NHL Games to Watch; November 19th and Top 3/Bottom 3
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.
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