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TGIF: Five NHL games to watch this weekend

Nov 8, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

Saturday: Edmonton at Philadelphia (1 p.m. ET)

Look, we all know these two teams have been terrible. In fact, given expectations, they’re probably the two most disappointing teams in the NHL. Which is exactly why everyone should watch this game. Nothing like a good sports disaster. If the Flyers can’t get the offense going against Edmonton, we’re not sure there’s any hope for Claude Giroux and company. The Oilers rank dead last in the NHL in goals against (3.82) and, based on what we saw last night in Tampa Bay, it’s not hard to understand why:

Next time, maybe watch out for that Stamkos guy. Pretty good player.

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

The last time the Maple Leafs visited TD Garden, they experienced one of the most devastating moments in franchise history. Which, you know, was kind of a big deal at the time. We are, of course, referring to Game 7 of Toronto’s first-round matchup with the Bruins that the Leafs led 4-1 almost halfway through the third period. Yada, yada, yada, Boston ended up winning and making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, where oddly enough the B’s were undone by their own third-period collapse. Sports!

Saturday: Pittsburgh at St. Louis (8 p.m. ET)

Time for a little Pens fans trolling. OK, here we go. Let’s see how upset they get when we suggest their precious Penguins have had the easiest schedule in the world and have been nowhere near as good as their 11-5-0 record indicates. Case in point, in 16 games, the Pens have only played three teams from the far superior Western Conference. They beat Edmonton by a goal at home. (Hey, congratulations.) They were badly outplayed, at home again, by the Canucks, even though they managed to win that one in a shootout. And they lost, 1-0 — yep, at home — to Colorado. Good luck against the Blues. Gonna need it.

Sunday: Washington at Colorado (8 p.m. ET)

The Caps won their fourth straight Thursday versus the Wild and, in a very related story, are starting to get scoring from guys not named Alex Ovechkin. Marcus Johansson, for example, has two goals in his last two games. Nicklas Backstrom has been putting the puck in the net. Joel Ward has five goals in his last nine games. As for the Avs, how will they react this weekend after losing 6-4 to Nashville on Wednesday? Everyone’s just waiting for them to fall apart, right? Worth noting: the Caps also play Saturday in Phoenix, so this could be a tough one fatigue-wise.

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

The Canucks — who finally beat San Jose Thursday night — finish off a tough four-game road trip versus the red-hot Ducks. Sunday’s will be the first of five Vancouver-Anaheim meetings this season. If you haven’t noticed, the Pacific Division continues to be an absolute monster. Here’s a stat to consider: The Ducks, Canucks, Coyotes, Kings, and Sharks are a combined 28-9-4 versus teams from the Eastern Conference. Seriously, imagine if the Penguins had to play good teams like those all the time. Would they even make the playoffs?

  1. curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Hahaha the only way that schedule could be any easier is if we would play philly every night! Again well done! I’m a die hard pens fan and i find this kind of stuff really amusing.

    • bcsteele - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Oh Jason look what you may have started…

      On a side note, Good luck against the Blues Saturday Pens fans. Because you WILL need it.

      Signed,

      Die hard Blues fan

      • jernster21 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        …because the Blues just walked right through the Flames last night.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      East teams are winning 30% of their games against the West. Vancouver and Anaheim will be a good game (on CSN NW in Seattle and Portland), and I’d watch Toronto and Boston. Other three games are dogs.

  2. killerpgh - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    You can only beat who the schedule makers give you on a certain night. On a side note to the Pens/Blues game I think the Blues are the only team Crosby has never scored against. I’m not 100% certain about that but I think I remember that from last year.

    • whatthepuck2012 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Sid has never scored against Edmonton, San Jose, Chicago or St. Louis.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Did a Flyers fan write this?

  4. m1k3g - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Easy there, Jason. Of the 75 people who visit this site every day, at least 25 of us are Pens fans.

    • claudegirwho - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      A hahahaha that’s good and so true

  5. thomasvanek - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    LOL at all the butt hurt pens fans

  6. steelpenbucs87 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Hahahaha oh man – PHT guys did not take kindly to Burgh’s comment about the mustard. Well played boys.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Also you guys should make this a regular thing – troll a fanbase each Friday afternoon. That could be a lot of fun.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Umm the Penguins have had one of the best records against the west since Dan Byslma took over as head coach. The penguins should have beaten the Avalanche. The Penguins are one of the best teams in the eastern conference everybody is going to give them their best shot.

    • pxland - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      “should have”? What the hell does that mean?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        half a point!

  8. sjsharks66 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    The MAF joke was hilarious, but don’t get too carried away forcing arguments in the comments.

    I agree though that the Pens should be playing better and the Blues are going to be a test. I am guessing a hard hitting, low scoring game.

  9. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Shouldn’t it be the other way around we have the two best players in the NHL Crosby and Malkin. It should be a good game though I’m expecting a low scoring game.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Pens fan here, sorry malkin isn’t producing anywhere near the best players in the NHL. Crosby yes. Geno no. A lot of pens fans on here sure can dish it out, but get real defensive when the tables are turned.

  10. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I am kinda worried about the Pens offense this year. Maybe it’s because Neal and Bennett are out. The good news is that Bennett will be back tomorrow and they’re saying Neal will be back next week.

  11. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Curioustraveler13
    I want to see how Malkin plays when Neal comes back. They’re saying that Neal is going to be back next week. If Malkin doesn’t keep producing when Neal does come back then it’s time to get worried.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      2nd best players in the league don’t rely on one particular other player to score. that’s it, steelers88 gets the “2nd greatest player in the world” treatment……….. for the next 3 years.

      • whiskytango333 - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        By your own definition then, Claude Giroux is therefore not one of the best in the league (give me my Jagr blanket!). Hallelujah, a Flyers fan who gets it!

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Personally I am not too worried about him, because he’s been playing good without much puck luck. Neal coming back will benefit malkin a lot though. He opens the ice a lot more for malkin. Malkin is capable of being one of the best in NHL, it’s just not happening right now.

  12. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Thomasvanek
    Yes I’m ticked off. The Penguins are my team. I love my Pens. They are truly number 1 in my heart over the Steelers and Pirates.

  13. prohockeyking - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    This moron is clearly a hater and likely from Philth-adelphia. Jealousy is not so evident when someone actually who calls themselves a “writer” or “reporter” actually shows no bias and can recognize talent for what it is and not be blinded by envy.

    The Pens have more man games lost to injury this year, than any other team (or close to it), and we’re only 5 weeks into the season. I’d say it’s only going to get worse for you haters when the rest of the team is healthy and can stay that way through the playoffs… That’s right.. PLAYOFFS! Yes… Pens fans can say it right now.. We will be in the playoffs! Can’t say that for many teams at this point in the season. But hey.. the Flyers will at least be in the draft lottery for next season. Maybe you’ll actually draft a goaltender who can play well for more than 1 season. Or maybe another Claude Who? How many good seasons did he have… wait… wasn’t it 1/2 of a season and a few good games in the playoffs the same year?

    Haters are haters..

    • pxland - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Sometimes it’s not good to be the king….

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Lighten up and learn to take a joke. I can’t stand pens fans like you. I bet you “whoooo” at the games don’t you? He even said before the you click on article that he was going to troll pens fan. So what do you do, you take the bait and get your panties all in a bunch.

    • Jason Brough - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      “This moron is clearly a hater and likely from Philth-adelphia.”
      Yeah, I mean, all that nice stuff I said about the Flyers in the first game preview…

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Some Pens fans (not all) cant accept anything less then being called “The Best”…..Whether it is the truth or not!……How dare you troll his team!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        P.S….How dare you trash talk (speak the truth) about my Flyers!

      • pxland - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Let’s try to pick up the hate for the “wild” and Buffalol. I’m not feeling that enough lately.

  14. antmel30 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    This guy is a retard ^ it’s not making playoffs last couple years for pens it’s advancing in them dope. Pitt has been regular season champs for a while but they are suspect in playoffs. You guys have great team but with a poor pk it will be tough to get through playoffs. If your pk doesn’t improve pens have no shot at Stanley cup. I think a lot rides on scuderi he has to be healthy for a run but pk must improve

  15. whiskytango333 - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Trolls are little fellas. Sorry, we can’t hear you up here on the top of Mt. Metropolitan Divison.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Don’t worry everyone will hear when they crash to earth again in the playoffs :)

  16. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    At least we can make it to the Playoffs. The realignment actually helps the Penguins. They play the first two rounds of the Playoffs in the Metropolitan division. The division sucks! If Fleury doesn’t fall apart the Penguins will at least make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      On paper yes without a doubt……But paper doesn’t get any ice time!

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Luke schenn can relate to that statement. 3.6 million yet he sits in the press box.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Exactly……But Coburn and Mezarros should have been healthy scratches before him (Mez was) But i do hope it wakes Schenn up a bit….Kid may not be perfect but he is leaps and bounds above them!

  17. steelcity333 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    If the statement about the Pens barely beating Vancouver can work against them then the it can go the other way about the Colorado game. The Pens badly outshot Colorado and would have won that game if Giguere didn’t stand on his head. And they shouldn’t even play the game tomorrow night because they obviously stand no chance against the big, bad Blues.

  18. jhaegs - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    @jernster21

    You mean the Flames that just beat CHI in OT, and played against our backup goalie?

    Either way, can’t wait to see the Blues/Pens game. I’m thinking it will be a high scoring affair.

  19. dlhouse18 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Dont watch any of these snoozefests

  20. ctcork - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Tampa/Detroit?

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      How did this new division rivalry between two of the top teams in the East right now not make it?

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