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Vegas center Karlsson back from upper-body injury; Galchenyuk will debut for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (28-21-8) at WILD (26-23-6)



The Game

Alex Galchenyuk will debut with the Minnesota Wild when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

The Wild acquired the forward, defenseman prospect Calen Addison and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft or 2021 NHL Draft in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Jason Zucker on Monday. 

Minnesota is 6-3-0 in its past nine games and is five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Center William Karlsson will return for Vegas after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. The Golden Knights are 3-1-1 in their past five games after going 1-5-1 in their previous seven.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

Wild forward Kevin Fiala has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. 


They said it

"They're a really hard-working bunch of guys. They have one line of size and strength and a bunch of small forwards who play heavy. … We [have to] play to our game, play our tempo, play our pace and play as much in the offensive zone as possible." -- Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch

"I think we're in that situation right now where we've got to win or there might be more (trades) happening. For us, as best as possible, you don't think about that. You just play and play our best and try to win the games." -- Wild forward Zach Parise


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

Cody Eakin -- William Karlsson -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Zach Whitecloud

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Deryk Engelland

Injured: None


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Kevin Fiala 

Alex Galchenyuk -- Luke Kunin -- Mats Zuccarello

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Jordan Greenway

Ryan Donato -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Victor Rask, Greg Pateryn

Injured: None


Status report

The Golden Knights reassigned forward Nicolas Roy to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Galchenyuk did not arrive in time for the morning skate. 


Stat pack

Theodore has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past nine games. … Parise has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past 10 games and is one assist from 400 in the NHL.

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