News – NHL – The « preview » of the night across the Atlantic


NHL – The « preview » of the night across the Atlantic

NHL – Regular Season

Lightning could count on Point’s return

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens will revive NHL activities at Amalie Arena following the Christmas recess. Bad news for the Habs: the Lightning (20-6-4) could welcome the return to the game of striker Brayden Point. The latter missed 14 games with an upper-body injury suffered on November 20 and a decision will be made by the Tampa Bay medical team during the day Tuesday, assistant coach Derek Lalonde said on Monday. .

  • The Lightning are 11-2-1 in the absence of Point, who has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 16 games this season. On Monday, Point trained in the middle of the second line with Alex Killorn and Mathieu Joseph, then on the first wave of the power play.
  • The Florida training will however be deprived of the services of its two guardians, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliott, who have been subject to the COVID-19 protocol. Maxime Lagacé and Hugo Alnefelt were recalled from the Syracuse school club in the American League.
  • As for the Canadiens (7-21-3), we will also have to manage without the number one goalie Jake Allen.
  • Allen and advocates Ben Chiarot, Jeff Petry, Chris Wideman and Joel Edmundson were all placed on COVID-19 protocol on Monday. They joined forwards Laurent Dauphin, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli.
  • Cayden Primeau was recalled from the Laval Rocket to make up for Allen’s absence. Coach Dominique Ducharme has not yet indicated whether Primeau will get the start or whether he will send Samuel Montembeault into the fray.
  • In the last duel between the two teams, on December 7 at the Bell Center, Ondrej Palat gave the victory to the Lightning by breaking the tie with 38 seconds to play in the third period.

The Golden Knights want to bounce back

The Vegas Golden Knights will visit the Los Angeles Kings in hopes of blinding their 4-3 loss to the Lightning in the final game before the Christmas break on December 21.

  • The Golden Knights (20-12-0) had signed five consecutive victories before this setback in which they screwed up a 3-1 lead. Vegas will have to make do without the services of its trainer Peter DeBoer and forward Brett Howden, who were put into COVID-19 protocol on Monday.
  • The Kings (14-11-5) haven’t played since December 19, when they came from behind to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2.
  • Center Anze Kopitar needs an assist to pass Wayne Gretzky (672) for second in Los Angeles history. Marcel Dionne (757) occupies the first position in this chapter. – Tom Gulitti, NHL.com reporter

Burns will play a 1,200th game in the Coyotes-Sharks duel

The San Jose Sharks will see action for the first time since Dec. 16 as they host the Arizona Coyotes.

  • San Jose (15-14-1) has lost five of its last seven games (2-5-0) and is five points behind the Edmonton Oilers and the second-place fourth ace in the Association’s Where is. Despite struggling to score goals (2.60 per game, 27th in the NHL), the Sharks can count on the excellent contribution of forward Timo Meier, who leads the team with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists). ) in 25 encounters.
  • They’ll also be relying on goaltender James Reimer, who has a 1.26 goals against average and .961 save percentage in four games since November 28.
  • Defenseman Brent Burns will play a 1,200th career game against a team from Arizona (6-21-2) who ended a six-game losing streak in their last duel, triumphing 6-5 in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks on December 17.

The matches of the night (Swiss time)

Tampa Bay – Montreal (01h)
Chicago – Columbus (postponed)
Los Angeles – Vegas (04:30)
San Jose – Arizona (4:30 am)



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