March 22, 2023
NHL On Tap: The Tkachuk brothers clash in the Atlantic Battle

NHL On Tap: The Tkachuk brothers clash in the Atlantic Battle

The battle of the Tkachuk brothers begins a new chapter

Matthew Tkachuk and Brady Tkachuk meet for the first time as Atlantic Division rivals when Matthew and the Florida Panthers host Brady and the Ottawa Senators at the FLA Live Arena (4 p.m. ET; TVAS2, BSFL, TSN5, ESPN+, SN NOW). Things changed for the brothers when Matthew was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Panthers on July 22. No longer playing in two different conferences with two family-friendly meets per season, they competed for positions in the same division where they could potentially meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Florida (4-3-1) leads Ottawa (4-3-0) by a point in the first of three games between them this season. Matthew leads the Panthers with four goals, six assists and 10 points in eight games. Brady leads the Senators with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven games. In 15 previous regular season games, Matthew has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and Brady has eight (four goals, four assists). — Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Robertson’s production there from the start

Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson missed the first two weeks of training camp while waiting for a new contract. That wait ended on October 6 when he signed a four-year, $31 million deal. However, the stars didn’t have to wait for Robertson’s strike to return at all. The 23-year-old has eight points (three goals, five assists) and is tied with his linemate at the top of the Stars Roop Hintz (two goals, six assists). Robertson will be looking for more when the Stars (5-2-1) host the New York Rangers (3-3-2) at American Airlines Arena (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, BSSW, MSG, SN NOW). Rangers have lost four in a row (0-2-2) and will have to put the brakes on Robertson and the Stars on Saturday. — Tracey Myers, staff writer

Will Kadri face McDavid in Calgary?

The Battle for Alberta continues as the Edmonton Oilers (5-3-0) visit the Calgary Flames (5-1-0) at Scotiabank Saddledome (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2, ESPN+, SN NOW). . In the first edition of that season, the Flames defeated the Oilers 4-3 on Oct. 15 in Edmonton, took a 4-1 lead in the first third and held their own. Nazem Kadri scored his first goal for Calgary and added an assist. Connor McDavid scored for Edmonton and Leon Draisaitl had two assists. It will be interesting to see if Kadri takes on McDavid, with the Flames having the final line change at home. Playing against him for McDavid has been a pain in the past. — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

games on Saturday

Dallas Stars at New York Rangers (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, BSSW, MSG, SN NOW)

star goalkeeper Jake Oettinger is 5-1-0 with a 1.17 goal average, .960 save percentage and one shutout. He made 27 saves and led Dallas to a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Forward Artemi Panarin has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in eight games and leads the Rangers who suffered a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

Ottawa Senators at the Florida Panthers (4 p.m. ET; TVAS2, BSFL, TSN5, ESPN+, SN NOW)

After the last three seasons of his contact were bought out by the Senators after last season, Colin White has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his first eight games with the Panthers, who have been 1-2-1 in their last four games. Alex DeBrincat has assists and points (two goals, six assists) in six straight games for the Senators, who will be looking to rebound after their four-game winning streak ended in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks (4:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, NBCSCA, BSSUNX, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Nikita Kutscherow has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a six-game scoring streak for the Lightning (4-4-0), who came from behind in three of their four wins. Tampa Bay shared the first two games on this three-game California road trip. The Sharks (3-7-0) have two of their three wins in overtime with defenders Eric Karlson scored the winning goal.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN1, BSW, SN NOW)

The Maple Leafs (4-3-1) are 1-1-1 on their five-game road trip. John Tavares had at least one point in each of their first three games (two goals, two assists) and leads Toronto with nine points (three goals, six assists). Gabriel Vilardi leads the Kings (4-5-0) with six goals and 10 points. Los Angeles is 1-3-0 at home.

Montreal Canadiens at the St. Louis Blues (7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, TVAS, BSMW, ESPN+)

Two of Josh AndersonThe Canadians won the game (4-4-0) with their three goals this season, including one in Thursday’s 3-2 win at the Buffalo Sabers. The Blues (3-3-0) have lost three straight games and have been surpassed at 13-3 since opening the season 3-0-0.

Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Carter Hart has given the Flyers (5-2-0) a strong start under first-year coach John Tortorella, going 5-0-0 in five starts with 2.00 goals against average and 0.947 percent in saves . The Hurricanes (4-2-1) will try to recover from a 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday. Andrei Shchnikov (seven goals, two assists), Martin Neca (four goals, five assists) and Sebastian Ah (four goals, five assists) share the lead with Carolina with nine points each.

Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabers (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, NBCSCH, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Blackhawks (4-3-0) were one of the surprise starters in the NHL, winning four straight games before losing 6-5 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Patrick Kane has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last three games for Chicago. Buffalo (4-3-0) started 4-1-0 before losing their last two games. Rasmus Dahlinwho leads the Sabers with nine points (five points, four assists) went without a point for the first time this season in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Canadiens.

Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; BSDET, BSN, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Wild (3-3-1) have leveled their record after losing their first three games by going 3-0-1 in the last four. Defender of Minnesota Kalen Addison is tied in the NHL lead among rookies with seven points (all assists). The Red Wings (3-2-2) were outscored 11-3 as they lost their last two regular games after going unbeaten in their first five games (3-0-2).

Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; MSGSN, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Avalanche (4-3-0) are playing their final game before traveling to Tampere, Finland for two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4-5, 2022 in the 2022 NHL Global Series. Colorado lost 1-0 to Colorado the New Jersey Devils on Friday without a forward Valery Nikhushkin, who sat out with a lower body injury. The Islanders (4-4-0) have won twice in a row with goalie Ilya Sorokin saved 74 of 76 shots in victories against the New York Rangers (3-0) and the Hurricanes (6-2).

Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; BSSO, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin remains three goals shy of Gordie Howe’s NHL record with a team of 786. The Capitals (4-4-0) are going 1-3-0 this season, including a 0-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Thursday , after leading the NHL with a 25-10-6 road record last season. The Predators (3-4-1) ended a 0-4-1 with a 6-2 win over the Blues on Thursday. Tanner Jeanot has scored in three of Nashville’s last four games.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Matty Beniers has one goal in each of his last three games for the Kraken (3-4-2) and has seven points (four goals, three assists) and equals the NHL rookie lead. The Penguins (4-3-1) have lost three straight games, including 5-1 at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday after a 4-0-1 start. Jake Guentzel (upper body) and Jason Sugar (unknown) are close to returning from their respective injuries for Pittsburgh.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Oilers have won three times in a row. Oilers forward Connor McDavid (eight goals, seven assists) and Leon Draisaitl (four goals, 11 assists) trail the Boston Bruins by 15 points each To David Pastr (seven goals, 10 assists) to two for the NHL lead. In her first six games with the Flames, Nazem Kadri has nine points (four goals, five assists) and Jonathan Huberdeau has five points (one goal, four assists).

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