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NHL On Tap: Vatrano, Ducks flying high heading into Nashville

  • Welcome to the NHL On Tap. Three NHL. com writers will share what they are most looking forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choices from the nine games Tuesday. Related: How to watch and stream NHL gamesVatrano, Ducks seek to keep pace in Pacific DivisionFrank Vatrano will try to continue his torrid start when the Anaheim Ducks visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena 8 p. m. ET; HULU, ESPN+. Vatrano had two goals and an assist in a 4 1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday for his third multigoal game this season. The 29 year old right wing leads the Ducks with 11 goals and is tied with Mason McTavish for the team lead with 15 points in 14 games. He has scored 33 goals in 95 games since signing a three year contract with the Ducks on July 14, 2022. Anaheim 8 6 0 went 3 2 0 on a five game homestand and is fourth in the Pacific Division with 16 points, three behind the third place Los Angeles Kings, and it took them 17 fewer games to get to eight wins than in 2022 23. The Predators 5 9 0 have lost four of five 1 4 0 and play the second of a five game homestand after a 7 5 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Mike G. Morreale, staff writerPanthers rolling into San JoseSome may have doubted the Florida Panthers coming into the 2023 24 season, but they come into their game against the Sharks 2 12 1 at SAP Center 10:30 p. m. ET; HULU, ESPN+, SN winners of four in a row, rising to second in the tough Atlantic Division at 9 4 1. The Panthers are led by Sam Reinhart, a forward who had four points two goals, two assists in a 4 3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and has 10 in his past four, with at least two points in each. Reinhart has 21 points 11 goals, 10 assists in 14 games after getting 67 31 goals, 36 assists in 82 games last season and leads the NHL with nine multipoint games. The NHL First Star for the week ending Nov. 12 tied Matthew Tkachuk 2022 23 and Jonathan Huberdeau 2020 21 for the fewest games to reach 20 points, getting there in his 14th of the season. Amalie Benjamin, staff writerStars looking to bring road success homeThe Dallas Stars 10 3 1 have found a lot of success early, especially on the road where they're 7 1 1. They'll try to bring that magic back to Dallas when they begin a five game homestand against the Coyotes at American Airlines Center 8 p Kirill Kaprizov Jersey. m. ET; SCRIPPS, BSSWX. Dallas is 3 2 0 at home but on a three game winning streak and clicking in a lot of areas. The Stars scored five power play goals, tied for most in Dallas Minnesota North Stars history, in an 8 3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Three forwards lead them in scoring with 13 points apiece: Wyatt Johnston seven goals, six assists , Joe Pavelski six goals, seven assists and Jason Robertson five goals, eight assists. Goalie Jake Oettinger is 7 2 1 with a 2. 19 goals against average and. 929 save percentage. The road's been a little less friendly for the Coyotes 7 6 1 , who are 3 4 1 away from Mullett Arena but coming off a 7 5 win at the Predators on Saturday. Forward Jack McBain, who missed that game with an undisclosed injury, is day to day. Tracey Myers, staff writerTuesday gamesBoston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres 7 p. m. ET; NESN, MSG B, SNP, SNO, SNE The Bruins 11 1 2 are 3 1 1 to start November. Brad Marchand has 74 power play goals, tied with Bobby Orr for ninth in team history. The Sabres 7 7 1 are 3 3 1 away from Buffalo this season. Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets 7 p m. ET; SN PIT, BSOH The Penguins 7 6 0 have won four in a row, including two shutouts 2 0 against the Ducks on Tuesday and 4 0 against the Sabres on Saturday. Tristan Jarry has 16 shutouts, third in Penguins history behind Marc Andre Fleury 44 and Tom Barrasso 22. Jake Guentzel's 10 game point streak five goals, eight assists against the Blue Jackets is the second longest active run by Penguins player against one team behind Sidney Crosby's 14 game stretch against the Philadelphia Flyers 11 goals, 11 assists. Columbus 4 7 4 has lost five in a row 0 3 2. Zach Werenski's secondary assist in a 4 3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday was the 173rd in his NHL career, tying him with Seth Jones for most by a defenseman in Blue Jackets history. Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens 7 p. m. ET; RDS, TSN2, SNW Goalie Jacob Markstrom will start for the Flames 4 8 2 after missing two games with an upper body injury. It's the second of a four game homestand for the Canadiens 7 6 2 , who are 5 4 0 at Bell Centre. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 14 points five goals, nine assists. Vegas Golden Knights at Washington Capitals 7 p. m. ET; SCRIPPS, MNMT The Golden Knights 12 2 1 defeated the Sharks 5 0 on Friday, the 66th time they scored five goals in a home game since joining the NHL in 2017 18 65 0 1. With two goals for the Capitals 7 4 2 in a 4 1 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Alex Ovechkin is the fourth player in team history to have a multigoal game at age 38 or older Adam Oates, Sergei Fedorov, Mike Knuble. Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars 8 p. m. ET; SCRIPPS, BSSWX Pavelski has 1,014 points 455 goals, 559 assists in 1,264 NHL played, ninth most among United States born players. The Stars have points in 17 consecutive home games 16 0 1 against the Coyotes since March 20, 2012. With three assists against Nashville, Logan Cooley became the ninth player in Coyotes Jets history with a three point game before age 20, joining Dale Hawerchuk 20 times , Peter Mueller 5 times , Dave Babych twice , Clayton Keller twice , Jakob Chychrun, Kyle Turris, Deron Quint and Andrew McBain. Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators 8 p. m. ET; HULU, ESPN+ Ducks forward Trevor Zegras will miss at least the next two games after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Nov. 10, because of a lower body injury. He's eligible to return against the Panthers on Friday. Anaheim leads the NHL with five third period comeback wins; one against the Predators will make the Ducks the first team in League history to do so six times in its first 15 games of a season. Anaheim is 15 for 15 on the penalty kill in its past five games. Nashville forward Tommy Novak will be out 4 6 weeks with an upper body injury, so Cody Glass will take his place on a line with Kiefer Sherwood and Luke Evangelista. Glass returned Saturday and played 14:00 after missing eight games with a lower body injury. Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8 p. m. ET; BSSUN, BSMW, TVAS The Lightning 6 5 4 are 1 2 1 in their past four. Erik Cernak is day to day but made the trip to St. Louis. The defenseman left with an undisclosed injury at 11:00 of the second period in a 4 0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Robert Thomas had four assists for the Blues 7 5 1 in an 8 2 win against the Colorado Avalanche to extend his point streak to an NHL career high six games five goals, five assists. New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets 8 p. m. ET; TSN3, MSGSN The Devils 7 5 1 have lost three of four 1 3 0. New Jersey forward Tomas Nosek returned for a 4 2 loss to Washington on Nov. 10 after missing 10 games with a lower body injury. The Jets 7 5 2 won three in a row prior to a 3 2 loss to the Stars on Saturday. Forward Mark Scheifele has eight points in his past three games one goal, seven assists. Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks 10:30 p. m. ET; HULU, ESPN+, SN Reinhart can become the seventh player in Panthers history with a five game multipoint streak and the first since Aleksander Barkov six and Huberdeau five in 2021 22. The Sharks have lost two in a row after winning their first two games of the season. San Jose forward Anthony Duclair has missed two games with an illness.

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