Lagace turned aside 29 shots in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Sabres. Getting the start with both Tristan Jarry (upper body) and Casey DeSmith (lower body) nursing injuries ahead of the playoffs, Lagace -- who'd only gotten one NHL start since 2017-18 -- recorded his first career shutout. With both Jarry and DeSmith expected to be healthy when the postseason begins, Lagace's tenure with Pittsburgh may only last one game.
Lagace will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game versus the Sabres, Mark Divver of the New England Hockey Journal reports. Lagace hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2018-19, when he surrendered four goals on 31 shots as a member of the Golden Knights in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes. He'll attempt to earn his seventh career NHL victory in a favorable home matchup with a Buffalo team that's 7-17-3 on the road this season.
Lagace was called up from AHL Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Casey DeSmith (lower body) is a game-time decision Tuesday against Philadelphia, so Lagace may dress and back up Tristan Jarry. Nonetheless, Lagace hasn't seen NHL action since his single appearance with Vegas in 2018-19, so there likely won't be much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Lagace was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Lagace sports a .911 save percentage and 2.10 GAA through eight AHL games this season. He could continue joining the taxi squad as an insurance body on occasion but shouldn't see any time on the active roster.
Lagace was promoted to Pittsburgh's taxi squad Thursday. Lagace will be on hand as an emergency option for Thursday's game versus Philadelphia. The 28-year-old netminder hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2018-19.
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