This is the first game played since March 12, the day the NHL stopped the regular season due to concerns about coronavirus.
The match between the 12 Western Conference teams will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, and the Eastern Conference team will play at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Competition, whether related to geography or recent playoff history, determines the majority of 12 matches.
“It’s just like entering a competitive situation against another team,” the center of Toronto’s Maple Leafs Auston Matthews said about their match against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. “We have just stepped into it, this is not like an ordinary pre-season where you have four or five matches to complete. We just want to start the match tomorrow.”
The following is the appearance of each game:
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (4 pm ET; NBCSN, NBCSP +, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV) – Penguins hope to have a captain Sidney Crosby back. The center resumed training Monday in Toronto after missing since July 18. They are also looking for clarity about the keeper as an old player Matt Murray and challenger Tristan Jarry battle for the role of beginners. For Philadelphia, goalkeeper Carter Hart missed two days of training last week but will play two periods against Penguins.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (8:00 ET; NHLN, SN1, TVAS, NHL.TV) – Two Original Six teams renew their competition to prepare for Qualification. For Montreal, go forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi has had a stronghold and is looking to regain his place in the lineup after spending much of the season with Laval of the American Hockey League. For Toronto, the forward is 18 years old Nicholas Robertson has become a revelation and topped the lineup. Coach Sheldon Keefe said he wanted to see what Robertson was doing against the NHL opposition.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (22:30 ET; NHLN, SN, NHL.TV) – The Battle of Alberta will be the perfect way for these teams to increase speed, introduce a little familiarity and emotion ready to use. Each team must decide to start the goalkeeper. Mike Smith (19-12-6, 2.95 goals-compared to the average, 0.902 saving percentage) and Mikko Koskinen (18-13-3, 2.75 GAA, 0.917 saves a percentage) each must see action for Oilers. For Calgary, David Rittich (24-17-6, 2.97 GAA, .907 saving percentage) and Cam Talbot (12-10-1, 2.63 GAA, 0.919 percentage storage) is expected to divide the time. Calgary is looking for a replacement to replace it Travis Hamonic, who opted out of the Return to Play NHL Plan.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers (Noon ET; NHLN, FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV) – Up Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman Will not play for Lightning. Stamkos has a lower body injury, and his hope is that he will be ready before the qualifying round. Hedman remains in Tampa to handle personal matters and is expected to join Lightning on Friday. For Florida, the best defender Aaron Ekblad, who missed the last two exercises at the training camp, skated Monday but didn’t want to play. Coach Joel Quenneville said on Monday that Ekblad would be ready for Qualification. Forwards Aleksi Saarela has been a revelation for Panther during the training camp.
Colorado vs Minnesota Wild Avalanche (14:30 ET; NHLN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV) – All eyes will be on the status of Colorado going forward Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Cale Makar. Each of them cannot train towards the end of the training camp but returns on Saturday for the final session before heading to Edmonton. MacKinnon, who scored 93 points (35 goals, 68 assists) in 69 matches, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP, and Makar, who scored 50 points (12 goals, 38 assists), was a finalist for Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. this. For Wild, who will play in goal is their biggest question. Coach Dean Evason said each of the four goals on the list had chances, but the battle was likely between Alex Stalock (20-11-4, 2.67 GAA, .910 saves percentage) and Devan Dubnyk (12-15-2, 2.96 GAA, .890 saving percentage).
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals (4 pm ET; NBCSN, FS-CR, NHL.TV) – A battle between teams facing off in the Eastern Conference First Round at the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff, when Hurricanes infuriated the Capital in seven games, this game should bring instant emotions. There are also questions that must be answered. Who will be the backup goalkeeper for the Capitals behind Braden Holtby now that Ilya Samsonov has been ruled out because of the postseason? Will Pheonix Copley or Vitek Vanecek ? Each spent the entire season with Hershey on the AHL. Also, will we expand the view going forward Connor McMichael and defenseman Alexander Alexeyev ? Each is a selection of the first round recently entered on a 31-person list. Carolina needs to sort out her plans in the defenseman case Dougie Hamilton not ready for Qualification. Trade-acquisition defensement Sami Vatanen and Brady Skjei each must get a long look in this game.
St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks (18:30 ET; NBCSN, NHLN, NBCSP-CH +, FS-MW +) – Goalkeeper Blackhawks Corey Crawford will be the focus of this Central Division rival’s fight. Crawford (16-20-3, 2.77 GAA, .917 saves percentage) missed everything except the last day of the training camp because of a positive COVID-19 test. He played 20 minutes in Saturday’s game, and his hope is to bring him to this game. Forwards Vladimir Tarasenko expected to play for the Blues, his first match action since undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in October.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers (8 pm ET; NBCSN, TVAS, MSG, MSG +) – Every team has a decision to make a goalkeeper. Islander coach Barry Trotz said he could not go wrong with whatever decision he made and planned to use Semyon Varlamov (19-14-6, 2.62 GAA, .914 saves percentage) and Thomas Greiss (16-9-4, 2.74 GAA, .913 saves percentage) in this game. Rangers have used three goals this season: Igor Shesterkin, Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev. Shesterkin (10-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .932 saves percentage) is believed to have a deep path to start in the qualifying series against Hurricanes, but this could be the final audition for the challengers.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets (22:30 ET; NHLN, SN, NHL.TV) – Each team has quite a number of players and is relatively healthy. Finalist of the Calder Trophy Quinn Hughes, who has 53 points (eight goals, 45 assists) in 68 matches for the Canucks, has a strong stronghold, and it will be interesting to see how much the defender has improved since March. Connor Hellebuyck (31-21-5, 2.57 GAA, .222 saving percentage), a finalist of the Vezina Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the NHL, will be the goalkeeper for the Jets against Wild, but Laurent Brossoit (6-7-1, 3.28 GAA, .895 saves a percentage) might get some work because he missed the first four days of the training camp.
Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars (4 pm ET; NHLN, FS-SW, FS-TN, NHL.TV) – Predators are trying to decide whether Pekka Rinne (18-14-4, 3.17 GAA, .895 saving percentage) or Hair Saros (17-12-4, 2.70 GAA, .914 save percentage) will be their goalkeeper. Coach John Hynes said on Monday that each would play at least one period against the Stars. For Dallas, the big question is what to do Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Dallas’s top two scorers are on separate paths for most training camps, but the attackers reunite on Sunday with Seguin as the center and Denis Gurianov other wing.
Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (19:00 ET; NHLN, TVAS, NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV) – Will David Pastrnak play for the Bruins in this game, a rematch of the 2019 playoff second round? The attacker, who scored 95 points (48 goals, 47 assists) in 70 matches, trained with the Bruins for the first time Monday after he was “unfit to participate” throughout the training camp. Coach Bruce Cassidy said he had a preliminary round of qualifications to accelerate Pastrnak, but the more iterations he could get the No. No. 1 of them (Pastrnak with the center Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand), better. It will be interesting to see what a healthy Columbus looks like. Among those who returned was defenseman Seth Jones and forward Cam Atkinson. Each has not been played since February 8.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes (10 nights ET; NHLN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV) – What is the status of Max Pacioretty? The top six attackers have been absent in the last four days at the training camp. His presence will reduce fears about juggling lines for round-robins. For Arizona, defender number 1 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who have 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 66 matches, must be available after injury during training on Friday. Coach Rick Tocchet suggested he would use each of his two goals in the tournament, and it looks like we’ll see it Darcy Kuemper (16-11-2, 2.22 GAA, .928 saving percentage) and Antti Raanta (15-14-3, 2.63 GAA, .921 save percentage) play against the Golden Knight.