Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including Edmonton at Calgary and Toronto visiting Boston:
Saturday, January 21st – Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames
10:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Another busy Saturday in the NHL, including this matchup between two old rivals. The BattlNHL Games of the Week: Saturday, January 21st to Friday, January 27the of Alberta was red hot during the 1980’s, but it’s been heating up again as of late. For the first time in recent memory, the Oilers were in a playoff spot as we flipped the calendar. The Flames are also in that mix, fighting for a Western Conference wildcard spot.
Sunday, January 22nd – Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 220
The Wild recently ran off a 12 game winning streak, and they’ve continued their winning ways. That’s put them in the driver’s seat in the tough Central Division. The Wild can win at home, they can win on the road. As for the Predators, life has been better on home ice so far this season. They’ve spent most of the campaign chasing a wildcard spot, and PK Subban is coming back!
Monday, January 23rd – Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 220
The NHL is a league of streaks, and nobody has been hotter these days than the Washington Capitals. A recent 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins halted a long win streak, but that streak catapulted the Caps to the top of the very tough Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have been a pleasant surprise this season, and they are in the discussion for an Eastern playoff spot.
Tuesday, January 24th – St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins
6:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 221
Before the season began, many pegged this to be the matchup for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. That may still happen, though no doubt St. Louis fans would like to see a little more consistency out of their team. Both the Penguins and the Blues fare better at home than on the road. The struggles of goaltender Jake Allen continue, much to the consternation of St. Louis fans.
Wednesday, January 25th – Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
They met outdoors in Toronto to begin the New Year, and since then, the young Maple Leafs have made a case that they’re a playoff team this season, not in the near future. Time will tell, but Toronto is no longer an automatic two points for the other team. As for the Red Wings, most observers expect their impressive playoff streak to come to an end this April, though they are not that far off the pace in the Eastern Conference.
Thursday, January 26th – Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks
8:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 206
A ton of action across the league on the night before the All-Star Break, including the Jets and Blackhawks in Chicago, which is always a great game to watch. Chicago are once again in the mix for first place in the Central Division. It’s the other way around for Winnipeg, who have been a bit of a disappointment so far this season. They’re in danger of missing the playoff cut yet again.
Friday, January 27th – NO NHL GAMES THIS EVENING DUE TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK