NHL On Tap: Tkachuk debuts with Panthers at Islanders


All eyes on Tkachuk debut

The Matthew Tkachuk generation starts with the Florida Panthers after they open their season at the New York Islanders on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; MSGSN, BSFL, ESPN+, SN NOW). There’s going to be super force at the Panthers, the Presidents’ Trophy winners remaining season who had been swept via the Tampa Bay Lightning within the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round. Can Florida reinforce? Will Tkachuk’s sandpaper presence and big-time scoring skill flip the Panthers into a major Stanley Cup contender? After the industry that altered two groups — Tkachuk to Florida from the Calgary Flames for ahead Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar — it is time to see what the ahead, coming off a 104-point (42 aims, 62 assists) season, can convey to the Panthers. — Amalie Benjamin, team of workers author


Kadri, new-look Flames face reigning Cup champs

While Tkachuk debuts with the Panthers, the Flames start their new generation with Huberdeau, Weegar and middle Nazem Kadri after they host the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW). Kadri, in fact, helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup remaining season and left to signal a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Flames on Aug. 18. He joins Huberdeau, who signed an eight-year, $84 million contract, and Weegar, who signed an eight-year, $50 million deal, as a part of Calgary’s long-term core. After completing first within the Pacific Division remaining season, the Flames seem located to make a Cup run of their very own. A win opposed to the reigning champions can be an effective way to begin their season. — Tom Gulitti, team of workers author


Battle of goalies in Music City

Goaltending would be the draw when the Nashville Predators host the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW). Juuse Saros of the Predators used to be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, completing 3rd in the back of Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers and Jacob Markstrom of the Flames, after going 38-25-3 with a 2.64 goals-against reasonable, .918 save proportion and 4 shutouts. Saros gained his first recreation this season, making 30 saves in a 4-1 victory opposed to the San Jose Sharks at the NHL Global Series in Prague remaining Friday. Jake Oettinger used to be 30-15-1 with a 2.53 GAA, .915 save proportion and one shutout for the Stars remaining season and opened some eyes within the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.81 GAA and .954 save proportion in a seven-game loss to Calgary. Aside from the head-to-head goalie fight, which is value the cost of admission by myself, the Stars and Predators are anticipated to fight teeth and nail within the Central Division all through the season, so this an instantaneous measuring-stick recreation for every of them. — Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial


Thursday video games

Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang start their seventeenth season as Penguins teammates, extending the NHL report for the longest run with one crew via 3 gamers. The Coyotes open with a six-game highway shuttle prior to taking part in their first recreation at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona, on Oct. 28.

New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW) 

John Tortorella starts his tenure as Flyers trainer opposed to the rival Devils. New Jersey additionally has a unique take care of including some enjoy to its younger core via signing two-time Stanley Cup successful ahead Ondrej Palat and defenseman Brendan Smith, and buying and selling for ahead Erik Haula (from the Boston Bruins), defenseman John Marino (Penguins) and goalie Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals).

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN5, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

Forwards Claude Giroux, who signed a three-year contract, and Alex DeBrincat, received in a industry with the Chicago Blackhawks, will debut for the Senators, who’ve their attractions set on qualifying for the playoffs for the primary time since 2017. After taking part in his first 8 NHL video games at the tip of remaining season, 19-year-old defenseman Owen Power, the No. 1 select within the 2021 NHL Draft, starts his first complete season with the Sabres. 

Florida Panthers at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; MSGSN, BSFL, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

In addition to Tkachuk’s Panthers debut, this can be Lane Lambert’s first recreation as trainer of the Islanders after changing Barry Trotz. New York opens this season at house after taking part in its first 13 video games at the highway remaining season whilst building of UBS Arena used to be finished.

Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, TSN4, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

Goalie Ilya Samsonov‘s debut for Toronto, which signed him to a one-year contract July 13, coincidentally comes opposed to Washington, which determined to not make him a qualifying be offering as a limited unfastened agent after remaining season. The Maple Leafs play their house opener after beginning their season with a 4-3 loss at Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The Capitals additionally misplaced their opener, 5-2 at house to the Bruins on Wednesday. 

New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWI, MSG, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury starts his nineteenth season wanting 32 wins to cross Patrick Roy (551) for 2nd in NHL historical past. The Rangers appearance to construct on their 3-1 house win opposed to the Lightning of their season opener Tuesday.

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW) 

The Stars play their first recreation underneath trainer Peter DeBoer, who changed Rick Bowness (now trainer of the Winnipeg Jets). The Predators play their house opener after successful back-to-back video games opposed to the Sharks at the NHL Global Series. Nashville’s David Poile is one win from turning into the 5th common supervisor to succeed in 900 with one crew and 9 from being the primary in NHL historical past to succeed in 1,500.

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

The Avalanche have a snappy turnaround after elevating their Stanley Cup banner and opening with a 5-2 win opposed to the Blackhawks on Wednesday. The Flames will appearance to win their season opener for the primary time since 2009-10 (0-10-2). Kadri would be the first Stanley Cup winner to debut with a brand new crew opposed to the crew he gained the championship with since Carolina Hurricanes ahead Cory Stillman opposed to the Lightning on Oct. 5, 2005.

Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

The Golden Knights play their house opener after starting with a 4-3 victory at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The Blackhawks proceed a season-opening three-game highway shuttle.

Seattle Kraken at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, ROOT-NW, ESPN+, SN NOW) 

The Kraken (5-4 additional time loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday) and Kings will every attempt to rebound from defeats of their season openers. Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty, ahead Anze Kopitar and goalie Jonathan Quick began their fifteenth season taking part in in combination.

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