NHL GAMES OF THE WEEK: SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH TO FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2019

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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning stops a shot from Patrick Marleau #12 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game at Amalie Arena on December 13, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.

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Here are some key games for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio fans this week across the league, including Montreal at Winnipeg, the Leafs at the Islanders, and Dallas at Chicago.

Saturday, March 30th – Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Coming off a huge 6-2 loss in Columbus, the Canadiens’ now have to try to grab an Eastern Conference wildcard berth by beating the likes of Tampa Bay, Washington, Toronto, and tonight the Winnipeg Jets. This is a Jets team that very recently twice gave up a two-goal lead to the Islanders, which dented their hopes of solidifying first place in the Central Division. Translation: Montreal are in tough tonight.

Sunday, March 31st – Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
8:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
A meeting of the two titans in the Pacific Division, it appears the Flames will finish the season in top spot in the bracket. That’s not set in stone, and two points (in regulation time) by the Sharks tonight will cut into that Calgary lead.

Monday, April 1st – Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
Wayward son John Tavares returns to the Island yet again tonight, with 50 goals possibly in his target sights before the season runs out. The last time his Maple Leafs were here, they were dominated by the Islanders in a 6-1 loss. Toronto are pretty much cemented into third spot in the Atlantic Division, which means they’ll face the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As for New York, they could finish first, second, or third, in the tightly wound Metropolitan Division.

Tuesday, April 2nd – Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
The Bruins will finish second in the Atlantic Division, and tonight are in Columbus to face a Blue Jackets team that’s in a dogfight for one of the two Eastern Conference wildcard spots. The prize for earning the final Eastern wildcard slot? A date with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wednesday, April 3rd – St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
8:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM Internet 926
While the Blackhawks won’t be going to the post-season for a second year in a row, there are still some positive stories on this team. Forwards Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat both hit the 40 goal mark, while captain Jonathan Toews turned back the clock while enjoying one of his best seasons. Their rivals, the Blues, are going to the playoffs, after an impressive resurrection that began back in the dead of winter. With time running out on the regular season, it’s still possible for St. Louis to finish first in the tough Central Division.

Thursday, April 4th – Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 91
The last time the Lightning visited Toronto (March 11th), they emerged with an impressive 6-2 win, which only cemented their spot atop the National Hockey League. If the Maple Leafs can upend Boston in the opening round of the playoffs, they’d most likely face the Lightning. So this could serve as a preview of that series…though there’s a long way to go before that happens.

Friday, April 5th – Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
8:30 PM Eastern – SiriusXM 219
They’re going to be in the playoffs, but will it be as a wildcard team, or can the Stars move up the ranks in the Central Division? Tonight’s tilt with the Blackhawks won’t be an easy game, as Chicago has recently beaten the likes of Arizona, Toronto, Colorado, and San Jose.

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