The Golden Knights are back to full strength at goaltender.
The Knights activated backup Malcolm Subban off injured reserve Friday and sent Maxime Lagace to the American Hockey League. Subban was last active for a game Jan. 8 against the New York Rangers, and Lagace has been active every game since to provide depth behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
Lagace made one appearance for the Knights, a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 1 when he allowed four goals on 26 shots. The 26-year-old has a .899 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season after making his NHL debut last season.
The @GoldenKnights sent Maxime Lagace back to the AHL. Malcolm Subban is no longer on IR, per the NHL's media site.
— Ben Gotz (@BenSGotz) February 8, 2019
“(I need to) keep working hard,” Lagace said Thursday. “I’ve always preached work ethic, and it’s the same system as last year. It’s little details (I need to work on).”
Subban, whose injury was undisclosed, joined the Knights halfway through their recent four-game trip and began skating with the team Monday.
Subban, 25, has a .904 save percentage and 2.95 goals against average in 16 appearances with the Knights this season.
Knights prospect Cody Glass has resumed skating as he recovers from a left knee injury, a spokesperson for his major junior team confirmed.
Glass was a limited participant in the Portland Winterhawks’ practice Thursday and briefly skated with the team Wednesday.
Update on injured Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass: A @pdxwinterhawks spokesperson confirmed that Glass was a limited participant in practice today (he left a bit early) and also briefly skated Wednesday as he recovers from a left knee injury suffered Jan. 26. #VegasBorn
— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) February 8, 2019
Glass traveled with the team to Washington on Friday for its Western Hockey League games against Seattle and Everett but will not play. The Winterhawks do not have a timetable for his return.
Glass was injured Jan. 26 against Seattle when he became tangled with Thunderbirds forward Tyler Carpendale. Glass’ left knee bore the majority of the additional weight and bent underneath his body, but an MRI showed no major structural damage.
Glass, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has 64 points (13 goals, 51 assists) in 34 games with Portland.
Zykov has the power
When Valentin Zykov led the AHL with 33 goals last season, 17 came on the power play.
The winger saw his first action on the Knights’ power-play unit during Thursday’s 4-3 win at Detroit.
Zykov stepped into the spot previously occupied by Brandon Pirri, who was a healthy scratch against the Red Wings, and logged 1:36 of ice time on the Knights’ two power plays.
Zykov almost scored on a 5-on-4 in the third period when he received a pass along the goal line and made a quick move to the front of the net. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a glove save on the play.
“He’s real dangerous in the offensive zone,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “He made a couple bad mistakes in the defensive zone, but like I said, he put pucks to the net and he was good on the power play.”
Chinese New Year
The Knights announced Friday that they will be the title sponsor for the 2019 Chinese New Year in the Desert/Spring Festival Parade.
Mascot Chance and the team’s Drumbots will take part in a parade from 11 a.m. to noon on Fremont Street. The Knights also will host a free youth hockey clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Downtown Container Park.