Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including Dallas at Carolina and the Blues at the Oilers:
Saturday, November 11th – Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 167
After a hot start, the Maple Leafs cooled down somewhat as they entered the month of November. They’re still expected to challenge the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic Division. What about the Bruins, who also reside in the division? Early on, they had some challenges scoring, though team defense was as solid as ever.
Sunday, November 12th – San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
10:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Always a good game when these two Golden State rivals meet up on ice. The Kings are one of the early powerhouses in the league, while the Sharks are holding their own in the Pacific Division. The Kings have been pretty much unbeatable at home.
Monday, November 13th – Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Two of the pre-season darlings of the prognostication crowd, how have the Canes and Stars actually fared so far? Carolina has not lived up to the pre-season hype, finding themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Dallas have done better to this point, finding themselves right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
Tuesday, November 14th – Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets
7:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 223
The original Winnipeg Jets return to the Manitoba capital to face the current Jets. The new Jets are doing fine, after a so-so start to the season. The Coyotes have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NHL to this point. While not a lot of observers had them tabbed for a 2018 playoff spot, they were expected to take giant strides forward thanks to all the young talent on their roster. This has not as-of-yet happened, and Arizona find themselves in the basement in the Western Conference.
Wednesday, November 15th – New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
A slow start for the Broadway Blueshirts had Rangers’ fans calling for head coach Alain Vigneault’s head. Funny how things can change in the course of a week. New York has played better hockey as of late, and are trying to keep from falling too far behind in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Similar situation for the Blackhawks, who are still a talented team, but are not necessarily a lock to make the post-season in the West. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford has been stingy recently, and was named NHL Player of the Week on November 6th.
Thursday, November 16th – St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers
9:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 167
What has happened to the Edmonton Oilers? 8th in league scoring, and 8th in overall points last season, the Oil began November with only the disappointing Arizona Coyotes keeping them out of the Western Conference basement. It’s been the opposite for the Blues, who have been consistent, and consistently good, since the season began a month ago. St. Louis have led the tough Central Division almost from day one, with an impressive record both at home and on the road.
Friday, November 17th – New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Is this the season that the Columbus Blue Jackets finally put together a deep playoff run? Still five months before the post-season gets underway, but so far the Jackets have impressed with their game. They host the Rangers tonight, a team that got off to a slow start this season, but have played better as of late. Last week, the Rangers edged the Blue Jackets 5-3 in New York.