season Saturday after missing the first 13 with an upper-body injury. … Roy and Hague were recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Nutivaara, scratched the past two games and four of the past five, replaces Harrington.


Stat pack

Stastny needs three points for 700 in the NHL. … The Blue Jackets have allowed the first goal in five of eight home games (0-4-1). They are 5-0-0 when scoring first.

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