Some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league include Montreal at Vancouver, Winnipeg at Calgary, and Toronto at Columbus.
Saturday, November 17th – Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
11 games on a Saturday, including this matchup of two of the surprise teams of the first part of the season. Not many people expected either the Habs or Canucks to be in the playoffs mix, but that is where they are at the halfway mark of November. Montreal are on a Western road swing, and are a fast team to face. They were humbled 6-2 by Edmonton to begin that trip. Vancouver boasts a bevy of exciting, young players.
Sunday, November 18th – Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks
6:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 219
A quarter of the way into the 2018-19 NHL season, life has not been good for the Blackhawks. They have a new head coach, but that change behind the bench has not translated into a bevy of wins, yet. As for the Wild, life is pretty good so far, as they find themselves near the front of the race for top spot in the tough Central Division.
Monday, November 19th – Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 218
While the Sabres have been a pleasant surprise in the Eastern Conference, much more is expected from the Penguins. They can still light the lamp, seemingly at will, but are looking for more consistency in their game.
Tuesday, November 20th – Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks
10:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Are they a playoff team, or are they destined to struggle, yet again, to grab one of the two Western Conference playoff spots? We’re talking about the Edmonton Oilers, who have been maddeningly inconsistent so far this season. They’re not that far behind the Sharks, who have been the class of the Pacific Division for most of the season.
Wednesday, November 21st – Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames
10:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Put your hand up if you think the Jets will finally get to the Stanley Cup Final this June. If you did, you’re not alone, though it’ll be quite the accomplishment just to get there. The Flames would be in that discussion, but their inconsistent goaltending has held them back.
Thursday, November 22nd – NO GAMES SCHEDULED
Happy Thanksgiving, as the NHL takes a break for the holiday south of the border.
Friday, November 23rd – Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
In what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Final later this spring, the Leafs and Jackets meet up in Columbus this evening. Both teams have their eye on first place in their respective divisions.