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Lagace to start for Vegas after leaving previous game with lower-body soreness; Markstrom in goal for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (10-6-1) at CANUCKS (9-7-2)



The Game 

Goalie Maxime Lagace will start for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Lagace left midway through the third period of an 8-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday with what he called lower-body soreness after giving up seven goals on 29 shots. Dylan Ferguson, 19, made his NHL debut in relief, becoming the fifth Golden Knights goaltender to play this season.

Vegas started the season 8-1-0 but is 2-5-1 in its past eight games with Lagace, who has an .860 save percentage.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will start for the Canucks after Anders Nilsson make 30 saves in a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday that ended a two-game losing streak. 


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward David Perron has seven points (goal, six assists) during a five-game point streak.

Canucks forward Bo Horvat has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games. He scored a power-play goal after being moved up to the first unit against the Kings.


They said it 

"Just soreness that I wanted to be careful with and at practice (Wednesday). It felt good so I wanted to be ready to go." -- Maxime Lagace on leaving early against the Oilers.

"We had a lot of zone time, good breakout. It was a step in the right direction but we need to keep it going." -- Daniel Sedin after the Canucks' new-look power play scored twice against the Kings.


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

David Perron -- Erik Haula -- James Neal

Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

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

Nate Schmidt -- Shea Theodore

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Maxime Lagace

Dylan Ferguson

Scratched: Brendan Leipsic, Jon Merrill

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Clayton Stoner (abdomen), Luca Sbisa (lower body)


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Loui Eriksson

Thomas Vanek -- Markus Granlund -- Sam Gagner

Brendan Gaunce -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Jake Virtanen, Patrick Wiercioch, Alexander Burmistrov

Injured: Christopher Tanev (hand), Troy Stecher (knee)


Status report

Theodore will play after being a healthy scratch for three games. … Subban practiced Wednesday for the first time since he was injured Oct. 21 and said he is close to returning. … Sbisa will miss his second straight game and is not with Vegas on its two-game road trip. ... Stecher, who was injured Oct. 21, has resumed skating on his own and will practice by the weekend.


Stat pack

The Oilers scored on all three power-play chances against the Golden Knights' 26th-ranked penalty kill (77.2 percent). … The Canucks ended a 2-for-21 power-play slump against the Kings.

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