GOLDEN KNIGHTS (29-20-4) at PANTHERS (20-21-8)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV
Forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan will each make his debut with the Florida Panthers when they face the Vegas Golden Knights at BB&T Center on Saturday.
Brassard and Sheahan, who were acquired Friday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann, did not play in a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators that night.
Vegas will be looking to end a three-game losing streak and is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. They have not lost four straight games this season, and did not lose four straight at any point during the regular season in 2017-18.
Players to watch
Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games.
Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov has four assists during his current three-point streak.
They said it
"We went on a good streak there for a little while in January. We were playing some good hockey. Then we're still playing good hockey and we lost some games and it starts to creep in that you're not playing well and then you come out with a game like Friday where you don't have it for the whole game." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt
"I'm super excited to be here. Waking up and seeing the sun, it was awesome. I feel like our team is really close here. We're obviously in a big playoff push. Me and Riley (Sheahan) are going to try to come in here and try to help the team." -- Panthers forward Derick Brassard
Golden Knights projected lineup
Reilly Smith -- William Karlsson -- Jonathan Marchessault
Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch
Brandon Pirri -- Cody Eakin -- Valentin Zykov
Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland
Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller
Scratched: Jake Bischoff , Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Carpenter
Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), William Carrier (undisclosed), Nick Holden (undisclosed), Malcolm Subban (illness)
Panthers projected lineup
Frank Vatrano -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck - Denis Malgin
Henrik Borgstrom -- Derick Brassard -- Mike Hoffman
Colton Sceviour -- Riley Sheahan -- Jayce Hawryluk
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
MacKenzie Weegar -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Ian McCoshen , Troy Brouwer, Micheal Haley
Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder)
Neither team had a morning skate, although Brassard, Sheahan and the Panthers scratches were on the ice. Brassard is expected to be the center on the third line, and Sheahan likely will do so on the fourth line. … Smith played 15:16 and was minus-2 in his return Friday after missing seven games with an undisclosed injury. … Weegar will play after missing four games with a concussion.
Vegas is 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in its past five games. … The Golden Knights have scored two goals or fewer in four of their five past games. … Reimer is 4-1-2 in his past seven decisions.