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GAME DAY: Golden Knights start 3-game homestand against Devils

Updated January 6, 2019 - 11:18 am

Malcolm Subban will start in net when the Golden Knights begin a three-game homestand Sunday against the New Jersey Devils at T-Mobile Arena.

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

The Knights (25-15-4, 54 points) are riding a five-game win streak and have points in eight straight games (6-0-2), which is the second-longest streak in club history behind the 13-game run from Dec. 3, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.

They can tie idle Calgary (56 points) atop the Western Conference standings with a victory.

Since Nov. 21, the Knights are 16-3-3 and their .795 points percentage in that time trails only league-leading Tampa Bay (18-1-1, .925).

Subban is making his first start at home and first appearance at T-Mobile Arena since opening night Oct. 4 against Philadelphia when he relieved Marc-Andre Fleury.

Subban has allowed one goal in each of his past two appearances, including a 30-save effort on Dec. 29 in a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles. He is 1-5 with a 3.10 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

Defenseman Shea Theodore, who was scratched from Friday’s 3-2 victory at Anaheim due to illness, practiced Saturday and will play against the Devils.

Left wing Max Pacioretty missed practice Saturday after the birth of his son and also will be in the lineup.

The Knights are 13-3-3 at T-Mobile Arena, the best home record in the Western Conference by points percentage (.763).

New Jersey rallied from a pair of three-goal deficits to earn a 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Knights on Dec. 14.

The Devils (16-17-7) defeated Arizona 3-2 in a shootout Friday and have points in five of their past seven games to climb out of last place in the Metropolitan Division. Coach John Hynes, in his fourth season with New Jersey, signed a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid had to relieve Mackenzie Blackwood (lower body) in the first period against the Coyotes and is scheduled to start Sunday. New Jersey recalled Cam Johnson from the American Hockey League to serve as the backup.

Forward Taylor Hall, last year’s league MVP, remains on injured reserve and will miss his sixth consecutive game.

The Devils have struggled away from home with a 5-13-3 record and rank 30th in road points percentage.

One bright spot for New Jersey is its penalty kill, which ranks second in the league at 85 percent.

Golden Knights projected lineup

Forwards

Jonathan Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty-Paul Stastny-Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek-Cody Eakin-Ryan Carpenter

William Carrier-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Ryan Reaves

Defensemen

Brayden McNabb-Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore-Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill-Nick Holden

Goaltender

Malcolm Subban

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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