Oct 22, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT
If you choose only one day to follow hockey this week (boo), then tonight should be your night. Saturday, Oct. 22 ranks as one of the busiest days of the 2011-12 season. We’ll have meatier stuff for many of these games, but let’s take a lightning fast look at the 14 contests on the docket.
Minnesota at Vancouver - 4 pm ET
Nashville at Calgary - 4 pm ET
The Flames have gone 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against the Predators; Pekka Rinne hopes to beat them for the first time tonight.
Columbus at Ottawa - 7 pm ET
Buffalo at Tampa Bay - 7 pm ET
If goals against average is a stat in your fantasy league, you might want to sit goalies from both teams.
St. Louis at Philadelphia - 7 pm ET
The Flyers should come out angry after that loss to Washington, which might be fatal for a Blues team facing back-to-back games.
New Jersey at Pittsburgh - 7 pm ET
The Devils are quietly shaping up to be a contender in the Atlantic again, but we’ll see how they’ll fare against the busy Penguins, who will play their 10th game of the season.
San Jose at Boston - 7 pm ET
Seriously, Jumbo Joe couldn’t have feigned and injury to make his 1,000th game against the Bruins instead? So selfish.
Toronto at Montreal - 7 pm ET
The Canadiens are one of two East teams without a win at home; the Rangers haven’t even played at MSG yet, though.
Detroit at Washington - 7 pm ET
No doubt about it, this is tonight’s marquee matchup.
Carolina at Winnipeg - 7 pm ET
My instinct is to say this a good chance for Winnipeg to turn their gloomy situation around, but the Hurricanes are 8-1-1 in their last 10 against the Thrashers/Jets.
NY Islanders at Florida - 7:30 pm ET
The Panthers have been shutout two games in a row, but maybe they can get it together against the team they shutout to begin the season.
Colorado at Chicago - 8:30 pm ET
All five of the Avalanche’s wins have come on the road so far this season, but they’ll have to best a team that flattened them recently to reach number six.
NY Rangers at Edmonton - 10 pm ET
Forgive Glen Sather if he daydreams for a second while watching an Oilers team full of young talent on the other side of the ice.
Dallas at Los Angeles - 10:30 pm ET
The Stars face a high-end Pacific Division test for the second night in a row; if they manage to win this one, it might be time to take them seriously.
- Evander Kane: I know I can score 50 goals 0
- ‘C’-less Thornton comes out swing against Wilson’s ‘tomorrow team’ talk 8
- Joe Sakic’s now general manager in name too 4
- Update: Giroux out two weeks with lower-body injury 24
- Update: Crosby on ice with Penguins teammates Friday, leaves early 5
- Ouch: Wild reportedly suspend Harding for ‘non-hockey injury’ 28
- Keeping Kuemper: Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M 15
- Selanne regrets harsh words toward Boudreau 9
- Flyers’ Timonen admits chances of playing are ‘really slim’ 8
- Desjardins (a.k.a. not Torts) makes good first impression on Canucks 28
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (62)
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (55)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)