The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins try for their sixth straight victory when they meet the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday to complete a three-game homestand. Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 4-2 on Friday behind a pair of third-period goals by Kris Letang, giving the veteran defenseman four on the season and tying him for second on the club with captain Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist - one behind leader Jake Guentzel.
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Marc-Andre Fleury (5-2-0, 2.46 goals-against average, .926 save percentage) is off to a solid start for Vegas and is expected to be in net to face his former team for the fourth time (2-1-0, 3.02, .910). The Golden Knights embark on a three-game road trip after splitting a pair at home thanks to a 3-2 shootout victory over Ottawa on Thursday in which they registered 54 shots. "Our consistency has not been great at the beginning of the season here, and we have to find a way to be consistent night after night,'' Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault told reporters on Thursday after scoring the deciding goal. "It's a hard road trip ahead of us. We're facing three really good teams, so obviously it's good to get the confidence of a win." Vegas is clicking on special teams, going 5-for-10 on the power play over its last three games and killing 29-of-31 penalties this season.
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ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (5-3-0): Reilly Smith has recorded a team-high six goals after scoring in each of the last three games. Mark Stone (five goals) paces the club with 11 points and has notched at least one in seven of his eight contests. William Karlsson, who recorded 67 goals from 2017-19, hasn't scored this season but has posted seven assists and a team-best plus-5 rating in eight games.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS (6-2-0): Hornqvist recorded a goal and two assists against Dallas while Letang (10 points this season) unleashed five shots, giving him a club-most 33 this season. Crosby (team-high 12 points) was held without a point on Friday for the first time in 2019-20 but was plus-1 in 21 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time. Backup goaltender Tristan Jarry, who never has faced Vegas, is expected to make his second start of the season after Matt Murray made 22 saves on Friday.
1. Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 23-11 during its winning streak.
2. Vegas RW Valentin Zykov on Thursday received a 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL and NHLPA's performance-enhancing substances program.
3. The clubs have split their four meetings, with each scoring 13 goals and the home team winning every time.
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Key Players to Watch
- LegQues Thurs | I-R
Hornqvist has been placed on the injured reserve list with a leg injury. It has yet to be established if he will return against the Islanders on Thursday.
- HerniaLate Dec | I-R
Crosby is on injured reserve after from core muscle surgery and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
- Lower BodyQues Thurs | questionable
Schultz is dealing with a lower-body ailment, leaving his status for Thursday's game versus the Islanders hazy.
- Lower BodyOut indefinitely | I-R
Bjugstad has landed on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, and there is currently no timetable for return.
- Lower BodyOut indefinitely | out
Letang is sidelined due to a lower-body injury, and he is expected to miss multiple weeks.
Vegas Golden Knights
- Lower BodyQues Sat | questionable
Eakin exited the previous game due to a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Kings on Saturday.
- Upper BodyProb Wed | probable
Tuch is sidelined with an upper-body injury, but it is projected that he will return to the lineup Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
- FaceProb Wed | probable
Theodore left the last game with a facial injury, but it is anticipated that he will suit up against the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
- RestDoub Sun | doubtful
Fleury is not expected to take part in Sunday's game against the Red Wings as he is to be rested.
- FluProb Thurs | probable
Holden is expected to lace up against the Maple Leafs on Thursday despite a flu bug.
- RestDoub Thurs | doubtful
Fleury is not expected to take part in Thursday's game versus the Maple Leafs due to a day of rest.
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