Last weekend, the NHL season began, ridiculously long banner raising ceremonies included. Now, it's just another weekend of hockey, which is nice in it's own right. We've got a couple of busy days. There are eight games on Saturday and eight games on Sunday. Plus, no football, unless you consider the Pro Bowl "football." Here's a look at the contests going down this weekend.
There is one afternoon game, as the Sharks host the Avalanche. Hey, that's a pretty good game. San Jose's old guys are looking good so far. Toronto plays the Rangers, the latter of which has gotten off to a slow start. Also on Hockey Night in Canada is Edmonton against Calgary. The Battle of Alberta could be more interesting than it has been because the Oilers are a young exciting team, but the Flames are somewhat bland. Los Angeles against Phoenix and Nashville versus Anaheim are both somewhat intriguing, but the best game is probably St. Louis at Dallas. The Blues are looking strong thus far. Maybe last year was the starting of something big, and not a fluke. Aside from Brian Elliott, of course. If he wasn't a fluke, the world makes no sense.
Sunday, naturally, has some early starts, such as Buffalo against Washington. The Capitals need to get into the swing of things, or they might do something foolish like bring back Dale Hunter. Vancouver plays San Jose, which is good. Philly takes on Tampa Bay. Remember that awful game they played? Let's hope that never happens again. Two games really stick out to be from Sunday. Detroit faces Chicago, which is always good, even if the Red Wings have struggled a bit and are without about 50 defensemen. Lastly, on NBC Sports, the Wild and the Blues square off. Again, the Blues are off to a good start, and the Wild have looked good too, what with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter and such.
That's a lot of good hockey. The season is young, but each game is worth a bit more due to the shorter season. That's just another excuse to watch. Enjoy the games.