NHL On Tap: The Islanders are looking for their first win in eight games

New York invades Boston

It’s always a pleasure to see the New York Rangers play against the Boston Bruins, and even more so with the resurgence that the Rangers have had this season as they enter the 2021 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown at TD Garden (13.00 ET; ESPN +, ABC, SN, NHL LIVE). New York (12-4-3) is growing fast in the league’s toughest division, having won two in a row and six of its last seven games. Chris Kreider scored two goals in a 4-1 win over rival New York Islanders on Wednesday to give him 15 in the season, which ranks second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals and Andrew Mangiapane by Calgary Flames (Leon Draisitl of the Edmonton Oilers is first with 20). The Bruins (10-6-0), meanwhile, are not exactly where they want to be, although they have won four of their last five, including a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabers on Wednesday. They should be rare to go after some Thanksgiving home cooking. – Amalie Benjamin, staff writer

Kadri, Avalanche, seems to lengthen strokes

Nazem Kadri will try to extend its points range to 11 games for the Colorado Avalanche, who will look for their seventh straight win when they visit the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center (19:30 ET; BSSW, ALT2, ESPN +, NHL LIVE). Kadri had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and has scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) over the course of his series of points, which is the longest active in the NHL. Defender Cale Makar is also hot, having scored six goals and eight points in the last four games for Avalanche (10-5-1), who have surpassed their opponents 36-15 over the course of their winning streak. The Stars (8-7-2) have also found a groove offensively lately, having scored 20 goals in their last five games (4-1-0). – Tim Campbell, staff writer

Islanders are trying to finish long losing streak

The New York Islanders will look for their first win in eight games, and first at the UBS Arena when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins (19:30 ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, TVAS, MSG +, ATTSN-PT, ESPN +, NHL LIVE ). The Islanders (5-9-2), who have been beaten 31-7 during their seven-game losing streak, will have to find a way to get back on track without strikers Anders Lee and Josh Bailey and defenders Adam Pelech, Andy Greene and Zdeno Chara, which is in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Center Brock Nelson and defender Ryan Pulock is also out with injuries to the lower body. The Penguins (9-6-4) go in the opposite direction of the Islanders, after winning four straight and surpassing their opponents 15-2 in that period. – Mike Zeisberger, staff writer

Friday schedule

New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (13.00 ET; ESPN +, ABC, SN, NHL LIVE)

The Bruins beat Rangers after a good showdown against the Buffalo Sabers on Wednesday as they scored four goals in a 5:31 span in the first period after being shut out 4-0 by the Calgary Flames on Sunday. New York is 7-3-2 away this season.

St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks (15:30 ET; ESPN +, HULU, NHL LIVE)

The Blues (10-7-2) have struggled the last few weeks, having lost two of their last three games and six of their last eight (2-5-1). The Blackhawks (6-11-2) come fresh on a four-game road trip where they went 2-2-0.

Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild (15:30 ET; BSN, BSWI, TSN3, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Wild (12-6-1) start a five-game home game against their divisional rival, which they defeated 6-5 in overtime in their first meeting of this season on October 19th. The Jets’ (9-6-4) offense has dried up lately after scoring four goals in their last four games (0-3-1).

Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers (15:30 ET; SN, NBCSP, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Hurricanes (14-3-1) will return to the East Coast for the finals on a six-game road trip. They won the first three games of the trip before losing the final two, including 2-1 in the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. The Flyers (8-6-4) averaged 1.73 goals per game in November, which is number 31 in the league, ahead of only the New York Islanders (1.67).

Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks (16:00 ET; BSW, TSN5, RDS, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

Trevor Zegras has scored seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last five games for the Ducks (10-7-3), who have lost their last three games after winning eight in a row. The Senators (4-12-1) have scored eight goals but have allowed 13 in two games since returning from their COVID-19 break

Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals (17:00 ET; NBCSWA, BSFL, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Panthers (14-2-3) swept their most recent four-game home run to improve to 11-0-0 at the FLA Live Arena this season. However, they have struggled a bit on the road with 3-2-3. Alex Ovechkin continues to stay warm with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last three games for the Capitals (12-3-5). He is number three in the NHL with 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 20 games.

New Jersey Devils at Nashville Predators (6:00 PM ET; ESPN +, HULU, NHL LIVE)

The Devils (8-5-4) have slowed down a bit after their warm start and they have had 1-2-2 in their last five games. Matt Duchene has done the opposite for the Predators (10-8-1), who have lost three of four. After scoring a goal in his first five games this season, Duchene has scored 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in the last 14 games. Defender Roman Josi expected to play his 700th NHL game.

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabers (19:00 ET; MSG-B, TSN2, RDS, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

Since the start of the 5-1-1 season, the Sabers (7-10-2) have lost 10 of their last 12 games, including four in a row. The Canadiens have lost five of their last six (1-4-1) and are 1-8-1 away. The Sabers, who are 5-5-1 at home, won the first meeting between the teams this season, 5-1 in Buffalo on October 14th.

Seattle Kraken at Tampa Bay Lightning (19:00 ET; BSSUN, ROOT-NW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

Steven Stamkos has scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last five games for Lynet (11-4-3), which has 7-1-2 in November. Goalkeeper Andrei VasilevskiyNext win will be his 200th in the NHL. Kraken (6-12-1) has won two in a row after six losses in a row and is led by Jaden Schwartz, who has scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 19 games.

Vancouver Canucks on Columbus Blue Jackets (19:00 ET; BSOH, SNP, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Canucks (6-12-2) have lost seven of their last eight games (1-6-1) and have been beaten 33-14 during that period. Zach Werenski has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) over a six-game series of points for the Blue Jackets (11-6-0), which has won two straight and four of five.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars (19:30 ET; BSSW, ALT2, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

Since recalled from Texas in the American Hockey League on November 13 due to injuries to Braden Holtby and Ben Bishop, Jake Oettinger has gone 3-0-0 with 1.29 goals against the average and 0.955 save percentage in four games for Stars (8-7-2). Nathan MacKinnon has been skating but is expected to miss his seventh straight game for Avalanche (10-5-1) due to a lower body injury. Colorado coach Jared Bednar said earlier this week that MacKinnon is likely to return to the ranks next week.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders (19:30 ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, TVAS, MSG +, ATTSN-PT, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Islanders (5-9-2) are in 31st place in the NHL in goals per game. match (2.00), ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes (1.85), and is last in the league on power play (10.6 percent). The Penguins (9-6-4) have been led by Jake guentzel, who has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) in a row in seven games, and Tristan Jarry, which is 4-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .983 save percentage (two goals on 118 shots) and two shutouts in its last four starts.

Toronto Maple Leafs at San Jose Sharks (22:30 ET; NBCSCA, SNO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)

The Maple Leafs (14-6-1) have won two in a row and seven of their last eight games. During the period Jack Campbell has helped Toronto outperform its opponents 24-10 by going 5-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .967 save percentage and two shutouts. The Sharks (10-8-1) have won two just after starting their four-game home game with a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic expected to play its 1,100. NHL game.

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