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Subban makes start for Vegas; Brossoit gets call for Winnipeg

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

JETS (7-7-0) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (8-5-1)



The Game

Malcolm Subban will start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury (illness) when the Vegas Golden Knights host the Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Fleury leads NHL goalies in starts (12) and victories (eight). Subban will start for the first time since Oct. 10, a 4-1 loss at the Arizona Coyotes. He played one period before leaving the game with a lower-body injury. 

Garret Sparks was recalled on an emergency basis from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Friday and will back up Subban.

The Jets, who have lost five of their past eight games (3-5-0) are playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at SAP Center on Friday. Laurent Brossoit will start in goal.


Players to watch

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has six points (four goals, two assists) in the past four games.

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the past 10 games.


They said it

"Exceptionally atypical, we hope. We would have the expectation that we can play better [Saturday] night. San Jose was really good, our goaltender was really good." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on goaltender Connor Hellebuyck making 51 saves on Friday

"[The Jets] had a tough night. With 53 shots, you put their defensemen and goaltender in [a tough spot]. That's a lot of going back into your own zone. That could be an area of focus tonight, just making sure if their defensemen do come up, it's got to be all the way." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Gabriel Bourque

Mathieu Perreault -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Luca Sbisa -- Anthony Bitetto

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, CJ Suess

Injured: Mark Letestu (heart), Patrik Laine (lower body), Mason Appleton (foot), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Marc-Andre Fleury, Brandon Pirri

Injured: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Status report

Winnipeg did not hold a morning skate, so there was no update on Laine nor Beaulieu. … Lowry is eligible to play after serving a two-game suspension for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington during the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Oct. 26.


Stat pack

Vegas is 4-1-0, including postseason, against Winnipeg at T-Mobile Arena. … Little has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Subban recorded his first NHL shutout against the Jets on March 21, a 5-0 victory. … Karlsson is on a three-game goal streak. … Statsny is three points from 700 in the NHL.

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