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The Golden Knights’ 2 active goalies have recorded 0 combined NHL starts

Hello, hockey fans! Here’s how the day is going for the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that is somehow in first place despite injuries to three different goaltenders:

Since we’ve actually lost more goalies to injury than games to other teams, here’s who’s currently active.

-Maxime Lagace

-Dylan Ferguson

— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 31, 2017

Yes, those are the Golden Knights’ currently active goaltenders. No, you shouldn’t feel bad for not having any idea who Maxime Lagace and Dylan Ferguson are considering neither one had ever played in an NHL game before Monday night.

Amid Vegas’ impressive start to the season, the team has lost Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban, and now Oscar Dansk to injury. It also traded away expansion draft pick Calvin Pickard to Toronto. For a franchise that’s only been in existence for a few months, there wasn’t much organizational depth to turn to.

Now the Golden Knights have Lagace, a 24-year-old journeyman, and Ferguson, a 19-year-old who had been playing in the WHL. They’ve combined for exactly one appearance in the NHL, and that was Lagace’s 25 minutes of action against the Islanders after Dansk left the game. He allowed four goals on just 11 shots as Vegas blew a 2-1 lead.

Dansk also made his NHL debut in a Golden Knights uniform recently, and he performed surprisingly well with a .946 save percentage in four games, including wins over the Blackhawks, Blues, and Avalanche. He was proving to be a fantastic stopgap after Vegas lost its top two goalies in quick succession.

Now the Golden Knights are left with Lagace, who has a career save percentage of .900 in 73 games at the AHL level. At least he’s played at that level, though, whereas Ferguson was off to a brutal start (.878 save percentage) in his third season with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

So we’re talking about two goalies with zero NHL starts and middling track records at lower levels. That’s the Golden Knights’ depth chart right now. Unless goaltender coach David Prior can pull the same magic he did with Dansk, things are going to get rough until the top guys are healthy again.

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