May 29th, 2024

Thompson to start in goal, Stone returns for Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 against Dallas Stars

By The Associated Press on April 22, 2024.

DALLAS (AP) – Logan Thompson will be in net for the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their opening-round series against the Dallas Stars on Monday night, marking the postseason debut for the 27-year-old goalie.

Coach Bruce Cassidy is going with Thompson over Adin Hill, who had a 1.99 goals-against-average and two shutouts when Vegas beat the Stars in a six-game Western Conference Final last year.

Thompson had a .926 save percentage and 2.14 GAA in his past 11 games. He split starts down the stretch with Hill, who has struggled this season with injuries and inconsistent play.

Cassidy also said captain Mark Stone will play in the series opener after missing 26 games since he lacerated his spleen on Feb. 20. So will defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (appendicitis) and left wing William Carrier, who missed the final 11 games with an upper-body injury. Carrier is one of the five original Golden Knights players who has appeared in all of the franchise’s six playoff runs before this year.

When Thompson missed last year’s postseason with a lower-body injury, and Laurent Brossoit got injured in the second round, Hill went 11-4 with a .932 save percentage the rest of the playoffs.

Hill started this season 10-2-2 with a .935 save percentage and 1.87 GAA before a lower-body injury. He won his first four starts after returning in mid-January but has been inconsistent and dealt with more injuries since. He is 5-9 with an .876 save percentage and 3.76 GAA since Feb. 12.

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AP NHL playoffs: https://apnews.com/hub/stanley-cup and https://apnews.com/hub/nhl

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