NHL on Tap: Lightning-Blackhawks highlight five-game opening night

The 2020-21 NHL season begins on Wednesday with five games, including the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Chicago Blackhawks.

Penguins (0-0-0) in Flyers (0-0-0)
5:30 pm ET; NBCSN, SN1

The regular season begins with the first eight battles of the scheduled Pennsylvania Games in the MassMutual East Division. The Philadelphia Flyers have won their last four season-openers since 2016–17, including a 4–3 win against the Chicago Blackhawk in 2019 at the O2 Arena in Prague at the O2 Arena in Prague, October 4, 2019 in the Czech Republic . Carter hart, A 22-year-old goalie from Philadelphia, and Tristan Brocade, A 25-year-old who is the new No. 1 goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins, could face this rivalry for a long time. The centers Evgeni Malkin (15 points; five goals, 10 assists) and Sydney crosby (14 points; six goals, eight assists) ranked third and fourth in the season opening games behind Mario Lemieux (20 points; six goals, 14 assists) and Jaromir Jagr (16 points; three goals) in the Penguins, respectively. Contains digits. 13 assistants).

Status Report

Flying defenseman Shiny Gostisbehre Is unfit to play. He missed practicing on Saturday and Tuesday and had a scrimmage on Sunday. His status for the game against the Penguins on Friday is unknown.

CANADIENS (0-0-0) (0-0-0) at MAPLE LEAFS

Joe Thornton Will make his 23rd NHL season debut and debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and may start in the left wing in a row with the age of 41 Auston mathews And Michelle marner. Matthews has scored 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in four season-openers and is one of four players to start an NHL career in four straight seasons (Det Clapper, Dave Andreichuk and Sergei Fedorov) in their team openers. Is one of . Montreal Canadiens unveiled a revamped roster with further additions Tyler tofoli And Josh Anderson, Defenseman Joel Edmondson And goal Jake Allen, Who will back up Carey Price.

Status Report

The Maple Leafs held an optional morning skate … The Canadiens had a full morning skate.

BLACKHAWKS (0-0-0) at Lightning (0-0-0)
8 pm ET; NBCSN

Defending Stanley Cup champions will be without Tampa Bay Lighting Nikita Kucharov For the season due to hip surgery. ahead Steven Stamkos He will be in the lineup after recovering from a major muscle injury that kept him out of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final all game. Blackhawks begin season without captain Jonathan Toes (Medical issue), indefinitely and out of center Kirby Dach (Right wrist surgery), which is out of 4-5 months. ahead Patrick kane Has scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 13 NHL season-openers with the Washington Capitals Alex ovchin For most of the active NHL players (18 points; 11 goals, seven assists).

Status Report

Blackhawks Center Karl Sodberg His visa issues were approved and Chicago is undergoing mandatory seven-day quarantine. … power ahead Tyler johnson And protector Luke Shane Waves is expected to return to the lineup on Friday after clearing.

CANILKS (0-0-0) in Oilers (0-0-0)
10 pm ET; SN, SN1, TVAS2, NHLTV

The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers open up against each other for the second consecutive season, as the Octers defeated the Canucks 3–2 on October 2, 2019. The 22-year-old center is headed by Vancouver Ilayas Pettersen And 21-year-old defenseman Quinn hughes. they also have Thatcher DemkoThe season is expected to begin in a timeshare with a 25-year-old goalkeeper Brayden Holby. Leon drasital, Voted the winner of the Hart Trophy last season as the NHL MVP, and Conor McDavid Lead the Oils after the NHL finished first and second in the centers last season (Drisitel, 110 points; McDavid, 97 points).

Status Report

Goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen With a start for the Oilers … Coach Travis Green did not disclose whether Holtby or Demco would start for the Cants. … Edmonton signed Devon Shore to a one-year, $ 700,000 contract and put him on the Weavers.

BLUES (0-0-0) at AVALANCHE (0-0-0)
10:30 pm ET; NBCSN

Two of the top teams in the Western Conference last season went head-to-head in their first scheduled eight matches in the Honda West division, beginning with the opener at Ball Arena. Zucchini krag St. Louis will debut after making a debut for the Blues, having played seven full seasons for the Boston Brins. The blues also added Mike hoffman, Who scored at least 20 goals in six straight seasons and was named center Ryan O’Reilly Captain after defenseman Alex pietrangelo Signed with Vegas Golden Knights. The Colorado Avalanche is considered a top contender for the Stanley Cup, and the center Nathan MackinnonA Hart Trophy finalist last season said he believed They are more than capable of winning it.

Status Report

Put the blues ahead Vladimir Tarasenko Promoted to LTIR and so forth Jordan Kyrou And Mackenzie McEachern From taxi squad to active roster. … Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Eric Johnson The camp did not participate because the defenseman tested positive for COVID-19. If all goes well, he will return on Saturday.


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