NHL Games of the Week: Saturday, April 16 – Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 16th – 4 pm ET
Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers
With the sand running out rapidly on the 2021-22 NHL regular season, there are still a lot of things to be decided. Will the suddenly healthier Golden Knights be able to shoehorn themselves into the post-season? Will the Oilers retain second place in the topsy-turvy Pacific Division?
Sunday, April 17th – 1 pm ET
Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings
While better days are in the distance for the Red Wings, they do have some impressive young players that hint at those better days. For the Panthers, it’s all about now. They’ve been one of the top teams all season and will look to enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs firing on all cylinders.
Monday, Monday, April 18th – 9 pm ET
Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche have a lot to prove to themselves, and to the hockey world when the post-season gets underway. Is this the year the loaded Avs make it to at least the Stanley Cup Final? The Capitals won it all in 2018, and aren’t considered front runners for the Cup this time around, but they won’t be an easy out either.
Tuesday, April 19th – 7 pm ET
Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s been a trying season for the Flyers, who have used the last quarter of the season to audition some of the young talents in their system. It’s a completely different reality for the Maple Leafs, who have been one of the top teams all season long, and feature the league’s leading sniper in Auston Matthews, but it’ll all be for naught if they come up short yet again in the first round of the playoffs.
Wednesday, April 20th – 8:30 pm ET
Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
While the Oilers look to solidify their hold on second place in the Pacific Division, the Stars are looking to ward off any contenders for one of the two Western wildcard slots. Odds are they won’t make the leap into one of the top three slots in the tough Central Division.
Thursday, April 21st – 7 pm ET
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
Both of these teams were considered too old by some observers when play began back in October, but here they are, ready to enter the 2022 NHL post-season. How far can they go? As usual, goaltending will be under the microscope, as it is an unproven playoff commodity for both the Penguins and Bruins. Both teams feature game-breakers, so they will not be easy opponents.
Friday, April 22nd – 7:00 pm Eastern SiriusXM 91
Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets
A battle of two teams who’ll sit out the upcoming spring tournament, but they’ll expect to be more in the mix next season. Columbus can score, but their team defence needs work. Ottawa has been stingier in the Team D department but needs to score more. Works in progress.