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Fleury can pass Lundqvist for fifth on NHL all-time wins list; Montreal eyes fourth win in five

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (25-19-6) at CANADIENS (21-21-7)



The Game

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury can move into sole possession of fifth place on the NHL all-time wins list when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Fleury, who will make his fourth straight start, has 458 wins in his League career, tied with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Peter DeBoer will coach his second game for Vegas, which ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at the Ottawa Senators in his debut Thursday.

Goalie Carey Price will start for the Canadiens, 3-1-0 in their past four games following an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1).


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has one assist in two games against Montreal since he was acquired in a trade with the Canadiens on Sept. 10, 2018.

Canadiens forward Ilya Kovalchuk has seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven games since signing with Montreal on Jan. 3.


They said it

"You want to see them start thinking about some situations, but you also want them to do it without slowing down or overthinking. So that's the fine line, but we've got a smart group and I'm not changing everything here or reinventing the wheel. So I think it's stuff that they can start to implement and we'll start to plant those seeds." -- Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer

"They're obviously a good team to begin with, a lot of good players, and usually a team that makes a coaching change, guys are kind of on edge and it seems to bring out the best in guys in most occasions." -- Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber on Vegas


Golden Knights projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault -- Chandler Stephenson -- Reilly Smith

Tomas Nosek -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill

Injured: William Karlsson (upper body), Cody Glass (lower body)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia

Ryan Poehling -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nick Cousins -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Marco Scandella -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Victor Mete

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Cale Fleury, Jordan Weal

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (upper body), Paul Byron (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (wrist)


Status report

Each team is using the same lineup as its previous game. … Byron, who had knee surgery on Nov. 19, skated for the first time Friday. 


Stat pack

Stastny has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Tatar has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games. … Canadiens coach Claude Julien needs one win to pass Ron Wilson (648) for sole possession of 13th place on the NHL all-time coaching list.

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