Welcome back to HNIC Coast To Coast! Every week, Canada Sports Betting examines the seven Canadian National Hockey League teams and their upcoming weekend hockey schedule. While not all teams are playing this weekend, there’s still a solid lineup of action! Let’s take a look at the games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
7:00 p.m. ET HNIC Matchup: Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens
The excitement around the Red Wings’ recent signing of veteran forward Patrick Kane is palpable. However, fans will have to wait a week or two to see him in action due to his recovery from hip resurfacing surgery. In the meantime, Detroit, winners of four of their last five games, will face Montreal, who have been working hard to stay competitive. Unfortunately, Montreal suffered a major setback in their last game with a 5-1 loss to Florida and a suspected ankle injury for Alex Newhook. With Newhook possibly sidelined, Detroit are the favorites to win this game.
10:00 p.m. ET HNIC Headliner: Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames
Nikita Zadorov, the 28-year-old defenceman, is expected to play for his new team, the Canucks, against his former team, the Flames, on Saturday. The Canucks acquired Zadorov in exchange for a third-round pick in 2026 and a fifth-round pick in 2024. Vancouver’s recent acquisition of Zadorov was the result of a trade with Chicago, where they recovered a fifth-round pick by trading Anthony Beauvillier. Vancouver will be looking to bounce back from a loss to the Golden Knights while Calgary is riding high after impressive wins against Vegas and the Dallas Stars. This game will be a test for both teams and could be an intriguing bet.
In addition to these key matchups, there are four other games in Canadian NHL action on Saturday. The Winnipeg Jets are looking to bounce back after three consecutive losses in regulation, while the Ottawa Senators hope to snap a two-game skid. The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, two of the Atlantic Division’s best teams by record, will also face off in their second matchup of the season.
There is no Canadian NHL action on Sunday, but fans can still enjoy some NFL action or tune in to Sportsnet for two U.S. games nationally.
That’s it for this weekend’s hockey schedule. Stay tuned for more exciting matchups in the world of the NHL!