ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 17: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders battles during the game against Ben Street #46 and the Anaheim Ducks on October 17, 2018 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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Some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league leading into the All-Star Break, including the Ducks at the Islanders, Nashville at Colorado, and Washington at Toronto.

Saturday, January 19th – San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 218

While it often seems like the Lightning never lose, they did fall 4-2 to Toronto recently, though their commanding lead in the Atlantic Division remains in place.  Tonight they host the San Jose Sharks, who have played great hockey ever since defenceman Erik Karlsson found his game again.

Sunday, January 20th – Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders
3:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 219

One can make the case the New York Islanders are the story of the year in the NHL.  They are contending for first place in the Metropolitan Division, and this evening play host to a Ducks team that recently put an end to a lengthy winless streak.

Monday, January 21st – Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche
3:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

Two of the battleship teams in the Western Conference, the Predators and Avalanche clash tonight in Denver.  While Nashville still has designs on first place in the division, Colorado are in a dogfight for a playoff berth in the West.

Tuesday, January 22nd – New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks
8:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 218

We know the Islanders have been a pleasant surprise this season, their first under head coach Barry Trotz.  Not the same script for the Blackhawks, who fired their head coach early on, with very little to show for it since.  Nonetheless, with roughly 30 games remaining in the regular season, Chicago aren’t that far away from the final Western wild card spot.  Trouble is, there’s a traffic jam of teams between them and that final invite.

Wednesday, January 23rd – Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91

The defending Stanley Cup Champions roll into Toronto to clash with the Maple Leafs on this Wednesday evening.  Depending on how things unfold, this could be a preview of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final.  Caps’ sniper Alexander Ovechkin always seems to play well on Toronto ice.  This is the final night of NHL action until Monday, as the league pauses for the All-Star break.

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