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Vegas goalie Fleury can tie Joseph for NHL wins; Markstrom starts sixth straight for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (19-13-5) at CANUCKS (16-15-4)



The Game 

Marc-Andre Fleury can tie Curtis Joseph for sixth place in NHL wins when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Fleury has won three of his past four starts to reach 453 wins in 822 NHL games. Joseph won 454 of his 943 games before retiring after the 2008-09 season.

The Golden Knights have won three in a row, are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games and 8-0-1 against the Canucks, including a 6-3 win in Vegas on Sunday.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom makes his sixth straight start for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row after going 3-1-0 in their previous four games.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak, including two goals and two assists against Vancouver on Sunday

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"I like the way our team is playing right now but obviously that Vancouver game was our most dominant game. I thought it was the best of the year for our team as a complete team game." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"It's a great test for us and I am glad we get to play these guys again so quickly." -- Canucks forward J.T. Miller


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

Valentin Zykov -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Shea Theodore

Deryk Engelland -- Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: None

Injured: Cody Glass (upper body), Cody Eakin (upper body), Nicolas Hague (illness)


Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Tim Schaller

Jordie Benn -- Christopher Tanev

Quinn Hughes -- Tyler Myers

Oscar Fantenberg -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Michael Dipietro

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Jalen Chatfield

Injured: Brandon Sutter (undisclosed), Thatcher Demko (concussion), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Alexander Edler (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Status report

Glass, who has missed five games, is not on this two-game road trip. … Eakin, who has missed nine, is travelling but is not skating yet and won't play on the trip…. Canucks coach Travis Green said Sutter is a little banged up, but it's not related to the groin injury that kept him out 13 games. … Edler skated with teammates Thursday for the first time since he was injured Nov. 30 but doesn't have a timeline to return. 


Stat pack

Stone has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in a five-game point streak. … The Canucks are sixth in face-off win percentage (52.1 percent).

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