NHL On Tap: Penguins host Lightning trying to extend point streak to six
Welcome to the NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com editors will share what they want most from the program every day. Today, their picks from Tuesday’s seven games.
Penguins win without the best
It couldn’t have been easy for the Pittsburgh Penguins to start the season without crosses. Sidney crosby (wrist surgery) and Evgeni malkin (knee surgery). Then they lost ahead Bryan Rust (lower body) two sets in and in the center Jeff Carter and defender Kris Letang were in NHL COVID-19 protocol last weekend. None of that stopped them from winning, and I want to see if the Penguins (3-0-2) can maintain their point streak when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN- PT, BSSUN, ESPN +, LNH LIVE). The Lightning are 2-3-1 and play the second in a row after a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabers on Monday. If the Penguins were worried about scoring deep early in the season, they might be less now, especially after a 7-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. – Tracey Myers, Editor-in-Chief
The Kraken face the Canadiens in search of first home win
Even though the honeymoon phase for the Seattle Kraken expansion (1-4-1) will continue for a while, they’ve lost four in a row (0-3-1) and can’t let the season go. escape. The Kraken welcomes the Montreal Canadiens (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, TSN2, RDS, ESPN +, NHL LIVE) after a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Saturday’s opener at Climate Pledge Arena. They continued to be unable to close their opponents in the third period, this time when the Kraken allowed three goals in the final at 7:08 after taking a 2-1 lead. Montreal’s problems are far from over after a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday that ended a five-game opening streak. The Canadiens (1-5-0) face a tough test with a four-game road trip to Seattle, the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. – Jon Lane, editor-in-chief
Vegas looks to end four-game slippage
The Colorado Avalanche host the Vegas Golden Knights (8 p.m. ET; ESPN. NHL LIVE) for the first time since a six-game loss to Vegas in the second-round Stanley Cup top-seven. Each team is looking to turn the tide after a lackluster start to this season. The Golden Knights (1-4-0) are the last in the Pacific Division and have been outscored 16-6 in a four-game losing streak since a 4-3 win over the Kraken in Game 1 of the season. The Avalanche (2-3-0) are fifth in the Central Division and are looking to build on a 4-3 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday that ended a three-game slide (0 -3-0). Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog is three assists under 300 in the NHL. – William Douglas, editor-in-chief
Calgary Flames vs. New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; SN1, MSG +, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
The Flames won the first three games of a five-game road trip after a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on Monday. Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau has seven assists in a four-game streak with at least one point. The Devils are 3-1-0 in a five-game home game this season opener.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN-PT, BSSUN, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
The Lightning are 0 for 11 on the power play during their three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Their 4.17 team-against average is 30th in the NHL. The Penguins have scored 23 goals in five games, the highest of their first five to start a season since 23 in 1994-95. Pittsburgh scored 24 goals in its first five games of the 1992-93 season.
Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, NHL LIVE)
The Avalanche returns home after a 1-2-0 road trip. Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen has scored one goal in each of his last three games and his five points are tied with Nathan MacKinnon for the team leader. The Golden Knights have lost four in a row, including 2-0 to the New York Islanders at home on Sunday. Guillaume Karlsson is three out of 100 since being selected by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN +, HULU, NHL LIVE)
The Predators return home from back-to-back weekend road games, including a 5-2 win over the previously undefeated Minnesota Wild on Sunday. They will face the Sharks (4-1-0), who fell from the undefeated ranks with a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. San JosÃ© forwards Logan Couture and Timo meier each has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game streak with at least one point at the start of the season.
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; SN1, BSN, BSWI, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
wild front Joel Eriksson Ek is one point less than 100 in the NHL and a defenseman Jonas Brodin needs a blocked shot for 1000 in the league. It is the first in a seven-game home series for the Canucks (3-2-1), who have played their first six games on the road. Forward canucks Conor garland scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in a six-game streak with one point.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET; BSSC, BSSD, TSN3, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Cheeky Pierre Luc Dubois scored four goals in a four-goal streak for the Jets, who have won two in a row. Ducks forward Troy terry scored six points (two goals, four assists) in a four game streak with one point.
Montreal Canadiens at Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, RDS, TSN2, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
The Canadians are last in the NHL with an average of 1.67 goals per game, 31st on the power play (8.7 percent) and 30th on a penalty kill (57.1 percent). Cheeky Jared mccann leads the Kraken with six points (three goals, three assists) in six games.