ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues have three players poised to make their season debuts against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com]www.bruinsshoponline.com[/url] , but the biggest question surrounding the team this week is the uncertainty in goal.Starting goalie Jake Allen left Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks late in the second period after a collision with teammate Zach Sanford.Goalie Ville Husso was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio and skated with backup Chad Johnson in practice Monday and Tuesday, but Husso was sent back to the Rampage after Allen skated Tuesday and Wednesday.Article continues below ...Allen, who went through concussion protocol, said he’s ready to go against the Golden Knights if head coach Mike Yeo decides to put him in the lineup.“It was a hard play to the net. I just made a save and it was a tough blow to the side of the head,” Allen told NHL.com. “I was really (shaken) up at the time. It was the right decision to take me out. It took a little bit of time to gather myself. But after that, I was OK.”Forwards Robby Fabbri, Nikita Soshnikov and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson could all make their season debuts against Vegas.Fabbri, who just completed a three-game conditioning assignment in San Antonio, has not played in a regular-season game since tearing the ACL in his left knee against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 4, 2017.“I think what we have to find out here is how close is he to 100 percent,” Yeo told NHL.com. “His hundred percent for me is pretty high. That’s a pretty high level. That’s going back to a level that I saw him play at two years ago.”Gunnarsson is also returning from an ACL tear and hip surgery. He is coming off a two-game stint with San Antonio.“That was the last kind of speed, get to game speed and all that, so a good test [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-t-shirts]Boston Bruins T-Shirts Womens[/url] , and two pretty good games,” Gunnarsson told NHL.com. “That was the last test, it held up well, I feel good, so green light. Now it’s just up to the coaches.”The Blues went 1-0-2 against the Golden Knights last season.Vegas is coming off of a 4-1 loss at Nashville on Tuesday. Forward Ryan Hartman scored twice for the Predators as the Golden Knight allowed four straight goals.“For me, we played the perfect road period against a real good team in the first (period),” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “And then after that, we made some real bad mistakes and it cost us goals every time.”Forward Reilly Smith scored a power play goal in the first period for the Golden Knights, but after putting 13 shots on net in the first, Vegas was held to 11 shots in the final two periods.“We made a couple mistakes maybe over-forechecking and not covering for each other as well as we should, and they did a good job capitalizing on odd-man rushes,” Smith told the Review-Journal. “I think it was a game tailored to them where they just threw a lot of pucks to the neutral zone and waited for bounces. They were able to capitalize on them.” San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer remarked Tuesday night that opposing teams “are fighting for their lives already.”The Columbus Blue Jackets could be in that category in spite of a winning record.Two teams coming off difficult defeats meet for the first time this season when San Jose takes on Columbus on Thursday night at SAP Center.Article continues below ...After a successful three-game road trip, San Jose (6-3-3) looked sluggish in a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Tomas Hertl scored with 1.2 seconds left in regulation [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-hoodie]Boston Bruins Hoodies Womens[/url] , but Martin Jones gave up the game-winner in the third round of the tiebreaker. Though the Sharks have not lost in regulation in six straight games (4-0-2), DeBoer noted the club was fortunate to extend that streak.“Found a way tonight, maybe on a night we didn’t deserve it,” he said, pointing out that the team didn’t have great energy.Sharks captain Joe Pavelski refused to blame Jones (5-3-1, 2.86 goals-against average) for the club’s second shootout loss in three games.“He kept us in it all night. Kept buying us time,” Pavelski said. But Jones has been pulled early in two of three career starts against the Blue Jackets in Silicon Valley.Aaron Dell (1-0-2, 2.59 GAA) has yet to play at home this season. He stopped all 14 shots faced in relief of Jones in a 4-2 loss to Columbus last March 4.The Jackets, who are playing three games in four nights in California, are coming off Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Columbus (6-5-0) erased a three-goal deficit with three straight third-period goals before fading late.Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson scored during the late flurry and told the Columbus Dispatch that the team cannot take any opponent lightly.“Every team in this league is a good hockey team, and we’ve got to be ready to play. That’s our job,” said Anderson, who is tied with Cam Atkinson for the team lead with six goals.The Blue Jackets are only two points out of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-hats]Boston Bruins Hats Womens[/url] , but that’s because of a 3-1-0 road record and despite Sergei Bobrovsky not looking like a two-time Vezina Trophy winner. Though he turned aside 23 of 24 shots in relief Tuesday, Bobrovsky has lost each of his last three appearances. And in his only road start this season, Bobrovsky allowed a career-worst eight goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 13.Joonas Korpisalo stopped only four of seven shots against Detroit before being replaced. Though the Finn is 4-0-0 this season, his GAA is just under 4.00.Whoever starts for Columbus will need to be sharp. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and winger Timo Meier are riding nine-game point streaks, and Hertl and center Logan Couture are on seven-game runs.San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson needs one assist to reach 400 for his career. Karlsson had a career-high four helpers against the Jackets on Oct. 14, 2015, while with the Ottawa Senators.Columbus captain Nick Foligno said the team needs to keep it simple.“When the game feels like you’re fighting it, especially early on, go back to the basics — hitting, winning your battles, skating,” he told the team’s official website.
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