Two Western Conference battleship teams tangle, and more NHL Games of the Week

NHL Games of the Week
Los Angeles, CA - October 11:Avalanche's Devon Toews, #7, shoots out as Kings Trevor Moore, #12, defends on the play during first period action at Arena Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

Two battleship teams in the Western Conference meet on the West Coast this Sunday evening. You can hear that game and other NHL Games of the Week on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

Saturday, December 2nd – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

These two old foes go at it on a Saturday night, a possible playoff matchup this upcoming spring. The Bruins have jumped to an impressive lead in the Atlantic Division, though they’ve recently gone cold. The Maple Leafs are not far off the pace but are still looking for overall consistency in their game.

Sunday, December 3rd – 8 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings

Two of the battleship teams in the Western Conference meet up on the West Coast this Sunday evening.  The Kings are in a three-way battle (with Vegas & Vancouver) for the top spot in the Pacific Division, while the Avalanche find themselves in a similar fight in the Central Division.

Monday, December 4th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers

The Battle of the Keystone State features a team performing above expectations (the Flyers) and a team that has been inconsistent since the drop of the puck back in early October (the Penguins). Pittsburgh find themselves in the thick of the frenzied playoff face in the Eastern Conference, and either a lengthy winning or losing streak will have tangible consequences on the standings, even at this relatively early juncture in the regular season. But don’t think it’s early…the NHL recently passed the quarter-mark of the regular season.

Tuesday, December 5th – 10 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
New Jersey Devils at Vancouver Canucks

While the Canucks’ sizzling start has been a pleasant surprise in the Western Conference, the same cannot be said for the Devils over in the East. New Jersey were expected to do big things this season, including challenging for first place in the tough Metropolitan Division. A quarter of the way through the 2023-24 campaign, the Devils have had to contend with injuries to their top players and a suddenly porous team defence.

Wednesday, December 6th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning

With the return to the lineup of future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning appear poised to move up the standings in the Eastern Conference. The Bolts have stayed above .500 without their star netminder and are still loaded with game-changing players on their roster. Forward Nikita Kucherov is having yet another outstanding season.

Thursday, December 7th – 9 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames

Have the Flames found their game? Have the Canes found their game? Both teams have underperformed in the first quarter of the NHL season, though in Calgary’s case, that has them out of a playoff spot in the not-so-wild, wild West. Carolina was tabbed by many to claim the top spot in the tough Metropolitan Division. The red-hot New York Rangers are currently running away with that crown, but the Hurricanes are in a battle for second spot in that division.

Friday, December 8th – 9 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers

Have the Oilers found their game? And what happened to the Wild’s game? Realms and realms of copy have been written about the poor start to the season by Edmonton, their goaltending troubles, and their team’s defensive struggles. Their top-scoring star wasn’t scoring…until recently. A quarter of the way into the season, one solid winning streak would catapult the Oil back into the post-season discussion. That’s how ineffectual many teams in the Western Conference have been so far. For example, the Wild. Team management has called out players for perceived lack of effort. Minnesota had only 5 wins in their first 14 games. It cost Dean Evanson his job as Minny head coach.