Here are some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league, including Vancouver at San Jose, Buffalo at Toronto, and Montreal at Calgary.
Saturday, December 14th – Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
10:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
With a recent change to their entire coaching staff, the Sharks are looking to change their fortunes and get back into the playoff race in the Pacific Division. The Canucks are in the midst of that dogfight, close to one of the top three Pacific spots, and to one of the two Western wildcard slots. This is an important game, even though it’s just mid-December.
Sunday, December 15th – Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets
5:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Many thought the Jets would be hobbled by a decimated D corp, but they’ve proven the doubters wrong. Goaltender Connor Hellebucyk has been outstanding between the pipes for Winnipeg. They face a Flyers team that has been lights out at home, though tonight they’re on the road. Philly’s path to the playoffs may be an Eastern wildcard.
Monday, December 16th – Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
8:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 219
The defending Stanley Cup champions play host to one of the contenders to the throne, as the Blues and Avalanche meet up in St. Louis tonight. Colorado has had to contend with a plethora of injuries to key players, but have kept up their winning ways. The Blues continue to roll along, leading the tough Central Division for most of the season.
Tuesday, December 17th – Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Always a good matchup when these two teams meet up. The Sabres, led by superstar forward Jack Eichel, don’t appear to be going away in the Atlantic Division, and right now it appears the only path to the post-season for Atlantic teams is in the division. The two wildcards appear to be the property of Metropolitan Division teams. All this means the Maple Leafs need to get going, in order to grab one of those three Atlantic spots.
Wednesday, December 18th – Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues
8:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 219
A good test for the Oilers this evening, as they face the Blues in St. Louis. While secondary scoring is a challenge for most NHL teams, it’s of particular concern for Edmonton. Yet they continue to reside in the top three in the Pacific Division.
Thursday, December 19th – Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames
9:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Boy, the Flames have been, yes, red hot ever since the coaching change. Geoff Ward has this team playing like they did for most of last season, and they have their eyes on first place in the Pacific Division. As for the visiting Canadiens, they may indeed play boring hockey (as Mario Lemieux recently stated), but they’re a team that’ll take two points from you if all hands are on deck.
Friday, December 20th – Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 220
Having had to change their head coach suddenly was a shock to the Dallas Stars, but this team has already been through a lot in the first half of this season. They continue to roll, though they’re much better on home ice than away. Tonight they’re in Sunrise, taking on a Panthers squad that is battling for one of the three available Atlantic Division playoff invites.