Florida Panthers’ Matthew Tkachuk returns to Calgary to face his old team

Matthew Tkachuk
SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Florida Panthers waits for a tip in attempt in front of goaltender Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Calgary Flames at the FLA Live Arena on November 19, 2022 in Sunrise, Florida.
Saturday, November 26th – 4 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Calgary Flames at Carolina Hurricanes

Up to this point, the Hurricanes have lived up to their pre-season expectations, sitting right smack dab in the middle of the crowded race for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. The same was expected of the Flames in the Pacific Division, but uneven play to this point has Calgary fighting instead just to stay close to the top three teams in the division.

Sunday, November 27th – 10:30 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings

It’s been a good first quarter of the season for the Kings, who tonight face a Senators team that has been one of the big disappointments to this juncture in the campaign. Ottawa loaded up in the summer, but those additions have failed to translate to points, and they find themselves living life in the lower echelons of the Eastern Conference.

Monday, November 28th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers

Has there been a bigger surprise, a more pleasant story so far, than the young, exciting New Jersey Devils? They are fast, they are committed to team defence, and they are loaded with top-notch talent who like to fill the net with pucks. That’s why a quarter of the way through the 2022-23 NHL regular season, you’ll find New Jersey at, or near, the top of the Metropolitan standings. As for the Rangers, after last season’s progress, some New York fans are worried that the team has regressed somewhat, but they still have one of the best goaltenders on the planet, and there have been recent signs the Broadway Blueshirts are rounding into form.

Tuesday, November 29th – 9 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames

This one has been circled on the calendar for months now; the return to Southern Alberta of forward Matthew Tkachuk. These two teams met up in South Florida back on November 19th, with the Flames emerging with the 5-4 win via the shootout. Now the shootout moves to Cowtown, and the Calgary faithful will have a much-anticipated opportunity to serenade their prodigal son. The next time these two teams meet up this season? It would have to happen in the Stanley Cup Final.

Wednesday, November 30th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
San Jose Sharks at Toronto Maple Leafs

Defenceman Erik Karlsson looks like the EK of old, with an impressive amount of points a quarter of the way through the season. While the Sharks are not expected to make a playoff push this time around, it’s all about building for the future. Will Karlsson be a part of that future, or will his hefty contract be dealt with before the trade deadline? The Maple Leafs need some help on the blue line, but that contract…

Thursday, December 1st – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers

 Looks like the Lightning are back after what was a slow start for them. Tonight, they’re in Philly to clash with a Flyers team that appears to be headed in the opposite direction after a surprisingly good start.

Friday, December 2nd – 8 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets

The Jets have served notice to the league that last year was an aberration, and the boys from Manitoba are back in the thick of things. On the other hand, the Blue Jackets have been one of the bigger letdowns so far in the NHL, and don’t want to fall too far out of the post-season race in a competitive Eastern Conference.