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Five games to watch this week

Oct 7, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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Tuesday: Florida at Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET)

Craig Berube’s first game as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers after Peter Laviolette was fired today. We already mentioned it here, but it bears repeating: the Flyers have scored three goals in their first three games, all outright losses. Theoretically, they should come out with a much-improved effort Tuesday. The Panthers, meanwhile, started the season well with a 4-2 win in Dallas, but a 7-0 loss in St. Louis kind of put a damper on things.

Tuesday: New Jersey at Vancouver (10 p.m. ET)

Cory Schneider makes his return to Rogers Arena after the shocking draft-day trade that sent him to New Jersey for the Devils’ first-round pick. The 27-year-old lost his first start with his new team, a 3-0 decision Thursday in Pittsburgh. He’s expected to get his second start versus the Canucks, and with his old teammate, Robert Luongo, at the other end of the ice. Can you say “media circus”?

Wednesday: Chicago at St. Louis (8 p.m. ET)

NBCSN continues its “Wednesday Night Rivalry” series with two of the best teams in the league, not to mention a couple of clubs that have been division rivals since 1970.

Remember this?

That was fun.

Thursday: Colorado at Boston (7 p.m. ET)

The Avs play Tuesday in Toronto, so there’s a chance they may not be undefeated anymore by the time they play the B’s. Still, this one should be a good test for Patrick Roy’s troops, who’ve looked pretty darn good so far. Colorado hammered Anaheim, 6-1, to open its schedule then beat Nashville, 3-1, in its next outing. Both those victories came at home though, and Boston is no easy place to play, as evidenced by the Bruins’ first two games, both wins at TD Garden.

Friday: NY Islanders at Chicago (8 p.m. ET)

Two teams that know how to put the puck in the net. The ‘Hawks finished second in goals per game (3.10) in 2013, while New York was seventh (2.81). The Isles have opened the season with two straight trips to the shootout; they won the first one versus New Jersey and lost the second to Columbus. They’ll play Phoenix on Long Island Tuesday before traveling to Chicago to meet the champs.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Starts barking uncontrollably in anticipation at Wings-Blues and Boston-Avs.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      err Hawks-Blues. Don’t mean I’m not still barking.

  2. imleftcoast - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    NHL network is showing the Canucks/Devils. Unfortunate NBC Sports could only fit the Canucks on once this season.

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    What, no Jets-Wild? Come on, it’s a rivalry in the making!

  4. savior72 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Blues/Hawks game is always one to watch. I remember as a kid seeing a brawl break out in the stands that involved a whole section at the old checkerdome. Just glad it wasn’t mine, I was only 7. Now that the Blues are “picked” to go all the way and the Hawks defending their title, well let’s just say I’m not 7 anymore, bring it.

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