Welcome to NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they look forward to most on the schedule each day. Today their picks from three games Sunday.
Matthews, Maple Leafs roll into a rally without Samsonov
Auston Matthews It’s getting hotter, not surprisingly, and so are the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-4-2). But they head into a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; ESPN, TVAS, TSN4) dropping another goalkeeper. Ilya Samsonov He injured a knee in the 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday and is on injured reserve. Eric Calgren, who saved seven saves against Samsonov on Saturday, will start against the Hurricanes. signed toronto Keith Petrozzelli To a two-year entry contract to support Kallgren due to Matt Murray And Joseph Wall were injured, too. Matthews scored the two goals against Boston to help Toronto win its second game in a row after losing four in a row (0-2-2). The Maple Leafs center has scored goals in three consecutive games and four of five. Matthews, who scored 60 goals last season, was bound to be on a hot streak. Good scorers don’t stay idle for long. But more importantly, Matthews’ hotline helped the Maple Leafs right themselves. Matthews, Calgren and the rest of the Maple Leafs won’t have it easy against the Hurricanes (8-2-1), who have won four in a row, including 5-3 against the Buffalo Sabers behind the striker. Sebastian AhoHat trick on Friday. – Dan Rosen, Senior Writer
The wheels are moving towards the Red Wings.
So far, very well for the Detroit Red Wings and their off-season renewal. They are 6-3-2 and visit Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers (5pm ET; SN360, MSG, BSDET, ESPN+, SN NOW) coming out with a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders at home on Saturday that ended their opponent’s winning streak With five games. Free forward proxy Andrew CopeAnd the Dominic Kobalic And the David Peronand defensemen Ben Shearot And the Oli Matta contribute. Kobalic has 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 11 games and shows off his 30-goal season shape with the Chicago Blackhawks that saw them reach the final in the 2020 Calder Cup awarded to this year’s National Hockey League rookie. defenseman Ryan Lindgren Rangers (6-4-2) did not train on Saturday due to an upper body injury, but Philip Shettle He could return after the striker missed six matches due to an upper body injury. – John Lin, team writer
The ducks are looking forward to keep rolling
The Anaheim Ducks are heading slightly toward their home game against the Florida Panthers (9 PM ET; NHLN, SN, BSSC, BSSF, SN NOW). The Ducks (4-7-1) have won three of their past four games, including a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. It’s a turnaround from a seven-game losing streak that ended with a 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on October 30. attacker Trevor Zegras He has four consecutive points (three goals, four assists) for Anaheim, as does the striker troy terry (1 goal, six assists). Florida (6-5-1) is hoping for a rebound after a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Crypto.com Arena on Saturday. They are 2-4-0 in their past six games. leopards forward Carter Verhaghi He has five goals in his past five matches, including two in a loss to the Kings. – William Douglas, team writer
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers (5 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG, BSDET, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Alex Ndeljkovic You will likely start with Red Wings after Phil Hoso He made 26 saves on Saturday against the New York Islanders. Red Wings forward Philip Zadina He was taken off the ice after hitting his right leg with a shot at 5:19 from the left in the third inning on Saturday and placed on the IR after the game. New York has had at least one point in six consecutive games against Detroit (5-0-1), including four consecutive points (3-0-1) and six of seven at home. Mika Zibanjad He has points in four consecutive games (two goals, four assists) and Rangers 6-1-0 this season when he gets a point.
Toronto Maple Leafs at the Carolina Hurricanes (5 p.m. ET; ESPN, TVAS, TSN4)
Mitchell Marner He had assists in every Auston Matthews goal against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, giving him consecutive multi-assist games and points on five consecutive assists (one goal, seven assists). Hurricanes ahead Martin Nicas He had another goal and an assist against the Buffalo Sabers on Friday, giving the forward 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists). Nikas has a point in 10 of 11 matches. Hurricanes 3-1-0 at home. Toronto 2-3-2 on the road.
Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks (9 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, BSSC, BSSF, SN NOW)
Spencer Knight The Panthers will probably start after the goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky He saved 34 balls in the 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Florida is 31st in the NHL in the power game (10.2 percent); Anaheim is 30 (12.1 percent). The Ducks allows for 4.58 goals per game, and the NHL’s worst tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets.