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GAMEDAY THREAD 26/82: Vegas Golden Knights at Chicago Blackhawks

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“On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again.”

Vegas Golden Knights v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Golden Knights (12-12-1) have a chance to take their record above .500, but they’ll have to go through the Chicago Blackhawks to do so.

Vegas has won three games in a row and is coming off back-to-back shutouts against the top two teams in the Pacific Division (San Jose, Calgary). Tonight’s matchup pits them against a Blackhawks team that recently pulled off a trade with the Arizona Coyotes in hopes of improving a 9-10-5 start to the season.

Chicago general manager Stan Bowman shipped out Nick Schmaltz in exchange for forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, who will make their Blackhawks debuts tonight as part of the team’s fourth line; Strome is set to skate on the team’s second power-play unit. Chris Kunitz and Andreas Martinsen will serve as healthy scratches. Defenseman Henri Jokiharju is listed as a game-time decision.

Patrick Kane, who leads the Hawks in scoring (13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points), will drop down to the second line to skate with Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov.

Max Pacioretty enters tonight’s contest on a five-game point streak (6-1—7), as does Reilly Smith (1-7—8).

Marc-Andre Fleury has recorded three shutouts in his last six games; he leads the league with five.

Vegas has a 3-0-0 all-time record against Chicago.

Here are the projected lineups for both clubs:

Golden Knights

Marchessault — Karlsson — Smith
Pacioretty — Eakin — Tuch
Nosek — Carpenter — Carr
Carrier — Bellemare — Reaves

Schmidt — McNabb
Miller — Holden
Theodore — Engelland

Fleury
Subban

Blackhawks

Saad — Toews — Hayden
DeBrincat — Anisimov — Kane
Fortin — Kampf — Kahun
Perlini — Strome — Kruger

Keith — Forsling
Gustafsson — Jokiharju
Manning — Seabrook

Crawford
Ward

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