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Game 9 Preview: Vegas Golden Knights @ Pittsburgh Penguins 10/19/2019: lines, how to watch

It’s a Marc-Andre Fleury hockey night in Pittsburgh!

NHL: FEB 06 Golden Knights at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Who: Vegas Golden Knights (5-3-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-0)

When: 7:00 p.m.

How to Watch: AT&T Sportsnet in the Pittsburgh viewing area, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain for the Western peeps

Opponent Track: Vegas lost 5-2 at home on Tuesday against Nashville, then rebounded to win in a shootout against Ottawa on Thursday before traveling east to Pittsburgh yesterday. They’ll be jetting out of town to meet the Flyers in Philly on Monday.

Pens path ahead: Too early in the fall for a Florida trip! Save it for when it gets cold, NHL! Anyways, the Pens will fly south to Miami on Monday and play the Panthers on Tuesday. Then they quickly take the jaunt over to Tampa for another game on Wednesday. They don’t play again after that until next Saturday in Dallas,

Season Series: Pittsburgh makes their yearly trip to Sin City on Tuesday January 7th. If you haven’t been out there yet for a Pens/Vegas game in Vegas, like seriously, try to go ASAP if you can. Tons of fun.

Recent history: 1-1 last year for Pens and Knights. Pittsburgh won 4-2 in Pittsburgh in October 2018, then Vegas won 7-3 in Vegas in January.

SBN Team Counterpart: Knights on Ice for all your Golden Knights related news

Player Stats at a Glance

via hockeydb:

Mark Stone is #thriving in his first full season away from the disaster known as the Ottawa Senators. Yeah, yeah, it’s early but he’s on pace for a 113 point season. His career-high is 64 in five full seasons with OTT. (And, to be fair he did miss a bunch of games to injury).

—It’s been the Marc-Andre Fleury show this year. The soon-to-be 35 (!!!) year-old goalie has played all but 1 period of Vegas’ whole season to this point. And he’s played incredibly well too, with a 5-2 record, 2.46 GAA and .926 save%.

—Youngsters Cody Glass and Nic Hague have made impressive NHL debuts.

—Remember when the old regime in Florida didn’t want to pay Reilly Smith $5 million a year so they gave Jonathan Marchessault as a sweetener? Reilly’s got six goals in seven games. Not bad for an anchor. Just another example how if you have cap space in the NHL, you can pretty much utilize it to acquire good players.

Possible Lines (based on Thursday game)

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith

Max PaciorettyPaul StastnyMark Stone

Brandon PirriCody Eakin – Cody Glass

William CarrierTomas NosekRyan Reaves

Braydoen McNabb / Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill / Nick Holden

Nic Hague/ Deryk Engelland

Expected scratches: Jake Bischoff

Suspended: Valentin Zykov

Injured reserve: Nate Schmidt, Alex Tuch (LTIR)

Ryan Reaves / Ryan Reeves

This is probably only something that will interest me, but it’s my blog and you’re reading it, so here we are.

Ryan Reeves. He’s a pro wrestler. Ironically enough he’s from Las Vegas. He’s like a mountain of muscle. (He’s also better known as Ryback).

Ryan Reaves. He’s got a pro wrestling sized personality. And he doesn’t pull any punches, I mean look at this. Literally catches buddy’s hand then feeds him two. Yikes!

The home team shouldn’t have to need to check the game notes, DO NOT fight 75, everyone knows it. Hopefully the old friend won’t be too ornery tonight..

But what are the odds there are two Ryan Reaves/Ryan Reeves, big ass dudes with Vegas ties that you would NOT want to mess with? It’s the little things that are amusing.

And now for the Pens..

That fudge unreal bud?

Infographic courtesy of the Penguins:

Potential Lines (Based on Friday game)

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun - Jared McCann - Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese - Teddy Blueger - Brandon Tanev

Adam Johnson - Joseph Blandisi - Sam Lafferty

Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson / Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson / John Marino

Expected scratches: Chad Ruhwedel (healthy), Juuso Riikola (healthy), Erik Gudbranson (healthy)

Injured: Bryan Rust (broken hand, LTIR), Evgeni Malkin (lower body injury, IR) Nick Bjugstad (lower body injury, IR), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body injury, IR)

—Really should be a Tristan Jarry game in night two of a back-to-back. Tough circumstance for the youngster, but welcome to life as an NHL backup. The Pens are playing 3 in 4, but then again the Knights just flew (basically) cross-country yesterday too. Which will win out? Will it matter? We shall see here soon.