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GAME DAY: Golden Knights put win streak on line against Canucks

Updated March 3, 2019 - 1:30 pm

The Golden Knights aim for their fourth straight victory when they meet the Vancouver Canucks in a Sunday matinee at T-Mobile Arena.

Opening faceoff is 1 p.m., and the game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

The Knights (35-26-5, 75 points) are playing their third game in four days and are coming off a 3-0 victory at Anaheim on Friday, as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his league-leading seventh shutout.

“I think we did a really good job last game of keeping it simple, obviously all those cliches of playing our game and getting our feet going early,” defenseman Colin Miller said. “One o’clock games can be a little tricky sometimes, but we’ve been playing a lot lately, so hopefully it’s not a problem.”

Coach Gerard Gallant said there will be no changes to the lineup and Fleury is expected to make his league-leading 56th start.

The Knights haven’t lost since acquiring right wing Mark Stone at the trade deadline.

Defenseman Shea Theodore recorded an assist against the Ducks to set a career high with his 30th point (10 goals, 20 assists). He has a plus-5 rating in the past three games.

Stone notched his first point with the Knights and 63rd overall when he set up William Karlsson for a power-play goal in the first period against Anaheim.

Stone is one point shy of matching his career high.

The Knights remain third in the Pacific Division six points ahead of Arizona, which has won six straight.

The Knights are 5-0-1 all-time against the Canucks, and the teams finish the season series Saturday at Vancouver.

“We have four lines rolling, and that’s the way this team prides itself,” left wing Max Pacioretty said. “We’re not a one-line team. The last three games we’ve shown that, but also it’s a dangerous game for a team that’s desperate. They’ve got nothing to lose, and they do have some very good skill over there.

”We’ve got to try and contain that skill and make sure that we play our game in their end.”

Vancouver (27-29-9, 63 points) hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss to Arizona on Thursday and dropped seven of its past nine games.

Center Elias Pettersson leads the Canucks in scoring and tops all rookies in goals (26), assists (30), points (56), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (7) and points per game (1.04).

The 20-year-old from Sweden is four points shy of matching the franchise record for most points by a rookie held by Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka with 60.

Brock Boeser, the team’s third-leading scorer with 21 goals and 43 points, was a minus-4 against Arizona in his last outing and was demoted from the top line during practice Saturday.

“You look at their lineup and they definitely split them up a little bit and they’ve got a lot of depth through their lineup, and I think a lot of coaches are doing that this time of the year just to get some more depth through their lines,” Gallant said. “They’re a good team. They work hard and they’re battling. They lost a couple tough games on the road trip so far, but they’re going to battle hard today and they’ve got some good talent over there.”

Golden Knights projected lineup

Forwards

Max Pacioretty-Paul Stastny-Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith

Brandon Pirri-Cody Eakin-Alex Tuch

Ryan Carpenter-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Ryan Reaves

Defensemen

Nate Schmidt-Deryk Engelland

Brayden McNabb-Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill-Colin Miller

Goaltender

Marc-Andre Fleury

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