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DeSmith starts in place of injured Murray for Pittsburgh; Subban expected in goal for Vegas

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (1-3-0) at PENGUINS (1-1-0)



The Game

Goalie Casey DeSmith will make his first start of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Vegas Golden Knights at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray was a full participant in an optional morning skate after he sustained a concussion during practice Monday. Although Murray said he feels good, coach Mike Sullivan ruled him out and said he is day to day.

Goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to start for the Golden Knights after Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 28 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Vegas has been outscored 15-8 in its first four games.


Players to watch

Forward Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with two goals and four points in four games.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby is looking for his first goal of the season. He had two assists in the season opener against the Capitals before being held without a point against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.


They said it

"We just have to get a little bit of puck luck. When you get puck luck, you work hard. We have to work hard." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"We're hoping we're a better team today than we were a week ago. Now we've got a big test tonight against a very good hockey team." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Erik Haula -- Tomas Nosek

Ryan Carpenter -- Cody Eakin -- Oscar Lindberg

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

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Brayden McNabb -- Colin Miller

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Malcolm Subban

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jake Bischoff, Brad Hunt

Injured: Paul Stastny (lower body), Alex Tuch (lower body)

Suspended: Nate Schmidt


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Dominik Simon -- Derick Brassard -- Bryan Rust

Matt Cullen -- Riley Sheahan -- Daniel Sprong

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Jack Johnson -- Justin Schultz

Jamie Oleksiak -- Juuso Riikola

Casey DeSmith

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Olli Maatta

Injured: Matt Murray (concussion)


Status report

The Golden Knights did not hold a morning skate. ... Jarry was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to back up DeSmith. ... Riikola could make his NHL debut.


Stat pack

Smith needs one goal for 100 in his NHL career. ... Letang is one point away from tying Martin Straka for 10th on the Penguins' all-time points list with 442.

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