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Best of NHL: Taylor Hall's 2 goals in N.J. home debut give Devils win

Best of NHL: Taylor Hall's 2 goals in N.J. home debut give Devils win

NEWARK, N.J. -- Taylor Hall made his new fans in New Jersey very happy with two power-play goals in a 4:11 span in the second period and the Devils posted their first win, a 2-1 decision over the road-weary and penalty-plagued Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Cory Schneider had 23 saves and forced the Ducks' Chris Wagner to lose control of the puck on a second-period penalty shot as New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak against Anaheim in its home opener.

Sami Vatanen scored on a power play for Anaheim, which is 0-3-1 in its five-game trip to start the season. John Gibson made 26 saves for Ducks, who played shorthanded seven times.

Hall, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who was acquired in a major trade with Edmonton in late June, tied the game at 1-all, putting the rebound of a shot by Mike Cammalleri into an open net at 12:35 (see full recap).

Capitals hand Avalanche first loss
WASHINGTON -- T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up his first goal of the season, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin and Oshie each scored on the power play to end Washington's man-advantage scoring drought, and the Avalanche lost for the first time under new coach Jared Bednar. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was sharp in stopping 37 of 40 shots behind Colorado teammates who were noticeably tired playing the second half of a back-to-back and their third game in four days.

Washington backup Philipp Grubauer only needed 18 saves for his first career shutout because Washington had the puck for most of the game.

The Capitals entered the game 0 for 8 on the power play and lacking production from the first line, but those problems went away in quick succession (see full recap).

Canadiens blank Penguins in home opener
MONTREAL -- David Desharnais scored twice and Al Montoya made 36 saves as the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 4-0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Off-season signing Alexander Radulov got his first goal as a Canadien -- with Montoya picking up an assist -- while Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, which has started the season 2-0-1. Montoya, signed from the Florida Panthers this summer, picked up his sixth career shutout.

The Penguins, coming off an overtime loss at home Monday night, played their first road game of the season.

While the ailing Carey Price got a huge ovation from the Bell Centre crowd in pre-game introductions, his replacement Montoya was spectacular in goal as Pittsburgh outshot the Canadiens 36-32 (see full recap).

Flyers vs. Jets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Jets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Alain Vigneault's team will look to keep rolling Saturday in front of its home fans.

In Game 62 of the 2019-20 season, the Flyers (34-20-7) host the Jets (32-25-5).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 1 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Despite an impressive stretch, interestingly the Flyers have not won three straight games since Dec. 17-23, when they ripped off four victories in a row.

By beating the Jets, the Flyers can extend their winning streak to three games and continue to climb in the standings. They've been doing so without long streaks. Since Jan. 8, the Flyers are 12-5-1 with an NHL-high 64 goals. Only two teams have more points than the Flyers' 25 during that stretch — the Lightning (31) and Bruins (29).

• With 75 points, the Flyers are in third place of the Metropolitan Division, not far ahead of the Islanders, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes.

The Flyers have a 79.6 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to Hockey-Reference.com. The Penguins, Capitals, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes are in action Saturday.

• The Jets hold the Western Conference's first wild-card spot. Winnipeg has won three straight with victories over the Blackhawks, Kings and Senators.

Mark Scheifele is coming off a hat trick and owns 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 12 career games against the Flyers.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Justin Braun

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers NHL trade deadline option: Check in on Maple Leafs' Kasperi Kapanen?

Flyers NHL trade deadline option: Check in on Maple Leafs' Kasperi Kapanen?

Leading up to the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline, we'll look at potential targets on the market and why they may or may not fit the Flyers' plans.

Kasperi Kapanen

Age: 23
Height: 6-1
Weight: 194
Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
2019-20 cap hit: $3.2 million

Scouting report

The skilled righty-shot winger blossomed last season with 20 goals and 44 points for the high-scoring Maple Leafs. This season, he has 12 goals and 33 points in 15:50 ice time per game.

There's plenty of upside with the 2014 first-round pick who has done the majority of his work this season at even strength (28 points) and in lesser minutes.

Kapanen, who plays on Toronto's penalty kill and third line, was given a one-game benching earlier this month for being late to practice after he overslept.

Projection

A player like Kapanen would undoubtedly bolster the Flyers' depth at forward and ability to score along the wing.

Why is he a trade candidate? Because the Maple Leafs are an offensively talented team in need of help on defense as it permits the NHL's sixth-most goals per game.

Kapanen has a profile trade suitors should like — he's young and reasonably under contract for the next two seasons. Therefore, Toronto could capitalize on the value and look to fill a glaring hole by shedding from its surplus of forwards.

Everyone knows the Flyers have a nice stock of defensemen, from the big club to down on the farm. Would they be willing to part ways with a blueliner and maybe a draft pick to add a promising non-rental to their future at forward?

Both parties have what it takes to intrigue the other.

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