NHL On Tap: Canucks try to end skid against Maple Leafs


Welcome to the NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they are most looking forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choices from the six games Monday.

Canucks look to end skid

The struggling Vancouver Canucks must find a way to slow down the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET, TVAS, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV). If they don’t, the visitors are in danger of losing their fifth consecutive game to extend a long skid in a short NHL season. The Canucks had won four in a row before traveling east and losing two games to the Montreal Canadiens and the first two of this three-game set against the Maple Leafs. Vancouver has been outscored 23-9 during the road trip, so far. Toronto forward Auston Matthews is on fire, his two goals in a 5-1 win against Vancouver on Saturday giving him 10 for the season and nine in his past seven games. Vancouver can’t let Toronto jump out to an early lead;┬áthe NHL-leading Maple Leafs (9-2-1) are 5-0-0 this season when ahead after 20 minutes. The “disconnected” Canucks, so described Saturday by Vancouver goalie Braden Holtby, need to rebound quickly against a Maple Leafs team that’s very solidly plugged in. — Dave Stubbs, columnist

Predators need consistent scoring

It looked like the Nashville Predators broke free from their scoring woes after a 6-5 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Left wing Filip Forsberg scored five points (two goals, three assists), center Matt Duchene scored his first two goals of the season and defenseman Roman Josi scored his second goal. Just as quickly, Nashville’s offense dried up the following night in a 2-1 loss at Florida. The Predators average 2.55 goals per game (26th in the NHL), part of the reason why they are seventh in the Discover Central Division. They have struggled on the road (1-5-0) but return home, where they are 4-1-0, and look to get untracked against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, SUN, NHL.TV). — Rob Reese, fantasy editor

Coyotes seek third straight win

The Arizona Coyotes aren’t flashy, aren’t loaded with stars. They just work hard, and that’s helped them win two straight games for the first time this season. Let’s see if it continues when they play the St. Louis Blues again at Enterprise Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-A, NHL.TV). Since several of their games have been postponed because of COVID-19, this will be the fourth of six straight games the Coyotes will play against the Blues, the first four in St. Louis and the final two in Arizona. After losing 4-3 on Tuesday, the Coyotes rebounded with a 4-3 win Thursday and a 3-1 victory Saturday. Forward Conor Garland has a four-game point streak and leads the Coyotes (5-5-1) in scoring with 12 points (four goals, eight assists). Goalie Darcy Kuemper has played well (3-5-0, 2.46 goals-against average, .909 save percentage in nine starts) for Arizona, which has had nine of its 11 games decided by two goals or fewer. The Blues (7-4-1) need to get their power play going again. They are 0-for-13 in their past three games against the Coyotes. — Tracey Myers, staff writer

Monday schedule

New York Islanders at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN1, SNE, MSG, MSG+)

The Rangers have won two games in a row for the first time this season and are 3-0-1 in their past four.

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET (FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Forward Patrik Laine has scored three goals in his first three games for the Blue Jackets after he was traded from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23, including two in a 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET (TSN5, RDS, SNW, NHL.TV)

Forwards Connor McDavid (21 points; six goals, 15 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (18 points; seven goals, 11 assists) each has a nine-game point streak for the Oilers, who have won three of their past four.

Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (TVAS, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV)

Forward Mitchell Marner has scored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) during a seven-game point streak for the Maple Leafs, who look to complete a three-game sweep against the Canucks after a 5-1 win Saturday and a 7-3 victory Thursday.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+, FS-TN, SUN, NHL.TV)

The Lightning look to extend their winning streak to five straight when they begin a four-game road trip against the Predators.

Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET (FS-MW, FS-A, NHL.TV)

The Blues have lost two straight for the first time this season, following a four-game winning streak.

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