Chicago is 0-5 against Vegas since the team’s inception in 2017. The Golden Knights won the first meeting this season, 8-3, on Nov. 27 in Chicago with a team record for goals in a game. Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore each had two goals and an assist.
Vegas then rallied for a 4-3 win over Chicago on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas as Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch scored goals a mere 12 seconds apart in the third period for the victory.
It won’t be easy an easy task to beat the Golden Knights for the Blackhawks, who have dropped four of their past five games, including a 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators on Wednesday night. Artem Anisimov sent the game to overtime with 2:21 left in regulation, but Filip Forsberg scored a minute into the extra session.
Rookie goaltender Collin Delia made 33 saves in the loss, and he’ll start a third straight game for Chicago on Saturday. He’s 3-1-2 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .939 save percentage this season.
At the other end of the ice, the Blackhawks will face Marc-Andre Fleury, who is coming off a 24-save outing in Vegas’ 3-2 home loss against the Sharks. The loss snapped the Golden Knights’ seven-game winning streak. Fleury leads the NHL in wins (25) and shutouts (six).
Tuch leads Vegas offensively with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games. William Karlsson paces the team in goals with 15, while Marchessault, Tuch, Max Pacioretty and Cody Eakin all have at least 12 goals.
Brandon Pirri, who scored 13 points with the Blackhawks after being drafted by them in 2009, looks to finally have a home in the NHL with Vegas. He’s bounced back and forth between the Golden Knights and their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, but he’s made his time in the NHL count. He has seven goals and 11 points in only nine games with the Golden Knights.
As always, lines will be updated.
DeBrincat — Toews — Kahun
Anisimov — Strome — Kane
Saad — Kampf — Caggiula
Perlini — Kruger — Hayden
Keith (sick) — Jokiharju
Gustafsson — Seabrook
Dahlstrom — Murphy
Pirri — Karlsson — Marchessault
Pacioretty — Stastny — Tuch
Lindberg — Eakin — Carpenter
Nosek — Bellemare — Reaves
McNabb — Schmidt
Theodore — Engelland
Merrill — Holden
How to Watch
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: United Center, Chicago