Winnipeg travel to Boston + more NHL Games of the Week

NHL Games of the Week
WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Alex Iafallo #9 of the Winnipeg Jets releases a shot towards goaltender Jeremy Swayman #1 of the Boston Bruins during third period action at Canada Life Centre on December 22, 2023 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

This week’s NHL Games of the Week includes a match-up that would make for an excellent Stanley Cup final. You can hear all the action on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

Saturday, January 20th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks

Always a (divided) full house when the Maple Leafs visit Vancouver, and this time around, the Canucks are one of the top teams in the league. They face a visiting Toronto squad that has been criticized recently for a perceived lack of effort in a spate of losses on home ice and the inability to hold a lead.

Sunday, January 21st – 1 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings

Halfway through the season, the Red Wings are in the thick of the race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. It’s a real traffic jam, and the teams involved in the battle could finish as high as second or third spot in their respective divisions…or find themselves just outside, looking in as the post-season gets underway in mid-April. The Senators are not one of those teams, as they’ve had a disappointing season to date, which has had them residing in the Eastern basement for the past few months.

Monday, January 22nd – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins

This would make for a great NHL Stanley Cup Final, but we are way ahead of ourselves. Winnipeg are one of the hottest teams in the entire league, which has them either at or near the top of the overall league standings. They visit a Bruins’ squad that’s led the Atlantic Division for most of the first half of this season, though the Florida Panthers are challenging them for Atlantic supremacy.

Tuesday, January 23rd – 9 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers

A tale of two teams, as the 2023-24 season has not been kind, so far, to the Blue Jackets. While an Eastern Conference playoff spot may have been a bit of a stretch this time around, they have been a disappointment and find themselves down in the depths of the East with the likes of the equally underachieving Ottawa Senators. The Oilers are a different story; a particularly bad start, a head coaching change, and a number of lengthy win streaks has landed Edmonton smack dab in the middle of the Western Conference post-season dogfight. The recent poor play of the Los Angeles Kings has allowed the Oil to creep back to within spitting distance of third place in the Pacific Division.

Wednesday, January 24th – 10:30 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Buffalo Sabres at Los Angeles Kings

Those L.A. Kings have not played up to their potential recently, and that has allowed a team such as Edmonton to close the gap in the Pacific. Thankfully, the Vegas Golden Knights have also underperformed as of late, so the Kings are still in the mix for one of the top three spots in the division. Tonight, they tangle with a visiting Sabres team that (like Ottawa and Columbus) has not lived up to pre-season billing. If anything, Buffalo may be the most disappointing team so far this season.

Thursday, January 25th – 9 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers

The rebuilding Blackhawks continue to live life without rookie phenom Connor Bedard, who was lost to injury a couple of weeks ago. He is hopefully expected to return at some point this season and is already skating. The NHL playoffs are not in the equation this time around for Chicago, though tonight they face an Oilers team who have completely turned their season around.

Friday, January 26th – 7 pm Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers

Both these NHL teams have designs on top spot in their respective divisions, and both teams haven’t played their best hockey as-of-late.  Vegas have to hold off the hard-charging Oilers, while the Rangers have to hold off the resurgent Carolina Hurricanes and the surprising Philadelphia Flyers.