Mick Kern from NHL Network Radio here. We’re running down the must-hear NHL games of the week, including Pittsburgh at Vancouver and the Bruins at the Rangers:
Saturday, November 4th – Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks
9:35 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
Who had the Canucks actually contending for a Pacific Division playoff spot this season? Yet one month into the 2017-18 regular season, that’s exactly what they are doing. Is it sustainable? Tonight’s test against the defending Stanley Cup champions will help in determining that answer. The Penguins can still light the lamp, but they’ve also allowed more goal that they’re accustomed to.
Sunday, November 5th – Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
After being swept by Nashville in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs this past spring, the Blackhawks are looking to right the ship. Tonight they host the Canadiens, a team that stumbled out of the gates, largely due to a chronic inability to score. Recently, Montreal has found the back of the net with a little more frequency. And when will goaltender Carey Price play like Carey Price again?
Monday, November 6th – Vegas Golden Knights at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 167
After going an impressive 8-and-1 in their first 9 games, the expansion Golden Knights hit the road for their first ever Eastern swing. They dropped the first three, and one of their remaining games on the trip brings them to Toronto to face a Maple Leafs team that also got off to a blistering start, but have levelled off a bit recently.
Tuesday, November 7th – Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks
9:45 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
The Kings are off to an impressive start to the season, and that has them ahead of the rival Ducks in the Pacific Division standings. Anaheim have been hampered by a number of injuries, but are still in the early playoff picture in the West.
Wednesday, November 8th – Boston Bruins at New York Rangers
8:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
Both of these two old rivals can play better, particularly the Rangers, who find themselves lingering near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. New York has been particularly ineffective on the road, so they’re happy to be on home ice this evening.
Thursday, November 9th – Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings
10:30 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 219
This would make for an intriguing Stanley Cup Final come the month of June. A long way before any of that comes to pass, so sit back on enjoy this November matchup between two of the top teams in the National Hockey League. Pretty much everyone picked the Lightning to be one of the marquee teams this season, but the Kings have been a pleasant surprise.
Friday, November 10th – Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals
7:00 PM Eastern – Sirius XM 91
You are pretty much guaranteed an interesting evening when these two rivals meet up. The Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, while the Capitals haven’t been to the Stanley Cup Final since 1998. Regardless, pretty much every year both these teams are mentioned in the relatively short list of legitimate Cup contenders, though many have understandably grown impatient waiting for the Caps to go on a long playoff run.