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NHL ON TAP: Fiala makes debut for Kings against Golden Knights

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Welcome to NHL On Tap. His three writers for share what they’re most looking forward to in their daily schedule.Today, their picks from two games on Tuesday, the first day of the regular season in North America.

Goalkeeper match-up marks MSG’s opening match

Let’s call it the battle of the NHL’s top two goalkeepers Igor Shesterkin When Andrei Vasilevsky The New York Rangers will face off when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7:30 PM ET, ESPN, SN1, TVAS, SN NOW). Vasilevskiy and the Lightning defeated Shesterkin and the Rangers in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Shesterkin won Vezina his trophy as the best goalkeeper in the NHL, with him receiving 29 of his 32 votes for first place (and his three votes for second place). ). But if Shestakin wants to be known not just as the best goalkeeper of last season, but as the best goalkeeper in the world, he must wrest that title from two-time Stanley Cup winner Vasilevski. , which is what makes this season opener so interesting. — Dan Rosen, Senior Writer

Spotlight on Thompson and Fiala in LA

Logan Thompson Inherited the number 1 goalie of the Vegas Golden Knights, Kevin Fiala He will make his Los Angeles Kings debut when the team kicks off the season at Arena (10 PM ET; ESPN, SN1, TVAS, SN NOW).Golden Knights need Thompson robin laner He is expected to miss the season after undergoing hip surgery. Thompson said he was 10-5-3, averaging 2.68 goals and a .914 save percentage, and although he had one shutout (17 starts) in his 19 games last season, the 25-year-old rookie is now A season, more work has to be handled. Fiala was traded from the Minnesota Wild to Los Angeles on June 29 and signed the following day to a seven-year, $55.125 million contract (averaging $7.875 million a year). The 26-year-old scored his NHL career-high goals (33), assists (52) and points (85) in his 82 games last season, earning him a Stanley Cup win in his playoffs last season. Adds a new offensive dimension to advanced Kings. First time since 2018. — Tom Gritti, staff writer

Expectations are high for the Kings this season

It came as a bit of a surprise last season when the Los Angeles Kings made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs and pushed the Edmonton Oilers to seven games before losing in the Western Conference first round. Now hopes are high for the Kings to make it to the postseason, and they should get off to a fast start on Tuesday. want to avoid Kings coach Todd McClellan spoke Sept. 22 about the veteran’s leadership in goalkeeping. Jonathan QuickDefenseman Drew Doughty and move forward Anze CopitalHe was with the Kings when they won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, and helps the team cope with expectations. Can the Kings make the playoffs again? But a strong start certainly helps. — Tracy Myers, Staff Writer

Tuesday schedule

Tampa Bay Lightning with New York Rangers (7:30 PM ET, ESPN, TVAS, SN1, SN NOW)

The Lightning started the regular season after making three straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Cup in 2020 and 2021 before losing six games to the Colorado Avalanche last season.rangers forward Sammy Bracehas an upper body injury, has not practiced on Monday and is unlikely to play.

Vegas Golden Nights with the LA Kings (10 PM ET, ESPN, TVAS, SN1, SN NOW)

Forward Mark StoneHaving undergone back surgery on May 19, he is ready for the season opener for the Golden Knights.Same with Kings Forward Victor ArvidsonHe underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on May 17 and played in 16:42 in his only preseason game, winning 6-3 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.