The NHL season is in full swing now. We're in the meat of it. It's still early, but it isn't so early as to feel so fresh and new and overwhelming. We're all just watching hockey now. Some teams, like the Rangers, are off to slow starts. Others, like the Maple Leafs, have been pleasant surprises for their fans. Some teams are the Florida Panthers. We've got 11 games Saturday and four games Sunday. If you can pry yourself away from football and/or playoff baseball (go Tigers!) then here is some of what you may find out there for you.
There are a lot of interesting games on Saturday. The Bruins and Blue Jackets play a matinee game in Columbus. On the early game for Hockey Night in Canada, Edmonton and Toronto square off. That's a nice battle of teams north of the border. Can the Maple Leafs continue to defy the odds? Probably not, what with the odds being against them and all. In the late game of HNIC, Montreal faces Vancouver, although apparently some people will see Ottawa take on San Jose, which is a good game as well
Philadelphia, led by the stalwart Craig Berube, take on Detroit. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay is a battle of high powered offenses. Sidney Crosby versus Steven Stamkos! Colorado against Washington is interesting to me too, and not just because of the Patrick Roy factor. The Avalanche are off to an intriguing start, and the Capitals are always fun, and Alex Ovechkin is off to a great start. Could be a good one. The Rangers and the Blues could be an exciting, low scoring game. Unless New York keeps struggling, in which case it could be another blowout. The last notable game to me is Dallas taking on Minnesota. The Stars return to the land of their birth! Both teams wear green! Good times.
Sunday is another less than enthusing day of hockey. Phoenix faces Carolina and Los Angeles squares off with Florida in the afternoon. Neither of those are that exciting. The only game that looks good to me is Ottawa visiting Anaheim. This will, of course, see Bobby Ryan return to the place where he started his career after being the guy drafted right after Crosby. Perhaps Ryan will conjure up memories of his time with the Ducks with some great stickhandling and maybe stomping on somebody's skate.
Saturday definitely has some hockey worth watching. Sunday has one game that looks good on paper. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the games.