NHL Games of the Week: Saturday, April 23 – Friday, April 29
Saturday, April 23rd – 7 pm ET
Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers
Two of the battleship NHL teams that patrol the choppy waters of the Atlantic Division exchange fire this evening in Sunrise. Both teams most likely will end up with home-ice advantage in the opening round of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. Will this be a preview of Round Two?
Sunday, April 24th – 10 pm ET
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
They left it late (mainly thanks to injuries to key players), but the Golden Knights are trying to get into the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the last moment. Every game now is a must-win for the Knights, who haven’t missed the post-season cut since joining the NHL back in 2017.
Monday, April 25th – 8 pm ET
Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
The only game in town this evening features two teams that have been eliminated from the race to make the playoffs this time around. And both teams can be called disappointments, as many expected the Flyers to be in the thick of the Eastern Conference wildcard race, while more than a few people picked the Blackhawks to challenge for a similar spot in the West. It’s all about next season at this point.
Tuesday, April 26th – 7 pm ET
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
Ladies and Gentlemen…your attention please to the centre of the ring, as the two heavyweight contenders from the tough Metropolitan Division duke it out for divisional superiority! Two weeks ago, it was the ‘Canes that took down the Rangers, and 14 days later they meet up yet again at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Carolina has been occupying the top rung of this division seemingly from day one, yet the upstart young Rangers have turned this into a two-team race. Either way, pending an unforeseen disaster, both these teams will enjoy home-ice advantage in the first round of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. The question is, who takes first place? The other question is, is this a preview of a second-round tilt?
Wednesday, April 27th – 10 pm ET
Los Angeles Kings at Seattle Kraken
The Kraken are winding down their inaugural NHL season, with eyes on the future. The Kings are in the midst of a chase for a Western playoff spot. Will they finish 3rd in the Pacific Division? Can they hold off Vegas? Can they catch Edmonton? Two big points are available for Los Angeles this evening.
Thursday, April 28th – 7 pm ET
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins
While the Sabres won’t be playing past the end of the regular season yet again (they haven’t been in the playoffs since the spring of 2011), the future certainly looks promising. Tonight, they are in Boston, to face a Bruins team that will be participating in the post-season, though which team they’re going to face in the first round has been a moving target.
Friday, April 29th – 7 pm ET
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
After hosting the Sabres, the Bruins make the short flight to Toronto and tangle with a Maple Leafs’ team that appears to be cemented into second place in the contentious Atlantic Division. Both these teams believe they can go deep in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a game like tonight offers up a preview, and a warm-up, for such competition.