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 seven games Sunday.
Rested Flames look to keep momentum against Blackhawks
The Calgary Flames visit the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), the second game for each team since lengthy breaks following postponements due to COVID-19 concerns. The Flames (16-7-6) defeated the Seattle Kraken 6-4 at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday, their first game since losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins on Dec. 11. Forwards Johnny Gaudreau (two goals, one assist) and Matthew Tkachuk (one goal, two assists) had three points each and will try to keep it going against a Chicago team that lost 6-1 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Blackhawks (11-16-4) played their first game in 14 days and trailed 5-0 at 5:54 of the second period. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could start for Chicago after he was activated from NHL COVID-19 protocol. — Mike Zeisberger, staff writer
Jets return to action
The Winnipeg Jets (14-11-5) will play their first game since Dec. 19 when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights. (4 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, TSN3, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). The Jets had five games postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. They are fifth in the Central Division, 1-2-1 in their past four games and face a stiff test against the Golden Knights, who’ve won two straight and seven of eight. Vegas (22-12-0) is first in the Pacific Division but is without injured forwards Max Pacioretty (wrist) and Mark Stone (upper body). They Golden Knights had 45 shots on goal in a 3-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. — Jim Cerny, senior editor
Landeskog, Byram, Avalanche ready to roll
The Colorado Avalanche play their first game since Dec. 16 and first on home ice since Dec. 14 when they host the Anaheim Ducks (3 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, BSSC, BSSD, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). The Avalanche (17-8-2) had a five-game winning streak end with a 5-2 loss at the Nashville Predators on the 16th, when five players were in NHL COVID-19 protocol (goalie Darcy Kuemper, defensemen Cale Makar and Devon Toews, and forwards J.T. Compher and Andre Burakovsky), and injured forward Gabriel Landeskog and defensemen Bowen Byram and Ryan Murray were sidelined. Landeskog (lower body) and Byram (head) return after missing three and eight games, respectively. Byram leads the NHL in goals by a rookie defenseman (four) despite playing 13 games. The Ducks (17-10-7) have lost three in a row (0-2-1), including at the Golden Knights on Friday. — Jon Lane, staff writer
Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (12:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, MSG, BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
It’s the second of a home-and-home set after New York’s 4-3 shootout win in Tampa Bay on Friday. Barclay Goodrow scored twice in the victory for the Rangers (20-8-4) against his former team. Steven Stamkos has scored six points (two goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak for the Lightning (21-7-5).
Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (1 p.m. ET; SN, BSDET, NESN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
The Bruins (15-10-2) are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Red Wings (15-14-3) play the second of a three-game homestand after a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday. Detroit is 11-4-2 at Little Caesars Arena this season.
San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins (1 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, NBCSCA, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
Forwards Jake Guentzel (upper body) and Bryan Rust (lower body) could return for the Penguins (17-8-5), who try for their eighth straight win. Tomas Hertl has scored 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in an eight-game point streak for the Sharks (17-14-1), who’ve won two in a row after they were 2-5-0 in their previous seven games.
Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche (3 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, BSSC, BSSD, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
The Ducks are fifth in the NHL on the power play (26.4 percent). Troy Terry leads Anaheim with five power-play goals. The Avalanche begin a busy stretch when they’ll play six games in 10 days, including four at home, where they are 10-2-1 this season.
New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (3 p.m. ET; TVAS, NBCSWA, MSG+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
Jack Hughes has scored six points (three goals, three assists) in his past two games for the Devils (12-15-5), who have won two in a row after a six-game losing streak. Defenseman John Carlson has scored five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games for the Capitals (20-6-7), who’ve won two straight and are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for first in the Metropolitan Division.
Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights (4 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, TSN 3, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
The Jets have scored five power-play goals in 16 road games this season. Laurent Brossoit is expected to make his fourth consecutive start for the Golden Knights and first against the Jets, his former team, since the goalie signed a two-year contract with Vegas on July 28.
Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)
Forward Andrew Mangiapane leads the Flames and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 18 goals. The Blackhawks have one win in their past five games (1-2-2)
Dallas Stars at Arizona Coyotes, postponed