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GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights

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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The wait is finally over. It has been a very long summer since that fateful night in June, but the Golden Knights get a fresh start tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers in Vegas’ home opener.

The Knights will have two more banners raised to the rafters to commemorate the franchise’s remarkable inaugural campaign. Both the Pacific Division Champions and Western Conference Champions banners represent monumental achievement, and the Knights will look to replicate that success in 2018-19 starting tonight.

Injuries will keep forwards Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin out of the lineup, and Nate Schmidt will serve the first game of his 20-game suspension for violating the league’s Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Making their Golden Knights debuts are Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Nick Holden. Erik Haula will skate with the two newcomers on the Knights’ new-look second line with the offseason departures of James Neal and David Perron.

Unsurprisingly, Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net for the Knights; he will face Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott.

Aside from the new faces, all eyes should be on Vegas’ first-line trio of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. The three combined for 213 points last season and seemed destined to be linemates.

As incredible as the Golden Knights performed last year, tonight marks the start of a clean slate. There was much to prove on an individual level last year, but now the pressure falls on the team to prove that last season, a 51-win and 109-point campaign, was no fluke.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

Golden Knights
Marchessault — Karlsson — Smith
Pacioretty — Stastny — Haula
Tomas NosekOscar LindbergRyan Carpenter
William Carrier — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabbColin Miller
Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland
Jon Merrill — Holden

Fleury
Malcolm Subban

Philadelphia Flyers
Claude GirouxSean CouturierTravis Konecny
Oskar LindblomNolan PatrickJakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk — Mikhail Vorobyev — Wayne Simmonds
Scott LaughtonJori LehteraMichael Raffl

Ivan ProvorovShayne Gostisbehere
Robert HaggAndrew MacDonald
Travis SanheimRadko Gudas

Elliott
Anthony Stolarz

And so it begins...

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