Flyers @ Red Wings 8 PM ET (NBCSN)
This should be a good division clash between two teams playing very well. The Flyers are 6-3-1 in their last ten and Detroit is on a 4 game winning streak. As a reminder, these teams as of this season are conference rivals, which is good because both teams are typically in the thick of playoff races in their respective conferences which should make for some truly entertaining games later this season, and in future seasons. Believe it or not the Flyers are just two points behind third place in the Metropolitan Division which is a credit to them considering the poor start they had.
NOTE: Sorry about missing yesterday folks, I forgot to do it.
Sharks @ Leafs 7 PM ET (CSN-CA/SNET-Ontario)
This should be an interesting game, both of these teams play a skills based style of play, so if I were a betting man (which I am not) I would say go with this game being a high scoring affair as a prediction. My guess 5-3 Sharks.
Kings @ Ducks 10 PM ET (Prime Ticket/FS-West)
This battle is always a fun one, both teams are talented and both teams are in the thick of the early season playoff race, which has the Ducks placed 3rd and the Kings are 6th which in the old format would have made them play head to head in the quarterfinals of the Western Conference Playoffs. But I don’t know how it will work yet this year.
Red Wings @ Senators 5:30 PM ET (FS-DET/RDS/TSN/NHLN-US)
Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa for the first time since bolting for the Red Wings during the summer time. While the Senators are struggling a little this season Detroit is playing well this year and have been particularly impressive recently with 3 wins in a row while outscoring their opponents 14-2 during this winning streak which were against the Sabres, Bruins, and Islanders.
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA so I wanted to wish my fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving. Today is a day to give thanks for what we have, whether it be good health, good wealth, good family, or whatever you may be thankful for. Today is meant to celebrate what you have even if you have very little and times are tough, there is probably something that you are thankful for even if it is a short list of things that you have, appreciate it, because some people might have it far worse.
Personally I am thankful to be in good health, to have all of my family in good health, and to have this little blog be as successful as it has been, I never would have imagined I’d still be doing this blog when I first started it back in late February, and I never could have dreamed to have the following I do on here, it truly has been a blessing to me, and I appreciate the support I’ve gotten from fellow WordPress users during the past year.
I’m also thankful for the help I’ve gotten with this effort from companies such as Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, because for me to have such great communications with these companies is a welcome surprise I wasn’t expecting when I started looking for ways to add content to this site, those two companies in particular (but to be clear they aren’t the only ones I’ve had success with but they’re the biggest partners of ours to this point of time) have been amazing to me and I can not thank them enough for their support in the first of hopefully many years on this journey.
With that message out of the way, I am going to close this Thanksgiving message with the sports schedule on today for the NFL and NHL, there might be college football on ESPN later as well since it is Thursday, it might be worth a look on the programming guide.
Vancouver @ Ottawa 7:30 PM ET (NHLN-US/SNET-VAN/SNET-OTT)
Oilers @ Predators 8 PM ET (SNET-EDM)
*I tried looking for the Canadian listings for the NFL but had trouble figuring it out, please take the following info as guesses and feel free to correct the information in the comments*
Packers @ Lions 12:30 PM ET (FOX/City TV)
Raiders @ Cowboys 4:30 PM ET (CBS/City TV/RDS2)
Steelers @ Ravens 8:20 PM ET (NBC/Sportsnet/RDS2)
Canadiens @ Sabres 7 PM ET (TSN-HABS/MSG-BUF/RDS)
This might not look like a good match up according to the standings, but it seems like every time these teams play it turns out to be a solid game. So I expect the same here, there is nothing to say otherwise.
Bruins @ Red Wings 7:30 PM ET (NESN/FS-DET/NBCSN)
This is a fantastic match up, this is what the NHL was hoping for putting the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference. The wanted the Red Wings to be a chief rival of the Bruins, Canadiens, and Maple Leafs, plus tilts with the Penguins and Lightning. Not only did the Red Wings benefit from the move, but hockey fans won.
Blues @ Avalanche 9 PM ET (FS-MW/ALT2)
These teams are quickly becoming rivals in the Western Conference with plenty of dislike towards one another. The Avs and Blues had a wild game a couple weeks ago, it was a 7-3 Blues win. The game not only featured 10 goals but plenty of hatred, so expect a little of the same tonight, except maybe for the goal output.
One of the most requested items for NHL 14 is finally ready for fans. Now that the Buffalo Sabres have worn their 3rd jerseys this season, we can release the NHL 14 jersey code to allow you to play with every alternate jersey in the game.
How to enter the code:
- In the NHL 14 main menu select “Customize”
- Select “NHL 14 Jersey Code Entry”
- Enter this code ( c6za26khbc7eftur )
Ducks @ Stars 8 PM ET (TSN2/NBCSN)
The only game on tonight and it should be a good one. The Ducks and Stars have a long history of bad blood dating back to the 1990′s and while it has cooled down quite a bit, the steam is still there for things to break out in a physical way. Last February there was a game between these teams with a lot of nastiness, so I will be hoping and looking for more of them same. Because lets be honest, if there is one thing about rivalries that make it interesting and fun it has to be the physicality of the games. Not necessarily fights, but big hits and chirping at one another, that is what makes some of hockey’s best rivalries so appealing especially in the case of Boston and Montreal or Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
This rivalry isn’t to those ones, but it is noteworthy especially in the days where they had a couple brawls the teams hated each other. I mean seriously, guys like Darryl Sydor don’t make habit out of fighting, but they had their battles against the Ducks in years past and it all really started when Craig Ludwig elbowed Teemu Selanne in the head on March 13th in 1998 in what sparked two brawls in the final five minutes of the game. The score at the time of the hit was 5-1 and the game for all intents and purposes was over when the hit happened, so as they say, all hell broke loose in the latter portions of the third period.
And while the rivalry is more civil now than it was then, it is still a little nasty as of last season, so hopefully, for people like me, it still has a taste of bitterness to it tonight and all season long.
Penguins @ Bruins 7 PM ET (ROOT-PIT/NESN)
The Penguins and Bruins are at it again, the Penguins have won 7 straight regular season games over the Bruins and the Bruins are 5-0-1 in their last six home games. Throw in the hatred and this game should be a dandy. The Bruins need to do what Montreal did on Saturday and get in Crosby’s head.
Wild @ Blues 8 PM ET (NBCSN/TSN2)
Another great battle out in the Western Conference, this seems to be a nightly occurrence but with the talent that conference has it is hard to be nothing but impressed. There is no real hostility between these teams but they talent level is pretty good on both sides, and both teams have good goaltending. It could be a tight one.
Kings @ Canucks 10 PM ET (FS-West/SN-Pacific)
These teams played just over two weeks ago and the Kings won 5-1. I don’t expect the same type of result, but anything can happen the Kings are hot as of late.
Red Wings @ Sabres 5 PM ET (FS-DET/MSG-BUF)
This should be a good measuring stick game for the Sabres, they have played a little better as of late, but I still have a hard time to believing the Sabres will win this game, but with this being the better of the two match ups on Sunday I think this will be the better of the two options.
Penguins @ Canadiens 7 PM ET (ROOT-PIT/CBC)
Last year when these two teams met the Penguins won all three games two of those games had final scores of 7-6 and 6-4, so if last year is any indication than this game should be fairly high scoring. I will guess it will be roughly 4-3, so not nearly as wild as last year.
Blackhawks @ Canucks 10 PM ET (WGN/CBC)
This should be a great game, both teams have mutual distain for one another, so there is certainly a reason to watch just on that alone. But throw in the fact that both teams are playing well and that sets the stage for an epic match up.
Avalanche @ Kings 10:30 PM ET (RDS2/ALT/FS-West)
Another great game out west tonight features the Avalanche and Kings, these teams are in a battle for Western Conference positioning early on. The Avalanche are a nice surprise, and the Kings are expected to be in the running as they are a great team.
Blues @ Bruins 7 PM (NHL NET-US/FS-MW/NESN)
These two teams are among the top in each of their respective conferences, and they are both in the top 10 in points in the entire league. This game should be fantastic to watch as both teams have a legit chance for deep playoff runs. The Blues are clicking on all cylinders whereas the Bruins have injuries on the back end and tonight Kevan Miller will make his NHL debut for Boston.
Sabres @ Flyers 7 PM (MSG-BUF/CSN-PHI)
This match up should be pretty decent, despite both teams being in the bottom five in the NHL in points. The Flyers are starting to turn things around as of late with a record of 5-3-2 in their last ten games, and a 4-2-3 record since their brawl against Washington on November 1st. The Sabres on the other hand need points to attempt to avoid falling out of the playoff hunt before the 2014 calender year even hits.
Avalanche @ Coyotes 9 PM (ALT/FS-ARI)
How good is the Western Conference? So good that both of these teams would be leading the Eastern Conference in points despite being ranked 6th (PHX) and 8th (COL) in the Western Conference. This though should be a good measuring stick for both teams to see what each one stands in the West.
Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers 7:30 PM (NBCSN/TSN/NESN/MSG2)
This is the first meeting between the two teams since the Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals in 2013. The Bruins have been slumping a little whereas the Rangers have been hot as of late. It should make for a great battle at Madison Square Garden.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche 9 PM (CSN-CHI/ALT)
Two of the top teams in the league face off in Denver tonight, the surging Blackhawks face the mildly fading Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Blackhawks are all of a sudden first in the West with 32 points and Colorado is 8th in the conference with 28 points, which would be tied for first place in the East. A battle of Jonathan Toews and Matt Duchene would have been a great one to see but unfortunately Duchene is sidelined with an injury.
Top 3/Bottom 3
1. St. Louis Blues
I’ve kind of been on the St. Louis Blues bandwagon sort to speak all season, but it’s hard not to watch them, they have a good combo of grit and skill to make any game worth a watch. I was very impressed with their 7-3 win over Colorado last week. That win confirmed what I’ve said all along, the Blues are here, and I think they’re here to stay. Despite going 2-1-1 last week I feel like the Blues proved themselves last week in just that one game. The Blues play Buffalo, Boston, Dallas, and Minnesota this week.
2. Chicago Blackhawks
Didn’t see this coming, the Blackhawks are the highest scoring team in the NHL and have pulled off an 8-1-1 record in their last ten. The ‘Hawks before this recent hot streak were off of my radar, but they’ve jumped to number 2 this week in my rankings. The Hawks have won 5 of their last 6 with the only loss being a 7-2 stinker Saturday night against the Predators. This week Chicago takes on Colorado, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Edmonton. The Vancouver game should be a dandy.
3. San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are still an exciting team to watch despite not getting many wins recently, in fact they have 5 OTL to their “credit”. The Sharks have run into a bit of a rut, but all teams do after awhile. The Sharks will look to rebound this week with games against Tampa Bay and New Jersey in a short week on the docket.
28. Florida Panthers
For weeks now I’ve placed the Panthers as the second worst in the NHL but they have not earned that slot. That isn’t to say they’re playing well because they aren’t, however the Oilers do not deserve the 28th spot at this point when they’re clearly a worse team at this point.
29. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers continue to falter this season, with no end in sight for the drought, this could be a long season in Edmonton throughout the season. Which is a shame to be honest given the potential the Oilers have. I expected this slot to be filled by the Flames, not the Oilers. Maybe Ilya Bryzgalov will be the savior. Worth a shot at this point.
30. Buffalo Sabres
Scoring continues to be the problem for the Sabres, 22 games into the season and the Sabres are still averaging less than 2 goals per game. It has been hard to bash Ryan Miller when he is literally getting next to nothing for goal support. The Sabres best outburst of the season is 5 and a 4 once, which means of their 22 games 9 of their 41 goals came in a two game span meaning in the other 20 they’ve managed just 32 an average of 1.6 per game. Definitely hard to blame Miller for this mess going on in Buffalo this season.