Lagace stopped 20 of 24 shots Saturday in a 5-4 shootout road win over the Sharks. This was his preseason debut. Lagace's final stat line leaves a lot to be desired, but he showed tremendous resolve in hanging on through the shootout frame. The Canadian backstop is slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban on the organizational depth chart.
Legace will start between the pipes against San Jose on Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. Legace, the third goalie on the Golden Knights' depth chart, will get the starting nod in this exhibition. Vegas appears to be taking it easy with Marc-Andre Fleury's backup, Malcolm Subban (ankle) in the preseason, though he has been participating in practice.
Lagace signed a contract with the Golden Knights on Sunday. According to CapFriendly, this is a one-year deal valued at $650,000. Due to a rash of injuries affecting Vegas' goalies this past season, Lagace was thrown into the fire, and he ended up appearing in his first 16 NHL games. Over that span, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder recorded a 3.92 GAA and .867 save percentage. No one will be mistaking those for quality rate stats, but the important thing is that Lagace still fashioned a respectable 6-7-1 record and did a fine job holding down the fort while No. 1 tender Marc-Andre Fleury was out of commision. Lagace will probably start the 2018-19 campaign in the AHL, but since he's apparently earned the trust of GM George McPhee, he could be a call-up candidate if injuries once again threaten the team.
Lagace was sent down to AHL Chicago on Thursday. Lagace was serving as the backup goaltender behind Marc-Andre Fleury with Malcolm Subban (upper body) on injured reserve. While nothing is official, this could be a hint at Subban returning soon. At any rate, Lagace has struggled at the NHL level in his rookie season. The 25-year-old owns a 3.91 GAA and .867 save percentage in 16 appearances.
Lagace made 13 saves on 17 shots after replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period of an 8-3 loss to New Jersey on Wednesday. It didn't matter who the Golden Knights tried in net in this contest, because nothing worked for them on defense all night. Lagace's outing was a slight improvement on Fleury, but both netminders struggled badly against New Jersey, despite only facing a combined 28 shots. The sooner both of them can flush this one, the better.
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