Preview: Canucks at Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have turned the tables on a tough start to the season, winning three straight contests to even their record after eight games. The Golden Knights aim to continue their good fortune and remain unbeaten versus the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday when the Pacific Division rivals meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Marc-Andre Fleury has turned aside 69 of 71 shots during the three-game winning streak, highlighted by moving into sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list by registering his 408th following a 17-save performance in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Anaheim. The three-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday, yielded just three goals to win both of his starts versus Vancouver last season as Vegas went on to emerge victorious in all four matches with its division rival. Sven Baertschi scored in a 6-3 setback against the Golden Knights on Feb. 23 and also tallied on the power play Monday as the Canucks fell for the second time in three contests with a 5-2 setback against Washington. Bo Horvat had an assist to push his point streak to three games heading into a tilt with Vegas, against which he tallied twice while registering 11 shots on goal in four meetings in 2017-18.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet 360 (Vancouver), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Vegas)
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (5-4-0): Rookie Elias Pettersson, who is being plagued by his first recorded concussion, practiced with his teammates on Tuesday and will travel with the club on its two-game road trip to Vegas and Arizona. “Maybe, maybe not,” the 19-year-old Swede told reporters when asked if he could play Wednesday. “This is my first practice with the team, and I’m taking it day by day. The medical team here helped me a lot and (said) I should take it day by day and rather rest one extra day.” Pettersson leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists) despite being sidelined for the last four games after being injured by Florida defenseman Mike Matheson on Oct. 13.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (4-4-0): Jonathan Marchessault recorded a multi-point performance for the second straight game and fourth time in six outings on Saturday when he scored and set up a goal against the Ducks. The 27-year-old leads the team in goals (five) and points (10), and flustered the Canucks with three tallies and two assists in three outings in 2017-18. Fellow forward William Karlsson has turned it on of late with eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last six contests and faces a Vancouver team that he shredded for four goals and five assists last season.
1. Vancouver recalled Darren Archibald from Utica of the American Hockey League on Tuesday with fellow F Brock Boeser (lower body) deemed day-to-day by coach Travis Green.
2. Vegas owns the league’s worst power play (8.3 percent).
3. Canucks G Anders Nilsson has answered permitting five goals in his first three games by surrendering four on 32 shots in each of his last two contests.