Preview: Golden Knights at Penguins
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.
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.
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: Golden Knights 3, Penguins 2