The NHL fears not the World Series or the NFL. Otherwise, why would they have schedule five games for this Sunday, the most they have had this season so far? There are also 11 games on Saturday, so don't worry about that. A few teams have a couple of games, so their fans have a big weekend ahead of them. Here's a closer look at the more intriguing games to me.
On Saturday afternoon, the Coyotes host the Oilers. What says hockey more than high noon in Phoenix, Arizona? The Oilers are looking to overcome their slow start, and they have to do it without Taylor Hall, which is a shame. Speaking of overcoming slow starts, the Rangers are taking on the Red Wings. There are four games getting the Hockey Night in Canada designation, but three of them start at the same time. I imagine the main game is Toronto against Pittsburgh, and with good cause. However, San Jose versus Montreal is a good matchup as well. The late game is Washington at Calgary. Well, at least Alex Ovechkin is playing.
The Flyers against the Islanders looks pretty good, I think. Otherwise, Chicago against Minnesota is the only other game that really sticks out to me. St. Louis taking on Nashville seemed more fun when Pekka Rinne wasn't hurt.
Sunday has a few good games, starting with the Sharks against the Senators. A nice trip for San Jose to Eastern Canada is good for the hockey fan. Anaheim against Columbus is a good matchup, and the day ends with another one in the Oilers squaring off with the Kings. Also, while neither of their games look that much fun to watch as an impartial viewer, the Lightning have a nice weekend from their perspective. On Saturday they host Buffalo, and then on Sunday they visit the Panthers. Should be two wins. Anything less and they should just give up on hockey and, perhaps, life itself.
October, the first month of the NHL season, is almost over. We're starting to get a sense of how this season will unfold, which is always exciting. Enjoy the games.