Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including the Flames at the Red Wings and the Canadiens visiting the Leafs:
Saturday, February 25th – Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
With the NHL Trade Deadline only four days away, and the playoffs just over a month away, teams are furiously jockeying for position. Two storied rivals meet up in Toronto this evening. The host Maple Leafs are close to a playoff spot, while the visiting Canadiens are trying to hang on to first in the Atlantic Division.
Sunday, February 26th – St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
7:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
One of the better rivalries in the NHL, both the Blues and Blackhawks have designs on going deep in the playoffs come spring. St. Louis has seen better results on the ice since installing Mike Yeo as their head coach. This could very well be a preview of a Central Division opening round playoff series when April rolls around.
Monday, February 27th – Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
These two teams entered the NHL together in time for the 1992-93 season. The Bolts won the Cup in 2004, while the Sens came close in 2007. As for this season, Ottawa is in the running for first place in the Atlantic Division, while the Lightning have been one of the more disappointing teams so far this year. They are still within shot of a wildcard spot, but time is running out.
Tuesday, February 28th – Washington Capitals at New York Rangers
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
We close out the month with this marquee matchup between two of the powers in the tough Metropolitan Division. While Washington are, once again, putting together an impressive regular season, they’ll be ultimately judged by how successful they are in the playoffs. The Caps have been near, or at, the top of the Met for most of the season, while the Rangers have been keeping pace, attempting to pass by the Penguins and Blue Jackets.
Wednesday, March 1st – Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
The NHL Trade Deadline occurs at 3 pm Eastern today, and like every year, expect there to be a bevy of deals before the clock strikes 3. Will there be big names moved? Time will tell. That evening, two of the battleship teams in the NHL meet up in Chicago. The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, while the Blackhawks hoisted the Cup the season before, and are once again one of the powers in the league.
Thursday, March 2nd – Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
10:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
While the Sharks represented the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final last June, they would like to go all the way this time around. San Jose have been leading the Pacific Division for the most of the season. As for the Canucks, most people wrote them off early in the season, then they picked up their game. Vancouver are still in the mix as a dark horse for a Western wildcard spot.
Friday, March 3rd – Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames
8:45 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 222
This most likely will be the season that the Red Wings miss the playoff cut for the first time since the 1989-90 season. If that comes to pass, it’s been an impressive quarter century run, including 4 Stanley Cup championships during that span. Detroit won’t go quietly, and tonight in Calgary would love to mess up the hometown Flames’ playoff aspirations. Calgary missed out on the post-season fun last year, and it appears that the only way in this time around is as a wildcard team.