4. Revenge on the mind
There will be a handful of intriguing revenge games on the slate tonight, with certain teams looking to bounce back after rough outings last time out. None more so than the Nashville Predators who were humiliated and blown out in a 7-0 to the Dallas Stars on Friday, a team that was playing in its season opener.
Then you have the Vegas Golden Knights who have been one of the best teams in the NHL so far this year, but their perfect record was brought to an end on Friday when they were beat 5-2 by the Arizona Coyotes, with sophomore forward Cody Glass‘ first goal of the season not enough to stop the Coyotes. The two teams meet again later tonight and you can bet that the Golden Knights will be more motivated than ever to bounce back in order to keep their grip on the West Division.
You can apply the same to the Buffalo Sabres who have lost three games to the Washington Capitals already this year, and the Sabres really need to start moving after a bitterly disappointing start to the season despite adding the likes of Taylor Hall and Eric Staal during the offseason.
The LA Kings will also be looking for revenge after losing to the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday, with Torey Krug recording his first goal for the Blues, while the New Jersey Devils will take on the New York Islanders tonight without Mackenzie Blackwood again, as they were on Thursday when the Isles clinched a 4-1 win thanks to a three-point night from Mathew Barzal (1 G, 2 A), so the Devils will be hoping for a bounce-back of their own as will all these teams with each and every game extra important this year.