Hard as it may seem to believe, we are now roughly one-quarter of the way through the 2021 NHL season. When you look at the current standings, the one thing that stands out is that no one team looks to be totally dominant this season. The divisional races are all tight, and while it is still a little too early to be having the conversation, the same is true of the playoff battles in both conferences. Those standings will change in the coming weeks and months, but we have certainly seen enough hockey to start picking out the games that look great on this week’s schedule, so let’s go ahead and do just that.
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Calgary Flames – Monday
When you see a team having a great season, you generally expect them to have a very good record on home ice. The Flames have been excellent this season, especially on the defensive end of the ice, but they are still just 3-2-3 at home. Monday night will see them host the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are a solid 5-2-2 on the road. When these two met earlier in the season, it was the Calgary Flames who picked up the 4-0 win.
Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers – Tuesday
It is perhaps a bit too early to say that the bubble has burst for the Florida Panthers, who have lost their lead atop the Atlantic Division after taking back-to-back losses to end the week. They are still 14-4-3 on the season. The Washington Capitals are now atop the Metropolitan Division after winning 3 in a row, which included a 4-3 win over Florida last week. These two have split their two meetings this season, with both decided by a single goal.
Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks – Wednesday
The Alberta teams are taking turns sitting atop the Pacific Division in the early going, but both Vegas and Anaheim are doing a decent job of keeping the pace behind the top two. They will meet up in what is a crucial divisional game, even this early in the season, on Wednesday night. The Anaheim Ducks are a solid 8-4-1 on home ice, so no easy task for the Knights here.
Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators – Thursday
As we mentioned earlier, it is perhaps a little too early in the season to be talking about the playoff picture, but you can bet that every player in the league has that in mind. As it stands at the moment, both of these teams are sitting below the playoff line, and while there is plenty of time to rectify that, neither one wants to dig a hole too deep to get out of. Boston is 6-4-0 in their last 10 and are in better form right now than the Nashville Predators.
Edmonton Oilers at Seattle Kraken – Friday
The last time we had a new franchise come into the league, the Vegas Golden Knights stunned everyone by going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. We are not going to see a repeat of that success with the Seattle Kraken, who have just 15 points through their opening 21 games. They will host the Pacific Division leaders on Friday night as they look to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Oilers earlier this season.
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