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NHL weekend preview: The Wings have two chances to lose in a shootout

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While visions of sugared plums and other Christmas-y bric-a-brac may be dancing in your head, or conversely you might just be waiting for the NHL Winter Classic, but there is plenty of hockey for you to watch as you bide your time waiting for the holidays, or, more importantly, college bowl games. There are 12 games Saturday and six Sunday. A lot of them are early games too, so the hockey is spread out fr your enjoyment. The NHL is doing this much for you, can't you take the time to tune in to some of the more interesting games?

Then again, one of the early games Saturday is Calgary at Buffalo. Nobody will blame you for not watching that one. Even if you're Ted Nolan. Los Angeles at Ottawa is better at least. The Penguins are facing the Wings, which would be more exciting if both teams weren't dealing with so many injuries and/or suspensions. Detroit is having to deal without Jimmy Howard, but at least Jonas Gustavsson has been competent thus far.

Toronto is taking on Chicago, but there are not a ton of games out there on Saturday that are terribly exciting. Minnesota against Colorado is solid, I suppose. The day ends with Boston versus Vancouver, which is fantastic, of course. Not just because they are both very good teams, but because of their Stanley Cup Final matchup a few years ago. Good times. Except for the people who had to clean up after the riots.

Sunday is... slightly better. Philly and Washington square off in the afternoon, which is good. The Lightning and the Red Wings are facing off again. They did so on Thursday, with Tampa winning in a shootout, which is not surprising for Detroit fans. The Wings have been in, approximately, a billion shootouts this season, and I am pretty sure they have not scored one goal yet. The only other good game is Los Angeles versus Chicago, but that is a very good one.

So maybe the quantity of games isn't leading to much quality, but there is still plenty of hockey to watch. Enjoy the games.


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