October is over. November is here. We've got another weekend of hockey action upon us. Saturday has 13 games, but Sunday only has three. And they aren't great. Oh well. Saturday will still be fun. Here's a look at the best games. Including the only good one on Sunday.
Saturday has one afternoon game, Chicago against Winnipeg. That's pretty good. Chicago is always worth watching. I see no early Hockey Night in Canada game on the schedule, but I imagine Toronto versus Vancouver is that game. Speaking of the Canucks, the Sedin twins have signed matching four-year extensions with the team. Real shocking stuff. The Sedins will always play together, and they will probably always be Canucks. We've grown so accustomed to the Sedins being around that I don't know if enough is made of just how odd their existence in this league is.
St. Louis against Tampa Bay is a very interesting game. The Lightning are off to a strong start. So are the Blues, but that is more expected. The Bruins versus the Islanders looks good on paper. Watching Thomas Vanek acclimate himself to New York will be worth paying attention to. I like Pittsburgh against Columbus early as well.
The evening has a few games worth staying up for. First, Montreal takes on Colorado. Unfortunately, the game is in Denver, so we won't get to see Patrick Roy return to Montreal behind the bench. However, on the ice it should be fun to watch. Edmonton's early struggles make their game against Detroit less exciting than it would have looked before the season, especially considering Taylor Hall's injury, but it is still a good one. Lastly, Phoenix visits San Jose. The Sharks are definitely worth watching while they are playing so well.
Sunday has a Dallas-Ottawa game in the afternoon. That's all you need to watch Sunday, unless you are a fan of the other four teams playing. So hey, at least you have Sunday night free.
The quartermark of the season is almost here. Sample sizes get smaller by the day. Enjoy the games.