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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Preview and Predictions 10-19-2019


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.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Vegas), AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh

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.

OVERTIME

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.

Prediction

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Stadium

Consol Energy Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 18,387

Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Patric Hornqvist

    Leg
    Ques 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.

  • Sidney Crosby

    Hernia
    Late Dec | I-R

    Crosby is on injured reserve after from core muscle surgery and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

  • Justin Schultz

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Schultz is dealing with a lower-body ailment, leaving his status for Thursday's game versus the Islanders hazy.

  • Nick Bjugstad

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bjugstad has landed on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Kris Letang

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Letang is sidelined due to a lower-body injury, and he is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Cody Eakin

    Lower Body
    Ques 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.

  • Alex Tuch

    Upper Body
    Prob 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.

  • Shea Theodore

    Face
    Prob 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.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    Rest
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Fleury is not expected to take part in Sunday's game against the Red Wings as he is to be rested.

  • Nick Holden

    Flu
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Holden is expected to lace up against the Maple Leafs on Thursday despite a flu bug.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Fleury is not expected to take part in Thursday's game versus the Maple Leafs due to a day of rest.

pittsburgh-penguins Stats 2019-2020

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