Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including Toronto at Montreal and the Blues at the Oilers:
Saturday, November 18th – Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Doesn’t matter where these two teams are in the standings because it’s an event when the Leafs and Habs meet up, particularly on a Saturday night. Toronto got off to a hot start, cooled off a bit, and have returned to their winning ways. The Canadiens got off to a rocky start, and appear to have steadied themselves, though they’ve been doing it without goaltender Carey Price.
Sunday, November 19th – Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
A glance at the NHL standings would not reveal that the Golden Knights are an expansion team. They’ve been money in the bank at home, which is where they are tonight as the Kings come visiting. And those Kings have been red-hot to begin the season, so the bright lights of Vegas shouldn’t have any effect on them.
Monday, November 20th – Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 167
Both of these teams are in the mix for a playoff spot in the tough Central Division. The Jets have been playing good hockey after a so-so start, while the Predators are looking to take that extra step after making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last June.
Tuesday, November 21st – Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
While the Oilers have been underwhelming so far this season, the Blues have been impressive, and lead the Central Division. Surprisingly, Edmonton have been one of the lowest scoring teams this season, a trend many doubt will continue. St. Louis appears to be one of the best balanced teams in the NHL.
Wednesday, November 22nd – Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 221
Did anybody have the New Jersey Devils leading the Metropolitan Division at the beginning of November? Yet there they are, ahead of the pack in the tough Metro. Tonight they host the Bruins, a team that has had some challenges as-of-late, and find themselves fighting to gain a playoff spot in the East.
Thursday, November 23rd – NO GAMES IN THE NHL
The National Hockey League takes on a break on this Thursday to observe Thanksgiving Day.
Friday, November 24th – Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins
1:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
While the Bruins are looking for consistency, so, in a sense are the Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions have given up more goal then they’re accustomed to, and while they’re currently in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, they’re not one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division. On the road for this matinee, the Penguins’ road record has not been impressive to this point.