It’s a big weekend for hockey in the Great White North, as this Saturday is the annual Hockey Day in Canada. However, there is plenty of hockey on this side of the border as well. There are eight games on Saturday and, with the NFL out of the way, eight games on Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the action.
Saturday’s games opens up with a 12:30 Eastern matinee in Washington with the Capitals taking on the Kings. That’s an exciting matchup to start things off. Hockey Day in Canada begins with Edmonton versus Ottawa, which is, to say the least, not an enticing matchup. Well, at least Toronto and Montreal are next up, and even if the Leafs aren’t that good, this rivalry is always worth watching. The last game of the day, and of this Canadian celebration, sees Vancouver taking on Calgary. There’s a ton of other hockey stuff going on in Canada, but for most fans that tripleheader is the crux of the action. It hasn’t been a good season for Canadian teams, but I’m sure Canadian hockey fans will still enjoy Saturday.
Carolina against Tampa Bay, Chicago against Phoenix, and Colorado against Nashville are all games worth watching as well. Speaking of the Avalanche, Peter Forsberg makes his debut tonight, and if he makes it through that game, he gets to make his glorious return to Nashville to face Mike Fisher in his Predators debut.
Sunday’s NHL on NBC game sees Detroit hosting Boston in the second game of a home and home (the first game is tonight). Classic matchup right there, with two Stanley Cup contenders to boot. There are a lot of afternoon games on Sunday, with only one game (Anaheim at Edmonton) starting after 5:00 PM Eastern. The Penguins facing the Rangers looks good, even with the injuries Pittsburgh has suffered, although the Kings taking on the Flyers is the second best game of the day on paper. Carolina against Atlanta is not without its charms as well.
We’re headed toward the trade deadline while teams close in on their 60th games as well. That means the season is close to being three quarters of the way done. It’s been a fine season so far, and this weekend will hopefully bring us more tremendous NHL action. Enjoy!