Welcome back to HNIC Coast To Coast! After a bit of time off for the holidays, we’re back with Canada’s favourite National Hockey League weekend preview post, as voted on by no one. All seven Canadian NHL teams are in the mix this weekend, so let’s take a journey across the game list and see what’s on tap!
Kicking us off is a second edition of the Hughes Bowl, which features Quinn’s Canucks against Jack and Luke’s Devils with a 7:00 p.m. ET HNIC Matchup at Vancouver Canucks @ New Jersey Devils. The first edition a month ago today did not disappoint. Fans were hoping for competitive game and exactly that happened with the Devils leading with 4-1 in the first and settling with 5-5 tie. For that game, I proposed a “Triple Hughes Special” which saw all three brothers hit their point lines at a combined +1000. Sure enough, the night ended with all three hitting the mark (Jack 3, Quinn 2, Luke 1). Could we see that again on Saturday? Vancouver comes into this game split their results this week and the Devils will face the Blackhawks on Friday before coming into this game.
Our lone double-Canadian game of the weekend includes two teams that made big decisions behind their benches in hopes of turning things around. For the Edmonton Oilers, their biggest issue was getting saves at a close-to-league-average level, so this transition has been relatively seamless. The Oilers are 14-6-1 in the Chris Knoblauch era and come into Saturday having won six in a row. The game between Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers will surely be a close one.
Other Canadian NHL Games On Saturday includes, Calgary Flames @ Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks @ New Jersey Devils, and Toronto Maple Leafs @ San Jose Sharks.
The Sunday Canadian NHL Action has two games, which includes Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks where as it’ll be their third game in four nights and taking on the Rangers last night and the Devils tonight. And the Winnipeg Jets @ Arizona Coyotes, where jets have 5-3 and 5-2 wins in November securing them the season series already.
The odds for all the games mentioned can be found at bet365 Sportsbook Ontario .