Welcome to the NHL On Tap. With the holiday break over and the 2021-22 season resuming on Tuesday, three NHL.com writers will tell what they most look forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choice from the three matches on Tuesday.
The Golden Knights look set to resume the roll
The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Los Angeles Kings (22:30 ET; BSW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN +, NHL LIVE) in hopes of advancing from a 4-3 loss to Lightning on December 21, their final game before the holidays. The Golden Knights (20-12-0) had won five in a row and eight out of nine (8-1-0) before slipping a 3-1 lead in the second period away against Lightning. Although tied with the Anaheim Ducks for the first time in the Pacific Division, they are without coach Peter DeBoer and striker Brett Howden, each of which entered into the NHL COVID-19 protocol on Monday. Los Angeles (14-11-5) have not played since gathering from two goals to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on December 19th. Anze Kopitar needs an assist to pass Wayne Gretzky (672) for number two in King’s history behind Marcel Dionne (757). – Tom Gulitti, staff writer
Lightning wants Point back against the Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning (20-6-4) have won three straight and eight out of nine (8-1-0) and they want center Brayden Point back as they host the Montreal Canadiens (7-21-3) at Amalie Arena (19:00 ET; ESPN +, HULU, TSN2, RDS, NHL LIVE). Point missed 14 games with an upper body injury sustained on November 20, and Lightning was 11-2-1 without him. Points who have scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 16 games were on the first power-play unit and were the center point on the second line with Alex Killorn and Mathieu Joseph during training on Monday. Lightning does not expect to have goalkeepers Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliott; each is in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Tampa Bay called up goalkeepers Maxime Lagace and Hugo alnefelt from Syracuse in the American Hockey League to the taxi team on Monday. Lagace starts against Montreal. – Dan Rosen, senior writer
Eyes of Coyotes, Sharks
The San Jose Sharks play for the first time since Dec. 16, hosting the Arizona Coyotes (22:30 ET; ESPN +, HULU, NHL LIVE). A wider audience will come to measure the progress in San Jose, which hopes to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in three seasons but has lost five of its last seven games (2-5-0). Although the Sharks (15-14-1) still have trouble scoring (2.60 goals per game, 27th place in the NHL) Timo Meier leads them with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 25 games after scoring 31 (12 goals, 19 assists) in 54 games last season, and is a goalkeeper James Reimer has 1.26 goals to average and 0.961 save percentage in four games since 28 November. San Jose defender Brent Burns will play its 1,200. NHL game against Arizona (6-21-2), which ended a six-game losing streak with an overtime victory of 6-5 at the Anaheim Ducks on December 17th. – Jon Lane, staff writer
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (19:00 ET; ESPN +, HULU, TSN2, RDS, NHL LIVE)
Ondrej Palat‘s goal with 38 seconds left of the third period gave Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens on December 7, exactly five months after Tampa Bay defeated them at home in Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup final to win a second. equal championship. Goalkeeper Jake Allen and defenders Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry and Chris Wideman was placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol Monday for Montreal, which has not played since December 16th. Attackers Laurent Dauphin, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli is also in the protocol.
Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings (22:30 ET; BSW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Forward Mark Stone scored twice in the Golden Knights’ last game, giving him 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 19 games this season. King’s forward view Alex Turcotte could make his NHL debut. Election No. 5 in the 2019 NHL Draft was reassigned to the taxi squad on Sunday and practiced as the center on the second line with Trevor Moore and Viktor Arvidsson. Los Angeles defender Drew Doughty, who has not played since Dec. 14, came out of the COVID-19 protocol on Sunday. He has scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 11 games this season.
Arizona Coyotes at the San Jose Sharks (22:30 ET; ESPN +, HULU, NHL LIVE)
The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals in the win against the Ducks. Sharks center Logan Couture has scored five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games.
Columbus Blue Jackets at the Chicago Blackhawks (exposed)