NHL On Tap: Kings look for sixth straight home win

Welcome to NHL OnTap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they’re looking forward to the most from the show each day. Today, your options for two games on Tuesday.

Kings ready to cook at home

After losing three of four (1-2-1) during a four-game road trip last week, the Los Angeles Kings (11-8-2) should be ready to enjoy some extended time in California. The Kings will play their next six games in the Golden State, five in Los Angeles and one at close range in San Jose, starting against the New York Rangers (9-6-4) at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, MSG, ESPN+, SN NOW). Their next game outside of California will be on December 6 at the Ottawa Senators. Home has been good for the Kings, who have won five straight in Los Angeles. Forward Gabriel Vilardi has scored six of his top 10 Kings goals in nine home games this season, and forward Philip Danault he is tied with Vilardi for the Kings’ home scoring lead with eight points (two goals, six assists). The Kings have also been better defensively at home, allowing 2.89 goals in nine games, compared to 3.75 goals in 12 games on the road. — Adam Kimelman, Deputy Managing Editor

Video: MIN@LAK: Vilardi scores 10th goal of the season in 3rd

Fox can extend the points streak

adam fox He will look to extend his point streak to nine games when the Rangers visit the Kings. Fox has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) during his eight-game skid for the Rangers, who are playing the third of a four-game West Coast road trip (1-0-1). Fox has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last five games and is second among NHL defensemen with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists). New York has earned at least one point in 14 of its last 21 games against Los Angeles (10-7-4). Since February 5, 2008, 20 of 22 games between the teams have been decided by two goals or less; 12 have been decided by a goal. — Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Video: ARI@NYR: Fox scores 5th of season in 2nd quarter

Sabers try to end Game 8 slide

To say the Buffalo Sabers (7-11-0) have been tough of late would be an understatement. After a 7-3-0 start this season, they have lost eight in a row. The Sabers will look to pick up their first win since November 2 (6-3 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins) when they visit the Montreal Canadiens (7 pm ET; NHLN, RDS, TSN2, MSG-B, SN NOW). Buffalo has allowed three or more goals in each of its eight straight losses, including five or more goals in five of the games. The Sabers have allowed 22 first-period goals in 18 games this season, the most in the NHL, and their penalty kick is 30th in the league (70.2 percent). Two bright spots have come forward Tag Thompsonwho leads them with 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) and defense Rasmus Dahlin, who follows him with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists). Montreal (9-8-1) is 4-2-0 in its last six after a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. On the right cole caufield he has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last five games with the Canadiens. — Tracey Myers, staff writer

tuesday games

Buffalo Sabers at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN2, RDS, MSG-B, SN NOW)

defending mattias samuelsson he could return for the Sabers after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury. Forward Alex Tuch has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game scoring streak for the Sabres. Center nick suzukiwho leads the Canadiens with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists), has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last five games.

New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, MSG, ESPN+, SN NOW)

The Rangers have excelled on special teams this season; the Kings not so much. New York ranks fourth in NHL shootout kills (83.1 percent) and ninth in power play (23.5 percent). Los Angeles ranks 27th on the shootout (74.3 percent) and tied for 24th on the power play (18.8 percent).

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