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GAMEDAY THREAD: Western Conference Final, Game 1 — Golden Knights starting Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Stars

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That was unexpected. Let’s talk about it.

Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks - Game Four Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Welcome to the Western Conference Final.

Take it away, Frank.

The Golden Knights are indeed rolling with Marc-Andre Fleury in net for Game 1 against the Dallas Stars. Robin Lehner started three of the past four game, including a 14-save shutout in Game 7 on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Lehner saw an average of 17.6 shots in the final three games, so this decision doesn’t pop off as giving Lehner a “needed” rest.

Alas, it is Fleury getting the call against Anton Khudobin to kick off the series.

Golden Knights lineup

Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonReilly Smith

Max PaciorettyChandler StephensonMark Stone

Nicolas RoyPaul StastnyAlex Tuch

William CarrierTomas NosekNick Cousins

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt

Alec MartinezShea Theodore

Nick HoldenZach Whitecloud

Marc-Andre Fleury