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Vegas looking for record sixth consecutive win; Halak starts in goal for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (8-1-0) at ISLANDERS (6-4-1)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to become the first team in NHL history to have a six-game winning streak at any point during its inaugural season when they open a six-game road trip against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday.

The 1926-27 New York Rangers and 1979-80 Edmonton Oilers are the other teams to have five-game winning streaks in their first season.

The Islanders return home after managing a split on a two-game road trip that concluded with a 6-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak will make his second straight start; he has won his past three. New York has won five of its past six games.

Video: NYI@NSH: Halak robs Forsberg with the glove

 
Players to watch

Golden Knights goalie Oscar Dansk has won his first three starts since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban, who are injured. Dansk made 32 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 7-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and was named the League's Second Star for the week ending Oct. 29.

Islanders center John Tavares, named the League's First Star, has two hat tricks in his past three games, including a natural hat trick Saturday. Tavares is third in the League with nine goals this season.

Video: COL@VGK: Dansk denies Soderberg twice in close

 

They said it

"It's going to be a challenge. Any team that goes on the road for a long trip like this … for us as a team, we've got to come out and challenge it one game at a time. We can't worry about the next six; we've got to worry about [Monday] against the New York Islanders. You take it one at a time, you'll probably have good results." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"You know what? When the (expansion) draft was going on, obviously being a fan of the game, you watch it. They have a good squad. I think a lot of teams maybe underestimate them and I don't think they will now. They're off to a great start. We watched some video of them and they're impressive. We have to be ready and we have to be at our best tonight and match the effort we gave in Nashville." -- Islanders forward Jordan Eberle

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

Erik Haula -- Oscar Lindberg -- Alex Tuch

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Tomas Nosek

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Deryk Engelland -- Brayden McNabb

Oscar Dansk

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Brendan Leipsic, Shea Theodore

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Brock Nelson -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Thomas Hickey, Scott Mayfield

Injured: Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Status report

Theodore was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League and is expected to join the Golden Knights for the game. He was second on the Wolves with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight games … Defenseman Griffin Reinhart was assigned to Chicago … Neal did not practice Sunday after losing several teeth Friday, but he participated in the morning skate and is expected to play. … The Islanders are going with the same lineup following their win at Nashville.

 

Stat pack

This is the first-ever game between the Golden Knights and Islanders. … The Golden Knights will play 14 of their next 20 games on the road. … Marchessault has a three-game point streak. … Bailey has a six-game point streak and Lee has a point in five straight. … Islanders coach Doug Weight became the fastest in their history to reach 30 career wins Saturday.

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