Here are some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league, including Chicago at Calgary, St. Louis at Nashville, and Toronto at Pittsburgh.
Saturday, February 15th – Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames
10:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
One of the pleasant surprises this NHL season has been the Blackhawks, who have been hovering around one of the two Western Conference wildcard spots for months now. Will they make it come the end of the season? It’s going to be tough, and tonight they can help their own cause when they visit Calgary and tangle with a Flames squad that is also ensconced in that Wild West showdown. Calgary are coming off a big 6-0 win over Anaheim.
Sunday, February 16th – St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators
6:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
The back end of a home-and-home, as these two teams met up in St. Louis yesterday afternoon. A so-so past few weeks by the Blues have allowed teams such as Colorado, and Dallas, to close the gap on them in the Central Division. While St. Louis are in no real danger of missing the playoffs, they’d like to kick their game back into gear, and once again face a Predators club that has been searching for consistency all season long. They are close to a Western playoff spot but are going to have to win games such as the one this evening in order to secure a post-season invite.
Monday, February 17th – Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche
9:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Some people have picked this as the 2020 Stanley Cup Final (ahem), but that’s still a long four months away. Until then, we’ll settle for this matchup this evening in Denver. Both teams have been red hot in recent weeks, which has helped both clubs migrate north in the standings in their respective conferences.
Tuesday, February 18th – Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Jack Campbell has been a nice addition in the crease for the Maple Leafs, and that’s allowed them to gain some valuable points, as they try to hold off the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division. As for the Penguins, they recently picked up forward Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild, as GM Jim Rutherford makes another bid for a deep playoff run this spring.
Wednesday, February 19th – Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers
8:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Life without Connor McDavid is not something the Oilers wanted to experience, but experience it they must, as the superstar centre sits on the snowbank for between 2 to 3 weeks, thanks to a left quad injury. The big question is can Edmonton remain in the thick of the crazy Pacific Division playoff race without McDavid? They’ll face a tough test tonight, as the Bruins come to town, involved in their own playoff drama over in the Atlantic Division. The red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning are right on their heels for the top spot in that division.
Thursday, February 20th – Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators
7:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 167
Yeah, the Senators ain’t goin’ anywhere this season, but they can be a tough team to play against, and the visiting Jets need these two points very badly. Winnipeg has overcome a number of obstacles so far this campaign and has recently signed head coach Paul Maurice to a multi-year contract extension. It will be a down-to-the-wire battle to make the post-season cut in the Western Conference for the Jets.
Friday, February 21st – Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
While the Red Wings sit dead last in the National Hockey League, they’ve also beaten the likes of Montreal (three times), and Boston (twice), so the Islanders cannot chalk up the two points for a win without making an effort. And an effort they will make, as the Long Island crew still have designs on top spot in the topsy turvy Metropolitan Division.