Krejci could debut
In the first of two matinee games on tap in U.S. cities, Boston hosts Colorado at 1 p.m. ET. (Anaheim visits Buffalo at 3 p.m. ET., and, unfittingly, Columbus is not in action.)
Boston has struggled out of the gate, going 1-2-0 while scoring only three goals, including a 4-0 shutout at Washington on Saturday. Help is on the way, though, as last season’s top scorer, centre David Krejci, has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup against Colorado. Krejci, who parlayed his 69 points in 2013-14 into a 6-year, $43.5-million US contract extension, missed the first three games with an undisclosed injury.
Iggy back in Boston
Colorado’s Jarome Iginla returns to Boston for the first time since signing a three-year, $16-million deal with the Avs in the off-season. Iginla, who scored 30 goals for the Bruins last season, has suited up for four different teams over the last three campaigns after spending his first 15 with Calgary.
Maybe Iginla can give the Avs’ offence a boost. Colorado, pegged by statheads as a major candidate to regress after improbably finishing with the third-best record in the league last season, opened with back-to-back shutout losses to the Minnesota Wild at an aggregate score of 8-0.
Perfect Habs go for win No. 4
Both evening games feature Canadian teams playing in the Sunshine State at 7:30 p.m. ET, as Ottawa visits Florida and Montreal takes on Tampa Bay.
The Canadiens are the toast of the league after opening with three straight wins, all on the road. Most impressive was Saturday’s victory in Philly, where the Habs rallied from three goals down in the third period to win in a shootout.
The last time Montreal and Tampa met, the Canadiens completed a four-game sweep of their first-round playoff series. But the Lightning won three of their four regular-season meetings, so the Habs will be tested to keep their winning streak alive.