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TGIF: Five NHL games to watch this weekend

Oct 4, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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Saturday: Detroit at Boston (7 p.m. ET)

The Red Wings get their first look at the B’s as Eastern Conference foes. Though we wonder if fatigue may be a factor for Mike Babcock’s troops — Detroit played Wednesday at home and is in Carolina to take on the Hurricanes Friday night before traveling to Boston. Wasn’t the schedule supposed to be easier in the new conference? As for the Bruins, they should be feeling pretty good after Thursday’s 3-1 win over Tampa Bay to open their season.

Saturday: Buffalo at Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET)

Despite no shortage of power-play opportunities, the Sabres could only muster 20 shots versus Detroit in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday. Like the Wings, Buffalo plays Friday (at home versus Ottawa) before traveling for a tough game Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pens couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, beating New Jersey 3-0 Thursday as much-maligned Marc-Andre Fleury got the shutout. By the way, Pittsburgh plays seven of its first 10 games at home and doesn’t travel outside its time zone until Nov. 9 (St. Louis).

Saturday: Philadelphia at Montreal (7 p.m. ET)

Danny Briere faces off against his old Flyers mates. That’s one angle. Another involves the chatter that Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette is very much on the hot seat. Last night on TSN’s Insider Trading (video), Darren Dreger cited a sense of “impending doom” around the organization and suggested the Flyers need to have a winning record by the 10-15 game mark of the season, or we may see a new man — potentially Craig Berube — in charge behind the bench.

Saturday: Edmonton at Vancouver (10 p.m. ET)

Both teams opened their seasons with losses. Whoever loses this one (on national TV in Canada, no less) is going to hear about it. The Oilers really should’ve won their first game, but they blew a 4-2 lead to the Jets on Tuesday. As for the Canucks, they looked good for the first 10 minutes of last night’s contest in San Jose, but turnovers ultimately cost them in a 4-1 loss to a Sharks side that should be very good this season. “We have a lot to learn with tenacity and consistently being on pucks,” said new Vancouver coach John Tortorella after the game.

Sunday: Anaheim at Winnipeg (8 p.m. ET)

Teemu Selanne returns to the city in which he first starred, almost certainly for the last time as an NHLer. We suppose there’s a chance the two teams meet in the playoffs, or even that Selanne changes his mind and doesn’t retire, but there’s a reason ticket prices are through the roof for this one. The Ducks don’t go back to Winnipeg again this season.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    What, you mean $165 for nosebleeds ISN’T the usual going rate around the league? Then again, with a 15k seat capacity, every seat probably feels like it’s lower bowl.

  2. joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Preds vs Avs could be one to watch. It will be interesting to see how the boys come out after seeing their coach fired up.

    Flyers vs Habs the bigger Flyers play the smurfs. Dias, Briere, Galagher, Desharnais, Plekanec. Brust is going to have his hands full, and all eyes are on Price.

    Sens vs TO After complaining about a rough schedule the Leafs are perfect… Well! It’s only 2 games… But still. The Battle of Ontario continues.

    WSH @ Dallas Holtby or Neuvirth? Ov – 2 games, 11 SOG, 5 hits, 2 Gs and 1 assist.

    The VCR is ready to go.

    • tightbutth0le - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      I’m like you. I dont subscribe to new technology, which is why I’ll be sitting in front of my television holding this up to the speaker.

      Still havent figured out how to record video though…

      • tightbutth0le - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Well. I actually meant to write DVR. I’m a moderate techie.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      How did that Flyers/Habs prediction work out for you?

      That’s about four or five comments in a row where you are way off base. Have you ever even watched a complete hockey game?

      You might be more interested in the new forum – PFST – Professional Figure Skating Talk.

      • joey4id - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Hahahaha! Great comment! Speaking of predictions, Here’s what I had to say about Lavy; :-)

        joey4id – Oct 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM
        Eller is by far the most improved on the habs. However, they are still weak at center, and still too small to be considered SC contenders. Flyers looked horrible last night. Could Laviolette be one loss closer to be shown the exit?

  3. pxland - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM


  4. withseidelinn - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    BUF is irrelevant

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