HNIC Coast to Coast is back with a weekly look at the Canadian teams in the National Hockey League as they prepare for Saturday and Sunday’s action. This week’s schedule is condensed as the Christmas break approaches, but there are still some notable games to take note of.
One of the notable matchups is the 7:00 p.m. ET game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators. The Senators recently made a significant decision by firing head coach D.J. Smith after a 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, which marked their fourth consecutive defeat. Following this decision, Jacques Martin and Daniel Alfredsson, who were recently hired in advisory roles, were elevated to the bench as interim head and assistant coaches, respectively.
Despite the coaching change, the Senators have yet to experience an immediate improvement in their performance. They are hoping to turn things around as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won four of their last five games.
In the 10:00 p.m. ET game, the Calgary Flames will face the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames are coming off a successful week, winning three consecutive games and earning points in their last five games. They will face a challenging opponent in the Kings, who have shown some weaknesses in their recent performances.
Other Canadian NHL games on Saturday include the Toronto Maple Leafs facing the Columbus Blue Jackets and the San Jose Sharks playing against the Vancouver Canucks.
There will be no NHL games on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.