NHL Games of the Week: Saturday, January 24th to Saturday, February 1st 2020

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 23: Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) battles Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart (23) during third period National Hockey League action between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on December 23, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 23: Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) battles Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart (23) during third period National Hockey League action between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on December 23, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here are some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league, including the All-Star Game, Ottawa at Buffalo, and Calgary at Edmonton.

Saturday, January 25th – NHL All-Star Game from St. Louis
8:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

The annual NHL All-Star Game goes this evening from St. Louis, and once again the four NHL Conferences battle each other in a three-on-three tournament.

Sunday, January 26th – NO GAMES – NHL ALL-STAR BREAK

Monday, January 27th – St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks
10:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

The defending Stanley Cup champions begin the unofficial second half of the regular season with a game in Vancouver, facing a Canucks team that has surprised a lot of people.  The young Vancouver squad was expected to challenge for a Western Conference playoff spot, but here in late January, find themselves in the dogfight for the top spot in the Pacific Division.  As for the Blues?  They appear to have the top spot in the tough Central Division all locked up.

Tuesday, January 28th – Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

The way things are trending, both of these teams will not make the playoff cut in the Eastern Conference.  The Sabres are closer to daylight than the Senators are, but need to start collecting two points on a regular basis if they have any hope of gaining at least an Eastern wildcard.  Regardless of what happens the rest of the way this season, both Buffalo and Ottawa have better days not all that far ahead of them.

Wednesday, January 29th – Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers
10:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

As of the All-Star break, these two old Wild Rose Country foes would meet up in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that would be a must-watch series.  Add in the fact these two teams meet up again this Saturday in Edmonton…and that on-going plotline involving Matthew Tkachuk, and you have all the  makings of a reboot of a classic hockey rivalry.

Thursday, January 30th – Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

Can the Canadiens make a late charge for an Eastern Conference playoff spot this spring?  Sure they can.  Will they make a late charge for that spot?  Doubtful.  Injuries have played a role in the most underwhelming season the Habs have had, but that didn’t hobble the likes of the Penguins, or Bruins.  But they are deeper teams.  Will Montreal be sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline?  Stay tuned.

Friday, January 31st – Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

While it’s pretty much guaranteed that these two state rivals will deliver the goods whenever they face off against each other, this time around it means even more.  The Penguins have managed to shrug off a number of key injuries, and are chasing the Washington Capitals for first place in the highly combustible Metropolitan Division.  The Flyers are not that far behind the Pens and emerge from the NHL All-Star Break engaged in a pitched battle for an Eastern Conference wildcard spot.

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