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Stastny returns for Vegas after missing 30 games; Hall game-time decision for New Jersey

by Shawn P. Roarke @SRoarke_NHL / Senior Director of Editorial

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (18-14-1) at DEVILS (10-13-6)



The Game

Center Paul Stastny will return to the Vegas Golden Knights lineup for the first time since Oct. 8 when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Stastny has missed 30 games with a lower-body injury, sustained when he was hit by Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel in a 4-2 Vegas loss in its third game of the season. Stastny has no points in three games.

Forward Max Pacioretty will miss the game with an undisclosed injury for the Golden Knights, who have won two straight and are 9-2-0 in their past 11 games.

Forward Taylor Hall will be a game-time decision for the Devils after leaving the morning skate because of lower-body soreness. Hall, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player last season, leads New Jersey in scoring with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 29 games.

The Devils, looking to avoid their third straight loss, are 1-4-4 in their past nine games.


Players to watch

Golden Knights center William Karlsson, who has scored a goal in two straight games, became the first player to reach 100 points in a Vegas uniform. He has 102 points (54 goals, 48 assists) with the Golden Knights.

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has five points (four goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak and leads New Jersey with 16 goals. 


They said it

"I'm excited to be back. When you are out for this long, I think you take for granted what you do. Obviously, I will be anxious out there leading up to the game, but it is always like that. -- Golden Knights center Paul Stastny

"[Hall]'s just got some soreness. It's not anything major, it is just going to depend on how he feels tonight whether he will play or not." - Devils coach John Hynes


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Oscar Lindberg -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Ryan Carpenter -- Cody Eakin -- Tomas Nosek

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Nick Holden -- Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Brad Hunt

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Max Pacioretty (undisclosed)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Marcus Johansson -- Pavel Zacha -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Travis Zajac -- Blake Coleman

Brian Boyle -- Brett Seney -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid 

Scratched: John Quenneville, Egor Yakovlev

Injured: Joey Anderson (broken ankle), Stefan Noesen (illness)


Status report

Pacioretty took part in the morning skate but did not take part in power-play drills. … Noesen was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Monday and Quenneville was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. He could play if Hall is unavailable.


Stat pack

Fleury is one win from tying Tony Esposito (423) for ninth place on the NHL all-time list. … Hischier has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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