NHL.com/sports/nhl/ncaa-players-game-in-depth:103980 The NHL season officially began on Friday, but the league is still working on some key details before its season-opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
Here’s what you need to know about the game, including the matchups, lineup, goalies, lineup changes and more.1.
Which players are starting on Monday?
The New York Rangers have three of the NHL’s top eight scorers in Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Hayes and Kevin Hayes.
They have also given up just three goals in 11 games, which is good for third-best in the league behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.
The Washington Capitals have three players in the top 20 in scoring and have won three straight games.
The Minnesota Wild have four players in top-10 in scoring.
The Tampa Bay Lighting have five players in Top 10 in scoring, and are playing with more intensity.
The Dallas Stars have four top-five scorers.
The Edmonton Oilers have five of the top 10 scorers, with Cam Talbot and Ondrej Palat playing with greater intensity.
The New Jersey Jets have four of the Top 10 scoreers, with Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor all playing with a greater intensity than their opponents.2.
Is this the best season the NHL has seen for goalies?
Yes, and no.
The league is having trouble finding a solution for goaltenders, which has hurt their play.
The biggest question heading into the season is whether goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will stay healthy enough to play in the regular season, as expected.
If Bryzgals play at a high level and continue to improve, he should be able to return to the NHL next season.
If not, there is a good chance the Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk could start in the playoffs.
If he is unable to return, Cory Schneider could be the next goalie to make the team.3.
Can goalies keep up with the speed of the game?
The league is in the process of implementing a new system to allow goalies to better prepare for speed.
Goalies will now be required to complete at least six conditioning workouts per week and practice at least five times per week.
While the practice sessions have been short, goalkeepers have had success in adapting to the new system, which helps keep the body in tip-top shape and provides more consistency in preparation for games.
The Predators are using a similar system, although they’re only playing one team and will have two goalies.
In this instance, Nashville has five goalies on the roster.4.
What do you think of the Oilers’ play?
The Oilers were the only team that made the playoffs last season, but have struggled mightily this season.
In fact, the Oilers have been in the bottom half of the league in scoring in six of their last eight games.
What’s been going on this season?
Edmonton has scored just seven goals, while their penalty kill is dead last in the NHL.
How has the Oilers improved?
Edmonton is scoring at a faster pace, which will hopefully be the catalyst for them to keep the puck out of the net.
Can the Oilers find a way to win this game?
There’s no denying the Oilers are playing at a higher level.
Predators vs. JetsGame 5: Monday at 6:30 p.m.
ETThe Oilers will face off against the Winnipeg Jets in their season opener on Monday at the Amalie Arena.
Here are the key storylines heading into game day:1.
Who are the two teams to beat in the Western Conference?
The Winnipeg Jets have the NHL record for the most losses in a season, which stands at 18.
Who will win this matchup?
The Winnipeg Sens have the best record in the Eastern Conference, with a 9-1-0 record this season and will look to continue that streak as they host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Which goalie will be in the lineup against the Capitals?
The Edmonton Ducks have two goaltenders in the Top 15 in goals-against average (1.89), save percentage (.903) and shutouts (10).
Will the Ducks have the biggest advantage in this game, as they’ve had so many offensive chances this season as a team?
No, but it’s not out of their control.
How many goals will the Ducks lead this game to?
The Ducks lead the NHL with five goals in this series.
They also have a five-game winning streak in the series, including a 5-0-0 mark in games played.
Which team will get the best chances to score?
Ducks goalie Cam Talbots is a perfect example of the team that has to