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Penguins at Golden Knights preview

PENGUINS (26-15-6) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (28-17-4)

10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights look for their ninth win in 11 games when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start for Vegas against his former team for the third time since he was selected from Pittsburgh in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

Goalie Casey DeSmith is expected to start for Pittsburgh, which is 11-3-0 in their past 14 games; they are playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2 in overtime on Friday.

Colin Miller, who is second among Golden Knights defensemen with 17 points (two goals, 15 assists), is expected to play after missing the past 13 games with an upper-body injury.

 

Players to watch

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games and is one goal from tying Paul Coffey (108) for the most by a defenseman in team history.

Golden Knights forward Brandon Pirri has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

 

They said it

“Definitely nice to get this one tonight. “We know it’s going to be a tough one [Saturday], a tough building. So it was good to get these two points.” — Penguins forward Jake Guentzel after winning Friday at Arizona

“[Pittsburgh is] a good team. They have a lot of skill. When you look at their top five, six guys, they’re a highly-skilled team and they play well.” — Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore

 

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel — Sidney CrosbyBryan Rust

Riley SheahanEvgeni MalkinPhil Kessel

Tanner PearsonDerick BrassardDominik Simon

Joseph Blandisi Matt CullenPatric Hornqvist

Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang

Olli MaattaJuuso Riikola

Marcus PetterssonJack Johnson

Casey DeSmith

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Justin Schultz (leg)

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonBrandon Pirri

Max PaciorettyPaul StastnyAlex Tuch

Tomas NosekCody EakinRyan Carpenter

Oscar LindbergPierre-Edouard BellemareRyan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt

Shea Theodore — Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller — Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Brad Hunt, Valentin Zykov , Jon Merrill

Injured: Reilly Smith (undisclosed), Erik Haula (lower body), Malcolm Subban (illness), William Carrier (illness)

 

Status report

Hornqvist (concussion) is a game-time decision. … Lagace will back up Fleury for the fourth straight game. 

 

Stat pack

Malkin is three assists from 600 in the NHL. … Crosby has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his past 12 games. … Fleury is 6-2-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average in his past eight starts. … Tuch has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games.

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