NHL On Tap: Flames, Oilers resume Battle of Alberta rivalry

Back to the Battle 

The Battle of Alberta resumes when the Calgary Flames consult with the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, ESPN+, SN NOW), with each groups 1-0-0 to start out the season. When final we noticed those two groups play, the Oilers eradicated the Flames in 5 video games within the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round, including but every other bankruptcy to the storied rivalry. There’s so much that has modified since, with the Flames new additions (Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Nazem Kadri) getting their first probability to revel in the Battle of Alberta opposed to the Oilers and all-world forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. And with the groups set to be best contenders within the Pacific Division, there might be no scarcity of drama. This is the epitome of must-watch hockey. — Amalie Benjamin, personnel creator

Beniers hopes to proceed offensive surge 

Matty Beniers will glance to construct at the a success begin to his NHL occupation for the Seattle Kraken (1-0-1) of their domestic opener opposed to the Vegas Golden Knights at Climate Pledge Arena (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, SN NOW). The 19-year-old middle has 3 issues (one target, two assists) in two video games and has no less than one level in 11 of his first 12 NHL video games, courting to final season. He is the 3rd teen, becoming a member of Joe Sakic and Jonathan Toews, and 6th participant in NHL historical past to take action (Sakic, Dmitri Kvartalnov, Toews, Rob Gaudreau, Teemu Selanne). Goalie Logan Thompson has received his first two begins to start out the season for the Golden Knights (2-0-0), together with a shutout in a 1-0 win opposed to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. The 25-year-old has a 1.50 goals-against moderate and .947 save share in two video games. — Mike G. Morreale, personnel creator

Ontario conflict

The Battle of Ontario starts anew for the 2022-23 season when the Ottawa Senators consult with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNP, SNW, ESPN+, SN NOW). Matt Murray used to be anticipated to start out for the Maple Leafs opposed to his former crew on this Hockey Night in Canada matchup however his standing is unknown after the goalie used to be struck through a shot all over the morning skate. Murray used to be traded from the Senators to the Maple Leafs for 2 draft alternatives on July 11. He made 19 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in his Maple Leafs debut on Wednesday. Ilya Samsonov would get started if Murray does no longer. Toronto (1-1-0) received 3 of 4 video games opposed to Ottawa (0-1-0) final season. — Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Director Editorial

Saturday video games

Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres (1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BSFL, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

Each crew received its opener Thursday. Victor Olofsson scored two aims and Craig Anderson made 35 saves to guide the Sabres to a 4-1 win opposed to the Ottawa Senators. Coach Paul Maurice received his Panthers debut with a 3-1 street victory on the New York Islanders. Matthew Tkachuk, in his first recreation with the Panthers, scored a target and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

Vancouver Canucks at Philadelphia Flyers (4 p.m. ET: SNP, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Canucks (0-1-0) are nonetheless smarting from a 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, a recreation wherein they blew a 3-0 lead. Canucks ahead J.T. Miller had two issues (one target, one lend a hand) and Andrei Kuzmenko scored his first NHL target. The Flyers received their season opener Thursday, 5-2 opposed to the New Jersey Devils. They might be with out injured forwards Owen Tippett and Cam Atkinson and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NESN, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Nick Ritchie is coming off a two-goal recreation within the Coyotes season opener, a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Arizona allowed 53 pictures within the loss. It is the house opener for the Bruins, who began the season with a 5-2 street win opposed to the Washington Capitals. David Krejci (one target, two assists) had 3 issues in his go back to the Bruins after enjoying final season within the Czech Republic and David Pastrnak had 4 issues (one target, 3 assists).

Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; MSG, BSDET, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Nico Hischier will make his season debut for the Devils after lacking their opener as a result of of a hamstring harm. New Jersey misplaced 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Goalie Vitek Vanecek will get started and make his Devils debut. The Red Wings are coming off a 3-0 win opposed to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Goalie Ville Husso made 29 saves in his Red Wings debut. Alex Nedeljkovic is predicted to start out for Detroit opposed to New Jersey.

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, NBCSWA, ESPN+)

The Canadiens (1-1-0) had been close out through the Red Wings on Friday. Montreal goalie Jake Allen stopped 37 of 38 pictures sooner than Detroit scored two empty-net aims. The Capitals (0-2-0) are winless and feature been outscored 8-4. Washington ahead Alex Ovechkin does no longer have some extent and is minus-3.

Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNP, SNW, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Maple Leafs ahead John Tavares is 2 issues shy of 900 within the NHL. Alex DeBrincat didn’t rating however had seven pictures on target in his Senators debut opposed to the Sabres on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-PT, BSSUN, SN NOW)

The Lightning (1-1-) were given their first win of the season on Friday, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has 3 aims within the first two video games. The Penguins are coming off a 6-2 season-opening win opposed to the Coyotes. Sidney Crosby had a target and two assists, one of six Penguins with more than one issues within the victory.

Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; MSGSN, BCSC, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Islanders (0-1-0) misplaced the debut of trainer Lane Lambert, 3-1 to the Panthers on Thursday. Defenseman Noah Dobson scored their most effective target. The Ducks (1-0-0) start a five-game street go back and forth. Troy Terry had two aims, together with the extra time game-winner, and Trevor Zegras had a target and an lend a hand to guide the Ducks to a wild 5-4 win opposed to the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday.

Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, BSOH, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Blue Jackets (0-2-0) misplaced 5-2 to the Lightning of their domestic opener on Friday. Forward Johnny Gaudreau scored his first target with Columbus on Friday. Blue Jacket ahead Patrik Laine is out for a minimum of 3 weeks with an elbow sprain. It’s the season openmer for the Blues, the final of the 32 groups to play a recreation. Goalie Jordan Binnington is predicted to startfor the Blues. He has received every of his two begins opposed to the Blue Jackets.

Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWIX, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Kevin Fiala, who used to be bought through the Kings from the Wild on June 29, returns to Minnesota for the primary time because the industry. He had NHL occupation highs in aims (33), assists (52) and issues (85) with the Wild final season. The Kings (0-2-0) are in search of their first win of the season; the Wild (0-1-0) misplaced their season opener Thursday, 7-3 to the New York Rangers.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars, (8 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW)

This is the again finish of a home-and-home set. The Stars (1-0-0) received 4-1 on Thursday, getting two aims from Mason Marchment and one every from rookie Wyatt Johnston and Joe Pavelski. Jake Oettinger made 31 saves for Dallas. Forward Ryan Johansen scored for the Predators (2-1-0) and has two issues (one target, one lend a hand) in 3 video games.

Vegas Golden Knights at Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Seattle ahead Shane Wright used to be a wholesome scratch at Los Angeles on Thursday after the No. 4 pick out within the 2022 NHL Draft had no issues with 6:14 of ice time in his NHL debut at Anaheim on Wednesday. Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague, who signed a three-year contract on Monday, used to be plus-1 with two blocked pictures in 13:51 of ice time Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks (10 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NBCSCH, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Blackhawks (0-2-0) have no longer scored an even-strength target of their first two video games, losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Golden Knights. The Sharks (0-2-0) are enjoying their domestic opener after dropping two video games to the Predators within the Czech Republic all over the Global Series final week.

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

Both the Flames and Oilers received their season openers, with the Flames defeating the protecting Stanley Cup champion Avalanche on Thursday for trainer Darryl Sutter’s 700th occupation regular-season win. Connor McDavid had a four-point opener for the Oilers, scoring 3 aims and including an lend a hand within the 5-3 win opposed to the Vancouver Canucks. He is the sixth-fastest participant to achieve 700 occupation issues — 242 aims, 459 assists in 488 video games — in NHL historical past.

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