NHL Games of the Week: Saturday, March 19 – Friday, March 25th

NHL Games of the Week
AMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 09: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) looks for the pass the deflect infant of the Carolina Hurricanes net during the NHL Hockey match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes on November 9th, 2021 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.
Saturday, March 19th – 4 pm ET

Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights

It hasn’t been pretty recently for the not so Golden Knights, who are in real danger of missing the playoff cut in the Western Conference.  Tonight, they welcome in a young Kings team that most expect will grab one of the top three slots in the Pacific Division.

Sunday, March 20th – 7 pm ET

Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks

This game is all about the Jets, and their late season push to the playoffs in the West.  Standing in their way this evening are the hometown Blackhawks, who have played well enough to make life tough for teams that have designs on playing hockey in the month of May.

Monday, March 21st – 7 pm ET

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 pm Eastern this Monday, and it’s always

Interesting to see which players are suddenly donning new uniforms. The two teams in action this evening are age old rivals, who usually produce a good hockey game.  The Bruins are headed for the playoffs, and now it’s all about where in the standings they finish.  The Canadiens have played better hockey since Martin St. Louis became head coach, but the post-season is not in the cards this time around.

Tuesday, March 22nd – 7 pm ET

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

Two battleship teams go at it this evening in Raleigh, and it could be a preview of a future playoff series this spring.  The Canes have seemingly been sitting in first place in the tough Metropolitan Division for months now, while the Lightning are in the midst of a dogfight with the Florida Panthers for top stop in the Atlantic Division.

Wednesday, March 23rd – 9:30 pm ET

Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche

Can the Canucks qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring?  They have made a real run at it, and this evening have to keep that momentum going when they visit the home of the powerhouse Avalanche.  Colorado has already made moves to shore up their lineup for an elongated playoff run this spring.

Thursday, March 24th – 10 pm ET

Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights

While the Golden Knights have hit a bit of a rough patch recently, the Predators are also fighting tooth and nail to gain admittance into the 2022 post-season.  They surprised many hockey observers by being a force early on in the contentious Central Division, but have leveled off a bit, though they are still very much in the playoff mix.

Friday, March 25th – 7 pm ET

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers

It’s a Metropolitan Division battle on this Friday night, as the Rangers play host to the Penguins.  Both teams appear locks to finish somewhere in the top three in the Metro, though the Washington Capitals may have something to say about that.  Both the Rangers and Pens have featured more than solid goaltending this season, and this may very well be a preview of a first-round playoff matchup this May.