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Saros to start third consecutive game for Nashville; Subban in goal for Vegas

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (11-11-4) at PREDATORS (11-9-3)



The Game

Juuse Saros will make his third straight start for the Nashville Predators when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday.

It marks the first time this season the goalie will start three consecutive games in place of Pekka Rinne; Saros allowed two goals in each of his past two starts, each a victory in a home-and-home series with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and Monday.

The Predators will try for their third straight win following a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to start for the Golden Knights in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, who will miss the game because of personal reasons. Subban is 0-4-2 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .883 save percentage in six starts this season for Vegas, which is winless in three straight (0-2-1) and 2-6-2 in its past 10 games.


Players to watch

Golden Knights center Paul Stastny needs one point for 700 in the NHL. 

Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"They've got a lot of skill back there that like to jump in the play. They move the puck really well and they transition fast, so getting in on the forecheck and laying a body on their [defensemen] but then, when the puck turns over, to get back and make sure you're beating your [defensemen] back is crucial against this team." -- Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves on playing against Nashville's defensemen

"I talked to [Rinne] yesterday. I think at the beginning of the year, [Rinne] was the guy that we were leaning on and he probably stole some of the starts from [Saros]. There's still a plan in place for these guys, but [Saros] played so well for a couple games and we've got games coming up this weekend that are back-to-back and will utilize the roster more, I think. [Saros] has played extremely well and he's going to go back in there." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette 


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Marc-Andre Fleury

Injured: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Daniel Carr -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mathieu Olivier

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Kyle Turris, Yannick Weber

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body)


Status report

The Golden Knights recalled Sparks on an emergency basis from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. There is no timetable for Fleury's return. … Turris is expected to be a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game.


Stat pack

Saros is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .958 save percentage in four games against Vegas.

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