NHL On Tap: Dubois to make Jets debut against Flames

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Dubois to debut for Jets

Pierre-Luc Dubois will make his long-awaited debut with the Winnipeg Jets when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, TSN3, NHL.TV). The center practiced Sunday and Monday, his first two on-ice sessions since going into quarantine following the trade that sent him to Winnipeg from the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic on Jan. 23. He’s been skating at center between Kyle Connor and Trevor Lewis and likely will start there Tuesday. With Dubois, Mark Scheifele, Paul Stastny and Adam Lowry, the Jets might have the deepest group of centers in the NHL. “I’m excited to have him, excited to have another elite center to work with as a defenseman,” Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey said. “I’m excited to see what he can do as he gets going with our team.” Adding to the interest in Dubois’ debut is the fourth game in nine days between the Jets and Flames. There hasn’t been a lot of animosity between the teams so far, but Dubois, who plays a heavy, physical style, should have some extra energy playing his first game since Jan. 21. — Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor

Marleau to pass Jagr on games played list

Patrick Marleau is set to play his 1,734th regular-season game and skate past Jaromir Jagr for sole possession of third place on the all-time NHL games played list when the San Jose Sharks visit the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, NBCSA, NHL.TV). The 41-year-old center needs only 24 games to pass Mark Messier (1,756) for second place and 35 to eclipse Gordie Howe (1,767) for first. San Jose has 46 games remaining this season. Marleau has played 864 consecutive regular-season games heading into Tuesday. While Marleau chases history, the Kings look to snap a four-game losing streak (0-4-0). Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 11 games, and has five multi-point games. — William Douglas, staff writer

Flyers-Capitals rematch

The Philadelphia Flyers are on a roll, going 5-1-1 in their past seven games, most recently defeating the Washington Capitals 7-4 on Sunday. Which is why I’m looking forward to the rematch at Capital One Arena (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, NBCSWA, NBCSP, NHL.TV). The Flyers (18 points) and Capitals (15 points) are second and third respectively in the MassMutual East Division, and I believe they’ll be fighting it out all season at the top of the division. Add in Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who scored two goals Sunday to give him 711 in the NHL, six away from tying Phil Esposito for sixth all-time, and the Flyers’ propensity for hat tricks this season — Scott Laughton‘s on Sunday was their third in 13 games, plus they were the opponent for a hat trick scored by Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak on Feb. 3 — and there’s a chance for fireworks. I like fireworks. I’m in. — Amalie Benjamin, staff writer

Tuesday schedule

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals, 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN, ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, NBCSWA, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov could return after missing the past eight games due to COVID-19 protocols.

Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. ET (FS-F, FS-D+, NHL.TV)

Red Wings forward Givani Smith had his first NHL multipoint game, a goal and an assist, in their 4-1 win against the Panthers on Sunday.

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

Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (two goals, seven assists) and Connor McDavid (one goal, seven assists) have combined for 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in three games against the Senators this season, including a 3-1 win Monday.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

The Lightning have a five-game winning streak, which began with a win against the Predators on Jan. 30 and continued with a 4-1 victory against them Monday.

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET (FS-SW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

The Stars are 1-2-2 in their past five games, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. 

Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET (SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, ATTSN-RM, PRIME, FS-SD, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has at least one point in eight of his nine games this season, and has scored six points (one goal, five assists) during a three-game point streak.

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. ET (FS-W, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

The Sharks have points in consecutive games (1-0-1) for the first time since a three-game winning streak Feb. 27-March 3, 2020.

Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+, SNW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has scored 11 goals in 19 games against the Jets, tied for the most he’s scored against any NHL team (11 against the Oilers).

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