Marc-Andre Fleury, essentially the most impactful participant within the brief historical past of the Vegas Golden Knights, this weekend will begin the highest-profile regular-season recreation they’ve performed.”He deserves to be beginning this recreation,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer stated.Fleury will lead the Golden Knights onto the ice for the Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, Nevada (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN1, SN, TVAS). It’s the primary out of doors recreation for the Golden Knights, and the goalie who began their first regular-season, Stanley Cup Playoff and Stanley Cup Final video games will probably be within the web.Fleury has began 164 of the Golden Knights’ 249 regular-season video games and has 98 of their 143 wins since they started play within the 2017-18 season, after they reached the Final.”His affect to this franchise from the day that that they had the [2017 NHL] Expansion Draft has been immeasurable,” DeBoer stated of the 36-year-old, who’s in his seventeenth NHL season and received the Stanley Cup 3 times with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017). “I feel he has the angle. Numerous guys do not realize they’re within the twilight of their profession or are inclined to ignore it, and perhaps do not look again and recognize moments as a lot, however in speaking to him I feel he has that recognition and appreciation within the second that this can be a particular recreation and a special occasion.”Fleury (7-2-0) has a 1.56 goals-against common and .937 save share this season, rating first and second within the NHL amongst goalies with 5 or extra begins. He has began 5 straight video games with Robin Lehner sidelined due to an upper-body damage and is 3-2-0 with one shutout, a 1.81 GAA and .931 save share. Fleury allowed three targets on 55 pictures (.945 save share) in back-to-back video games in opposition to Colorado on Sunday and Tuesday.”This is a steppingstone for our group, and I feel we’re beginning to be identified across the League as a vacation spot place,” Golden Knights captain Mark Stone stated. “Everybody needs to play for Vegas. He was a part of the reasoning and one of many important causes of making that tradition. He’s excited to play. … He’s performed unbelievable.”Fleury has performed two NHL out of doors video games, each for the Penguins: the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh; and the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago.This recreation will not be solely about Fleury or his begin in Vegas’ first signature regular-season recreation.It’s extra concerning the scene, the picturesque setting, the primary time the NHL will play a recreation on a golf course with Mother Nature’s magnificence taking the place of followers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The earlier 30 NHL out of doors video games had a mixed 1,622,081 followers in attendance.Video: Breaking down the challenges for gamers in TahoeThis occasion, which can conclude the following day with the Philadelphia Flyers going through the Boston Bruins within the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday (2 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, SN1, TVAS) is made for TV, with Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada within the background.”The environment communicate for themselves,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog stated. “You can see that in footage, however it nonetheless does not actually do it justice. Once you are out on that ice, it is most likely the purest type of hockey.”On Saturday, the purity will probably be bottled right into a recreation between two groups which have proven this week how good they are often and the way shut they’re within the Honda West Division.Vegas and Colorado had been picked by many to complete 1-2 within the division, in both order. The Golden Knights have performed 14 video games, the Avalanche 13, and so they’re first and second in factors share within the West. Vegas (10-3-1) is at .750, Colorado (8-4-1) at .654.The Golden Knights defeated the Avalanche 1-0 at dwelling Sunday. Two nights afterward the identical ice, Colorado received 3-2 on Nazem Kadri’s objective with 41 seconds left within the third interval.The pictures on objective within the two video games had been 55-53 in Colorado’s favor. The whole shot makes an attempt had been 120-112 in Vegas’ favor.”They had been two hard-fought video games, and I feel you noticed somewhat little bit of all the pieces, the pace and the expertise of each groups, some nice goaltending in each video games,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated. “We nonetheless have two extra in opposition to them (in a four-game set that ends at Colorado on Monday) and this one is clearly in a terrific setting.”Video: Golden Knights put on mics for observe at Lake TahoeThe Golden Knights received more healthy Tuesday with the return of defenseman Shea Theodore, who missed three video games with an upper-body damage.On Saturday, Landeskog and defenseman Samuel Girard are anticipated to return, and defenseman Cale Makar will probably be a game-time resolution. Landeskog, a ahead, and Girard missed the 2 video games in opposition to Vegas whereas on the NHL COVID-19 protocol listing. Makar was out with an upper-body damage.”They’re getting their captain again within the lineup and he brings management, brings talent, brings grit as an all-around participant, and Makar is likely one of the finest defensemen within the League,” Stone stated. “So, clearly, you are going to should key on these guys somewhat bit extra. … They’re going to get a bounce from that.”Colorado middle Nathan MacKinnon stated the Avalanche getting wholesome ought to give an excellent higher indication of how the groups match up, how shut they’re and perhaps who has the sting.”They’re a extremely powerful crew to play in opposition to,” MacKinnon stated. “They have high-end talent. There’s no weaknesses. I’m certain we’ll play them someday within the playoffs and it will be a tricky sequence.”