NHL On Tap: Kessel’s record-setting ironman streak to hit 1,000 games

Kessel to change into Mr. 1,000 in a row

Phil Kessel‘s NHL-record ironman streak will attain 1,000 consecutive games when the Vegas Golden Knights host Kessel’s former group, the Arizona Coyotes (10 pm ET; SN360, ATTSN-RM, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW). Kessel’s streak consists of 208 games with Arizona from 2019-22 earlier than he signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Golden Knights on Aug. 24. The 35-year-old ahead handed Keith Yandle for many consecutive games when he performed his 990th in a row on the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 25 and scored his four-hundredth NHL objective in Vegas’ 4-2 victory. Kessel has not missed a recreation since Oct. 31, 2009, when he didn’t play for the Maple Leafs in a 5-4 shootout loss on the Montreal Canadiens following offseason shoulder surgical procedure. The Golden Knights (13-4-0) will attempt to rebound after dropping consecutive games for the primary time this season. The Coyotes (6-8-1) have misplaced their previous two after profitable the primary three throughout their stretch of 14 consecutive street games. — Tom Gulitti, workers author

Devils put a 10-game streak on the road at Maple Leafs

The New Jersey Devils are the must-watch group within the NHL. They have received 10 in a row, the third-longest profitable streak of their historical past. If they (13-3-0) win on the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 pm ET; SNO, MSG, MSGSN2, ESPN+, SN NOW), they’ll match their 11-game run in 2005-06, two shy of their franchise file 13 straight victories in 2000-01. New Jersey has had 17 gamers get no less than one level throughout the stretch, led by middle Jack Hughes15 (six objectives, 9 assists), and has had 15 completely different objective scorers. I might go on and on about what the Devils are doing, having not misplaced since Oct. 24, however you get the image. They’ve been dominant. But the Maple Leafs (9-5-3) have been good too, profitable their previous two games and going 5-1-1 this month. The large guys have stepped up for Toronto in November, together with ahead Mitchell Marner (10 factors; two objectives, eight assists), middle Austin Matthews (9 factors; 4 objectives, 5 assists), middle John Tavares (eight factors; 5 objectives, three assists) and ahead William Nylander (seven factors; three objectives 4 assists). Goalie Matt Murray returned from an adductor damage with 35 saves in a 5-2 win on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. The Devils could have to earn No. 11. — Dan Rosen, senior author

Offense storm warning

The Carolina Hurricanes (10-5-1) have been good this season however are keen to take a look at themselves in opposition to elite competitors. It will get no extra elite than after they host the 8-5-1 Colorado Avalanche (7 pm ET; BSSO, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW). The defending Cup champions are a handful, boasting 4 gamers who common greater than a degree per recreation: ahead Mikko Rantanen (25 factors; 11 objectives, 14 assists in 14 games), middle Nathan MacKinnon (24 factors; 4 objectives, 20 assists in 14 games), defenseman Cale Makar (18 factors; three objectives, 15 assists in 14 games) and ahead Valery Nichushkin (12 factors; seven objectives, 5 assists in seven games) who’s out following ankle surgical procedure. Not surprisingly, Colorado’s 3.57 objectives per recreation ranks fifth within the NHL. Carolina, averaging 3.00 objectives per recreation (nineteenth within the League), has three gamers with greater than a degree per recreation; middle Martin Necas (19 factors; seven objectives, 12 assists in 16 games), ahead Andrei Svechnikov (18 factors; 12 objectives, six assists in 16 games) and middle Sebastian Aho (17 factors; seven objectives, 10 assists in 16 games). There ought to be no scarcity of objectives right here. — Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial

Thursday games

Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; BSSUN, SNW, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Flames (7-6-2), who started a six-game street journey, have received two straight following a seven-game dropping streak (0-5-2). Calgary middle Jonathan Huberdeau returned after lacking three games with an upper-body damage to rating his 2 hundredth NHL objective in a 6-5 win in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The Lightning (9-6-1) additionally received their final two games. After getting his five hundredth NHL help by establishing ahead Alex Killorn‘s winner in a 5-4 time beyond regulation victory in opposition to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, Tampa Bay middle Steven Stamkos wants 11 objectives to attain 500 within the NHL and 11 factors to attain 1,000.

Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; BSSO, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Goalie Alexander Georgiev has seamlessly settled into the No. 1 function with the Avalanche (8-5-1). Acquired in a commerce with the New York Rangers on July 7, he is 7-2-1 with a .924 save share, sixth amongst goalies who’ve appeared in no less than 10 games. Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen has missed the previous 4 games with a lower-body damage, however Carolina (10-5-1) additionally has Antti Raanta (3-2-1, 2.47 goals-against common, .911 save share) and Pyotr Kochetkov (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .959 save share), who’s coming off his first NHL shutout, with 27 saves in a 3-0 win on the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers (7 p.m. ET; BSFL, BSSW, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Forwards Jason Robertson (18 factors; 9 objectives, 9 assists) and Roope Hintz (13 factors; 4 objectives, 9 assists) every will attempt to prolong his level streak to 10 games for the Stars (9-5-2), who’re 1-2-1 of their previous 4 games. Forward Matthew Tkachuk has seven assists in his previous 4 games for the Panthers (9-6-1), who leads the NHL in averaging 40.4 photographs on objective per recreation.

Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, TSN2, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Center Nick Suzuki has gotten off to a powerful begin for the Canadiens (8-7-1) with 19 factors (10 objectives, 9 assists) in 16 games. The Blue Jackets (5-9-1) are 2-0-1 of their three games regardless of being with out a number of key gamers, together with ahead Patrick Laine (sprained ankle), defenseman Zach Werenski (season-ending shoulder damage) and goalie Elvis Merzlikins (decrease physique).

New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; SNO, MSG, MSGSN2, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Each group is coming off a win Tuesday; New Jersey 5-1 on the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto 5-2 on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils (13-3-0) have outscored opponents 43-19 throughout their 10-game profitable streak, the third-longest of their historical past. For the Maple Leafs (9-5-3), Marner will look to prolong his level streak (14 factors; three objectives, 11 assists) to 11 games, which might equal the second-longest of his NHL profession; he had a 13-game level streak final season.

Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNP, NESN, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Bruins (14-2-0) can change into the fifth group in NHL historical past to open the season with no less than 10 consecutive house wins and transfer inside one of many League file of 11 shared by the 1963-64 Black Hawks and the 2021- 22 Panthers. Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman was activated from injured reserve Wednesday after lacking six games with a lower-body damage. Philadelphia’s John Tortorella, a Boston native, will change into the primary United States-born coach to attain 1,400 NHL games. The Flyers (7-6-3) have misplaced their previous 4 games (0-3-1), however goalie Carter Hart continues to play properly (6-2-3, 2.42 GAA, .929 save share in 11 begins).

Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Jets (9-4-1) are 7-1-1 of their previous 9 games, led by goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who’s 5-1-1 with a 1.70 GAA, .947 save share and two shutouts throughout that stretch. The Ducks (5-10-1) ended a three-game dropping streak with a 3-2 time beyond regulation victory in opposition to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Winnipeg middle Cole Perfetti (three objectives, 5 assists) and Anaheim middle Mason McTavish (two objectives, six assists) are amongst 5 gamers tied for fifth within the NHL amongst rookies with eight factors.

New York Islanders at Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; BSSO, MSGSN, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Islanders (11-6-0) are 9-2-0 of their final 11 games. Center Mathew Barzal is third within the NHL with 18 assists in 17 games for New York however remains to be searching for his first objective of the season. For the Predators (7-8-1), goalie Juuse Saros stopped 66 of 68 photographs (.971 save share) to assist Nashville to 2-1 wins in every of their previous two games, in opposition to the New York Rangers on Saturday and the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. They had been the Predators’ first consecutive regulation wins since they opened the season with two victories in regulation in opposition to the San Jose Sharks within the 2022 NHL Global Series in Prague.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; TVAS, BSN, BSWI, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+)

The Wild will likely be with out former Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after inserting him on injured reserve with an upper-body damage Wednesday. Minnesota (7-7-2) has been held to one objective or fewer 4 instances in going 2-3-1 in its previous six games. Centers Sidney Crosby (seven objectives, 10 assists) and Evgeni Malkin (seven objectives, 10 assists) are tied for the Pittsburgh group lead with 17 factors, however the Penguins (6-7-3) are 2-7-2 since opening the season 4-0-1.

Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Blues (7-8-0) continued their curler coaster season by defeating the Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday for his or her fourth straight victory. St. Louis opened the season by profitable three in a row earlier than dropping eight straight. Center Ryan O’Reilly has six factors (three objectives, three assists) in his previous 5 games after having one objective in his first 9 games. The Capitals (7-9-2) are 2-5-2 of their previous 9 games. Forward Alex Ovechkin has no objectives in his previous 4 games for Washington after scoring eight in his first 14 games and stays at 788 for his profession, 13 behind Gordie Howe (801) for second in NHL historical past.

Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; SN360, ATTSN-RM, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Forward Clayton Keller has 14 factors (5 objectives, 9 assists) in his previous 10 street games and may change into the second Coyotes participant (since 1996-97) with a street level streak of no less than 11 games, becoming a member of Ray Whitney (12 games from Feb. 16 -April 7, 2012). Arizona (6-8-1) is 5-6-0 on the street and 1-2-1 at house. The Golden Knights (13-4-0) had received 9 in a row earlier than dropping their final two and continued to lead the Western Conference with 26 factors.

New York Rangers at Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, MSG, MSG2, ESPN+, SN NOW)

Defenseman Adam Fox will look to push his level streak (10 factors; three objectives, seven assists) to seven games for the Rangers (8-6-3), who start a four-game West Coast street journey. The Kraken (8-5-3) are 5-1-1 on the street, however 3-4-2 at Climate Pledge Arena. Forward Jordan Eberle has three objectives in his previous three games for Seattle after scoring one in his first 13 games.

Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, BSDET, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Sharks (6-9-3) have received three in a row for the primary time this season and are 6-4-3 since opening the season 0-5-0. Center Logan Couture (two objectives, two assists) and ahead Alexander Barabanov (one objective, three assists) every has 4 factors throughout San Jose’s profitable streak. The Red Wings (7-5-4) will look to finish a four-game dropping streak (0-2-2), a stretch they’ve been outscored 17-9.

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