More bad news has plagued the Vegas Golden Knights organization as Monday after practice head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed that Alec Martinez would not play against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. Martinez has missed since Nov 11th with a facial laceration but has been skating with the Golden Knights in practices.
After traveling with the team, it looked as if Martinez would return to the Golden Knights soon. But it looks like we will have to wait until after the NHL’s All-Star Break.
Additionally, DeBoer announced that defenseman Zach Whitecloud will also miss Tuesday’s game and that Nicolas Hague is day-to-day. Whitecloud was a late scratch in Jan 20th’s game against the Montreal Canadiens then missed another game due to back spasms. It is highly likely that this is the reason he is out once more for the Golden Knights.
For Hague, he is also coming off of a wrist injury that sidelined him for ten games.
Daniil Miromanov, Brayden Pachal, and Kaeden Korczak have all been recalled from the Henderson Silver Knights. We could very well see the NHL Debut of either Korczak or Pachal Tuesday night against the Sabres.
Defensive line combinations at practice were as follows.
Alec Martinez*- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Ben Hutton- Kaedan Korczak
Daniil Miromanov- Brayden Pachal
OUT: Dylan Coghlan (COVID), Zach Whitecloud, Nicolas Hague, Alec Martinez