National Hockey League
Vegas at San Jose
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights seem light-years removed from when they shifted to a five-man goaltender carousel to spin their way out of early-season trouble. With Marc-Andre Fleury nursing a head injury, the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights open a modest two-game road trip on Thursday with a tilt against the second-place San Jose Sharks.

"Not getting into specifics with what he's doing, but he's not going to come today. He may join us tomorrow or in the near future," coach Gerard Gallant said of Fleury, who exited after one period in Tuesday's 4-1 triumph versus Vancouver after taking a shot off the mask. Malcolm Subban came on in relief and is expected to get the nod on Thursday in place of the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who already had missed 25 games this season with a concussion. Vegas has won five of seven but has failed to pad its eight-point lead over San Jose, which has erupted for 27 goals en route to winning a season-best five in a row. "You always find out what your group is made of when they're pushed up against the wall," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We were in a group a couple weeks ago of five or six teams that were all pretty much in the same spot, and we found a way to separate ourselves."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (47-21-5): Jonathan Marchessault is bidding to put his seven-game point drought in his rear-view mirror with an assist in Sunday's 4-0 victory over Calgary and a goal versus Vancouver in his last two outings. The 27-year-old Quebec native scored 1:21 into overtime to cap a three-point performance in Vegas' 5-4 overtime win over San Jose on Nov. 24 before scoring a goal and setting up another in a 5-3 triumph over the Sharks on Feb. 8. "This is going to be like a playoff game. I can't wait," Marchessault said of Thursday's upcoming tilt. "They have a lot at stake and so do we. If we focus on our game and not worry about them - we'll be OK. But I expect a real hard game with both teams ready to go."

ABOUT THE SHARKS (41-23-9): Defenseman Brent Burns notched two of his three assists on the power play in Tuesday's 6-2 romp over New Jersey, repeating the feat of his last encounter versus Vegas. The 2017 Norris Trophy winner has five of his club-best 48 assists in the last four contests while captain Joe Pavelski (team-leading 59 points) has one goal and five assists during his five-game point streak. Pavelski tallied twice in the more recent meeting with the Golden Knights, but Martin Jones has struggled by yielding seven goals to the club in just over four periods of action this season.


1. San Jose C Logan Couture has three goals and three assists in his last four contests and D Brenden Dillon has scored two goals and set up four others during his five-game point streak.

2. G Oscar Dansk, who sported a 3-0-0 mark with a 1.78 goals-against average in four games with Vegas, was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Wednesday.

3. The Sharks' eighth-ranked power play has six goals in the last seven games after going 0-for-28 in their previous 12.

PREDICTION: Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vegas 47-21-3-2 W2 26-9-1-1 21-12-2-1 14-1-0-0 33-20-3-2 18-3-2-0
San Jose 41-23-6-3 W5 22-11-2-1 19-12-4-2 6-2-1-0 35-21-5-3 19-4-2-1
Last Meeting
Vegas San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/8/18 VEG 5 SJ 3 33 35 1-5 38 28 2-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vegas J. Marchessault 2
San Jose B. Burns 3
Goals Player  
Vegas E. Haula 1
San Jose J. Pavelski 2
Assists Player  
Vegas C. Miller 2
San Jose B. Burns 3
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 35
San Jose M. Jones 28
Total Points Player  
Vegas D. Perron 69
San Jose J. Pavelski 60
Goals Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 39
San Jose L. Couture 30
Assists Player  
Vegas D. Perron 51
San Jose B. Burns 49
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 1221
San Jose M. Jones 1402
Quickchart Matchup
Vegas Off vs  San Jose Def
3.36 GF
2.71 GA
32.9 Shots
30.4 Shots
48 PP
32 PK
San Jose Off vs  Vegas Def
3.03 GF
2.71 GA
32.8 Shots
30.7 Shots
50 PP
40 PK