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Winnipeg aims to tie franchise record point streak; Lagace expected to start sixth straight for Vegas

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

JETS (8-3-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (9-5-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will attempt to extend their point streak to nine games and tie the longest run in franchise history when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

With a win or overtime loss, the Jets, 5-0-3 in their past eight games, would tie the mark set by the Atlanta Thrashers, who were 6-0-3 from Dec. 9-28, 2005.

Winnipeg is 8-1-3 in its past 12 games after beginning the season 0-2-0.

Goaltender Maxime Lagace is expected to make his sixth start for the Golden Knights, 1-4-1 in their past six games after opening their inaugural NHL season 8-1-0.


Players to watch

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 8-0-2 this season with a 2.12 goals-against average. His 10-game season-opening point streak is the longest in franchise history, and he's the only goalie in the League who has not lost in regulation in 10 or more starts.

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games. He has scored a point in five of eight games since returning to the lineup Oct. 24 after a lower-body injury.


They said it

"It's a different concept of an expansion team. It has nothing to do with years past. These guys can play hockey and they're a good team. We have a real good understanding of how good they are." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on the Golden Knights

"[Winnipeg's] power play is on fire. They're a big team that plays heavy, goes to the net hard. They've got talented young hockey players that play hard every shift." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant on the Jets power play, ranked fourth in the NHL at 23.9 percent


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Shawn Matthias -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Joel Armia, Ben Chiarot, Marko Dano

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (lower body)


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 -- Luca Sbisa

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Maxime Lagace

Dylan Ferguson

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Brendan Leipsic, Shea Theodore

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body)


Status report

Fleury returned to the ice for the first time Wednesday since his injury Oct. 13, but has not been cleared to practice and there is no timetable for his return. Dansk and Subban each has not been cleared to practice, either.


Stat pack

Wheeler has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in a three-game point streak and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past five games. … Scheifele has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past five games.

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