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 four games Sunday.
Zajac to play 1,000th NHL game
Travis Zajac had to wait for a while, but the 35-year-old center is expected to play his 1,000th NHL game when the New Jersey Devils visit the Washington Capitals (2 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, SN1). Zajac, who returned after three weeks in NHL COVID-19 protocol to play in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, will become the fourth player to play 1,000 regular-season games for the Devils. He’ll join defenseman Ken Daneyko (1,283), goalie Martin Brodeur (1,266) and forward Patrik Elias (1,240), who each had his number retired by New Jersey. Zajac is third in Devils history with 534 points (197 goals, 337 assists) and has scored two goals in eight games this season. — Tom Gulitti, staff writer
Flyers, Bruins play outdoors for second time
When the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins face off just a slap shot away from the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVAS), it will be the second time they play against each other outdoors; the Bruins thrilled their fans when forward Marco Sturm scored the winner at 1:57 of overtime in a 2-1 victory at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, 2010. The venue has shifted from an iconic baseball stadium to a postcard-like setting with snow covered peaks in the background, but expect the Flyers to be all business in trying to solve the Bruins for the first time this season. Boston is undefeated (4-0-0) against Philadelphia (0-2-2) in four games and enters the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday attempting to avoid a three-game skid. Keep an eye on Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who has scored six points (three goals, three assists) against the Flyers this season. — Mike Zeisberger, staff writer
Jets go for another win in Vancouver
There’s something about Rogers Arena that brings out the best in the Winnipeg Jets, who will go for their seventh straight win there against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV). Winnipeg made it six in a row with a 2-0 win at the Canucks on Friday, when center Mark Scheifele continued his hot streak by scoring for a fourth straight game and extended his point streak to nine (13 points; six goals, seven assists). Scheifele and the Jets could receive a boost should center Pierre-Luc Dubois be able to play for the first time since Feb. 11; Dubois practiced Saturday and is hoping to return from a lower-body injury. The Canucks are 1-5-0 in their past six games at home. — Brian Compton, deputy managing editor
New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals, 2 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, SN1)
The Devils seek their third win in four games since returning from a COVID-19 pause. The Capitals have lost five of their past seven (2-5-0) after a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at home Saturday.
Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET (SN, RDS, NHL.TV)
It’s the opener of a four-game road trip for the Canadiens, who have lost three of their past four (1-3-0). The Senators begin a five-game homestand after going 2-3-0 on the road.
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (Edgewood Tahoe Resort, Stateline, Nevada), 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN1, TVAS)
The Bruins will try to continue their strong play on special teams when they go outdoors against the Flyers. Boston is second in the NHL on the penalty kill (88.9 percent) and sixth on the power play (29.8 percent).
Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET (NHLN, SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV)
The Jets, who conclude a four-game road trip, are in a stretch where they play 16 of 22 games on the road. They are 4-3-0 in away games this season.