Lagace will be summoned from AHL Chicago ahead of Sunday's game against the Flyers, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Lagace will replace Malcolm Subban on the active roster after Subban suffered an injury during practice Saturday. His opportunities in goal will likely be minimal this time around with Marc-Andre Fleury healthy, but he could receive a start or two depending on how long Subban is sidelined.
Lagace stopped 36 of 39 shots in Saturday's win over the Stars. Lagace was making his first start since Dec.1 against Winnipeg, when he was burned for six goals in a crushing defeat. The 24-year-old has found himself in the backup role once again with Malcolm Subban having returned from injury and playing very well. Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) is nearing a return, so expect Lagace to be sent back to the AHL soon. His 6-6-1 record is decent, but his .872 save percentage indicates there's still some work that needs to be done.
Lagace surrendered six goals on 37 shots in Friday night's 7-4 road loss to the Jets. This putrid showing by the Vegas defense -- coupled with a Kings win over the Blues -- caused the expansion club to lose its white-knuckled grip as leaders of the Pacific Division. Lagace owns terrible ratios (3.85 GAA, .866 save percentage) through 13 games, but he's claimed five victories, including a Nov. 10 triumph over Winnipeg -- the very team that caused him fits Friday. Malcom Subban is the de facto No. 1 backstop for the Golden Knights with Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) still without a timetable for his return, but Lagace still figures to see his fair share of playing time until Flower is ready to spring.
Lagace will start in goal Friday against the Jets, who are playing host in this contest. Lagace has sat the last three games after being yanked from his last start for surrendering three goals on 23 shots to the Sharks. However, with Malcolm Subban dropping each of the last two tilts and starting Thursday, the 24-year-old netminder will get another shot in the crease. He squares off against a Jets club averaging 3.24 goals per contest this season.
Lagace allowed four goals on 23 shots before leaving at the start of the third period against the Sharks on Saturday. Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant said Lagace wasn't feeling well, so the team turned to Malcolm Subban in the final period. He avoided a loss, but Lagace snapped a three-game streak where he allowed just two goals in each contest. Lagace isn't exactly having a great season, but his numbers are a bit misleading. He allowed nine goals in his first two appearances and then seven in a matchup with Oilers a couple weeks ago. Other than that, he's been decent.
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