Lineup updates vs NJD 👇
👉Pacioretty has a minor injury and will not play tonight.
👉Stastny is in will play alongside Tuch and Lindberg
👉We'll find out the rest of lineup tonight 👌
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 14, 2018
Max Pacioretty Injured
Pacioretty’s injury is unspecified and there is no definite timetable for his return yet. A team spokesperson said, “The team feels it is best for him to miss one game rather than six. (It) is management’s decision to hold him out tonight.”
The Golden Knights told me left wing Max Pacioretty does, in fact, have a minor injury and won't play vs. Devils.
From a team spokesperson: "The team feels it is best for him to miss one game rather than six. (It) is management's decision to hold him out tonight." #VegasBorn
— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) December 14, 2018
So far this season, Pacioretty has scored 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in 28 games to go along with 16 minutes in penalties. His 10 goals are only two less than the leading goal scorer on the team, Jon Marchessault. Pacioretty has averaged 16:54 of ice time per game this season. His possession stats are 52.4 percent Corsi-For and a -3.8 relative Corsi.
Pacioretty is in his 11th NHL season. He has played 654 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights. In those 654 NHL games, he has 236 goals and 230 assists for 446 total points. He has averaged 17:36 of ice time per game in his career. he played 10 seasons with the Canadiens before he was traded to Vegas by Montreal for Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar and Vegas’ 2nd round pick in 2019 NHL Draft.
What This Means For the Future
The Golden Knights have not announced their full lineup for tonight. However, they did announce that forward Paul Stastny will be back tonight for the first time since October 8. He missed 30 games. He is expected to be on a line with forwards Alex Tuch and Oscar Lindberg.
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 11: Vegas Golden Knights Left Wing Max Pacioretty (67) looks on during the first period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vegas Golden Knights on October 11, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Penguins defeated the Golden Knights 4-2. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)