The Maple Leafs head to Nashville, the Panthers visit Ottawa + more NHL games of the week

NHL Network Radio NHL games of the week

Saturday, March 25th – 10 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers

Two of the top teams in the topsy turvy Pacific Division of the NHL meet up in Northern Alberta this evening for a game that may have a big say in which squad ends up on top of the group by the time all the dust settles. Goaltender Jonathan Quick, long-time Kings’ stalwart, by way of Columbus, appears to have found his A-game in time for the post-season. And who would you start in net for the Oilers come playoff time?

Sunday, March 26th – 6 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators

While the Maple Leafs appear to be cemented in second place in the Atlantic Division, they can’t assume that status is confirmed. The Tampa Bay Lightning are lurking nearby. As for the hometown Predators, they’ve made a late season push to the playoffs, with one of the two Western wildcard slots being the most likely destination if Nashville wishes to play past the middle of April.

Monday, March 27th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators

A couple of weeks ago, the young Senators were the buzz team of the league, with many expecting them to push their way in to a lower echelon Eastern Conference playoff spot. A big loss to the Blackhawks knocked that train off the tracks, and since then, the Sens have been underwhelming. They face a Panthers team that appears to be headed in the opposite direction, which translates to wins, and a real run at one of the two wildcard spots in the East.

Tuesday, March 28th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

Both teams have enjoyed solid seasons, and both teams have played some flat hockey lately. The playoffs aren’t in danger for either squad, but will the ‘Canes hold on to first in the Metropolitan Division, and will the ‘Bolts catch the Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division?

Wednesday, March 29th – 10 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Two of the top teams in the Central Division do battle in the Rockies tonight, with both clubs eyeing first place in that grouping. The Wild have proven there is winning hockey after superstar sniper Kirill Kaprizov was lost to injury. The usually offensively challenged Wild have stepped up, and have filled in the net at an impressive rate. The Avalanche have most of their impressive, Stanley Cup winning roster back, and have been one of the hotter teams in the NHL for the past month.

Thursday, March 30th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils

Is this a preview of a first round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup mere weeks from now? Make it so. And if that’s the case, hockey players have long memories when it comes to rivalries, and this Hudson River rivalry has been rekindled for the first time in recent memory. 

Friday, March 31st – 10 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks

The 2022-23 edition of the Calgary Flames are quickly running out of runway at YYC.  Tonight they’re at YVR, taking on a Canucks team that has had to content with their own myriad of soap opera drama this season. Since the Winnipeg Jets, and the Nashville Predators, haven’t put together impressive wins streaks as-of-yet, the Flames are still in this thing. Vancouver have recently taken points away from teams who probably took the Canucks a tad too lightly.