Clashes to watch: November 20

Twelve games are scheduled on the regular NHL calendar for this Saturday, November 20. Here are the elements of these matches that will hold our attention.

Panthers want to stay perfect at home

The Florida Panthers will look to raise their record to 10-0-0 at FLA Live Arena on Saturday as they host the Minnesota Wild (6 p.m. ET; BSFL, BSN, BSWI +, ESPN +, NHL LIVE). The Panthers (12-2-3) won their first two games of a four-game home streak, including a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday in their first game without Aleksander Barkov, who will miss a few weeks of play with a knee injury. Florida leads the NHL in home goals average (4.78), and allows just 2.00 goals per game at home, tied for fourth. The Wild (11-5-0) begin a three-game road trip with two games in two days as they visit Stanley Cup champions the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Minnesota are 6-3-0 on the road and will look to build on their momentum after beating the Dallas Stars 7-2 on Thursday in a clash where Kirill Kaprizov had one goal and three assists. – David Satriano, reporter

Islanders inaugurate UBS Arena

After playing 13 away games to kick off the season, the New York Islanders will christen their brand new home, UBS Arena, on Saturday against the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG +, MSG + 2, ESPN +, NHL LIVE). The Islanders (5-6-2) will want to bring some of the magic they had at the Nassau Coliseum, where they maintained a 21-4-3 record last season, and that wouldn’t be too much since the team have been outscored 19-4 in goals in their last four outings. The loss of the defender Ryan pulock for four to six weeks due to a lower body injury and the attackers Anders Lee, Josh bailey and Ross johnston ended up on the COVID-19 protocol didn’t help. Calgary (9-3-5) is currently 2-1-2 on the seven-game road trip, its longest of the season, and is 7-2-2 away this year. Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves in Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabers to sign his fifth NHL shutout of the season. – Tom Gulitti, reporter

An explosive duel between the Oilers and the Blackhawks?

Every time Connor mcdavid and Patrick kane end up on the ice at the same time, there’s a good chance something spectacular will happen. So pack your popcorn for Saturday’s game as the Edmonton Oilers (12-4-0) host the Blackhawks (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, NBCSCH, ESPN +, NHL LIVE). McDavid extended his game streak with at least one point to 16 this season on Thursday, hitting everyone’s jaw with a spectacular goal in the 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The center is second in the NHL in points with 30, three points behind his teammate Leon draisaitl. As for Kane, he is still formidable offensively. He is the Blackhawks’ leading scorer (5-9-2) with 17 points in 12 games, he has just had two straight two-point games and he is doing wonders with his line mate. Alex DeBrincat. The quality of their passing game which led to the goal of Seth jones in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Seattle Kraken shows it. – Adam Kimelman, Associate Editorial Director,

On the schedule tonight …

Carolina Hurricanes vs Los Angeles Kings (4 p.m. ET; BSW, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, BSSUN, MSG +, NHL LIVE)
Minnesota Wild vs Florida Panthers (6 pm ET; BSFL, BSN, BSWI +, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN1, SNO, SNP, ATTSN-PT, NHL LIVE)
Nashville Predators vs Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Calgary Flames vs New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG +, MSG + 2, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NESN, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Detroit Red Wings vs Arizona Coyotes (8 p.m. ET; BSAZ, BSDET, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars (8 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSMW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, BSOH, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, NBCSCH, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks (10:30 pm ET; NBCSCA, NBCSWA, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators, awarded

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