Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including Pittsburgh at Winnipeg and Toronto at Los Angeles:
Saturday, October 28th – Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 220
These two teams have waged some spirited battles over the years, regardless of where they sit in the standings. This time around, the Maple Leafs are one of the top teams in the league, while the Flyers continue their push to make the playoffs, after missing the cut last season.
Sunday, October 29th – Pittsburgh Penguins at Winnipeg Jets
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
While the Penguins have won the past two NHL Stanley Cups, the Jets are still trying to find their identity, and hope that includes being a playoff team. Early into this season, Winnipeg still need to improve their goals against in order to be occupying a post-season spot come mid-April.
Monday, October 30th – Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues
7:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 211
Did really anybody outside of diehard Kings’ fan expect Los Angeles to be this good? While it’s still early, the Kings have been impressive, finally losing in regulation time last week. The Blues have kept pace with the Kings, also racking up victories out of the gate. Could this be a very early preview of the 2018 Western Conference Final?
Tuesday, October 31st – Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
The expansion Golden Knights surprised most people by winning 7 of their first 8 games, but the true test comes during this Eastern road swing, including this Hallowe’en night matchup against the struggling Rangers. It has truly been a season of horrors for the Broadway Blueshirts, who have won only 3 of their first 11 games.
Wednesday, November 1st – Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
While the Flyers try to claw their way back into the playoffs, the Blackhawks have unfinished business to attend to. Picked by many to win their fourth Cup in the past decade this past spring, instead Chicago was swept aside in the first round by Nashville. So has the Stanley Cup window closed on this edition of the ‘Hawks? If the first 10 games are any indication, Chicago are still a force to be reckoned with.
Thursday, November 2nd – Toronto Maple Leafs at Los Angeles Kings
10:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
They met in an infamous Western Conference Final series that went 7 games back in 1993. If the Kings and Maple Leafs were to meet up in the playoffs again, it would be in the Stanley Cup Final. And while we have a whole lot of hockey to play between now and then, both of these teams have looked impressive early on.
Friday, November 3rd – New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers
9:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
Devils’ forward Taylor Hall returns to the city where he plied his trade for 6 seasons, before the big trade in June of 2016. The 2010 first overall draft pick left an Oilers team that were finally realizing their vast potential, and joined a Devils squad who were in the midst of a rebuild. You wouldn’t know it by glancing at the standings for this season. The Oilers have been one of the league’s most disappointing teams, while the Devils set the pace early on in the tough Metropolitan Division.