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Vegas visits Edmonton looking to equal NHL record for fastest 11 victories from start of inaugural season

by Derek Van Diest /

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (10-5-1) at OILERS (6-9-2)



The Game  

The Vegas Golden Knights can equal the NHL record for the fastest 11 wins from the start of an inaugural season with a victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Arenas each started 11-6-0 in 1917-18, the NHL's first season.

However, the Golden Knights are 2-4-1 in their past seven games after an 8-1-0 start.

The Oilers are on a two-game losing streak (0-1-1) after going 3-1-0 in their previous four games and 3-6-0 at home.


Players to watch

Forward Leon Draisaitl has four goals in his past seven games. His 12 points (five goals, seven assists) are tied with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for second on the Oilers behind Connor McDavid's 19.

Forward David Perron leads the Golden Knights with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and has a four-game point streak (1-5-6). 


They said it

"We're in a situation where we are on goalies four and five now, which is something I've never gone through before. But it's the reality and we're going to keep trying to get points and keep getting wins until we get [Marc-Andre Fleury] and [Malcolm Subban] back." -- Golden Knights forward David Perron on injuries to Vegas' top three goalies

"It's pretty special what they're doing right now. They have a very competitive group over there, which a lot of people forget at times. All these guys have played in the League for a while and they're all good players. It's cool to see how they got together and had such a good start." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on the Golden Knights


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

David Perron -- Erik Haula -- James Neal

Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Tomas Nosek

Nate Schmidt -- Jon Merrill

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Maxime Lagace

Dylan Ferguson

Scratched: Brendan Leipsic, Shea Theodore

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Clayton Stoner (abdomen), Luca Sbisa (undisclosed)


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl 

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Brad Malone -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Yohann Auvitu

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Jussi Jokinen, Eric Gryba

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Anton Slepyshev (groin), Drake Caggiula (foot)


Status report

Merrill, a healthy scratch the past five games, will replace Sbisa. ... Jokinen will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.


Stat pack

The Golden Knights have eight players with at least four goals, tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for most in the NHL. ... The Oilers are 5-4-0 in their first games against expansion teams.

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