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Fleury starts for Vegas against former team; Pittsburgh goes for sixth straight win

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (5-3-0) at PENGUINS (6-2-0)



The Game

Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Vegas Golden Knights against his former team for the second time in Pittsburgh when they face the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Fleury allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Penguins in his return on Feb. 6, 2018. He played for Pittsburgh from 2003-17, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

Goalie Malcolm Subban, who is out with a lower-body injury, started in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins when the Golden Knights last played in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, 2018. 

Fleury needs one victory to tie Terry Sawchuk (445) for seventh on the NHL all-time wins list. Vegas has won three of its past four games (3-1-0), including a 3-2 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 23-11 during a five-game winning streak. It will play the second half of a home back-to-back after defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Friday.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has five points (three goals, two assists) on a four-game point streak.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has eight points (five goals, three assists) during an NHL career-long seven-game point streak.


They said it

"It's still weird every time I come back just to be on this side of the locker room. But it's fun. I've so many good memories in this place." -- Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

"We're trying to establish an identity for our team. I think that's what we're starting to build on right now." -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Brandon Pirri -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Jake Bischoff -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Oscar Dansk

Scratched: Nicolas Hague

Injured: Nate Schmidt (lower body), Alex Tuch (upper body), Zach Whitecloud (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body)

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Adam Johnson -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Erik Gudbranson -- John Marino

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Jack Johnson, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body), Zach Trotman (sports hernia surgery)


Status report

Bischoff will make his NHL debut on Vegas' third defense pair. ... Jarry could start for Pittsburgh after Murray made 22 saves against Dallas on Friday. The Penguins did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Pacioretty is three points from 500 in the NHL. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games. ... Crosby leads the Penguins with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in eight games this season.

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