TV Guide

Five NHL games to watch

The Globe and Mail

Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler, left, and St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie vie for control of the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday February 17, 2013. The Blues won 4-3 in a shootout.

(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Maple Leafs at Capitals – Washington has won seven games in a row to take the Southeast Division lead and third seed in the Eastern Conference away from the Winnipeg Jets. All of Winnipeg will be pulling for the Leafs in this one while the Jets play the Tampa Bay Lightning: Tuesday, 7 p.m., TSN.

Canucks at Blues – Both teams were among the hottest in the league until they both lost on the weekend. But this is a good match between the Sedins and the St. Louis defensive system, which coach Ken Hitchcock has humming again: Tuesday, 8 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Fox Sports Midwest.

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Canadiens at Penguins – Despite what Leaf fans might tell you, Montreal is still one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. So even if Pittsburgh is missing Sidney Crosby, and maybe Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, it’s worth watching the two best teams in the conference: Wednesday, 7 p.m., TSN, RDS.

Islanders at Leafs – Yet another game with playoff implications for Winnipeg. The Jets need both New York teams to take hits to have a hope of joining Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoffs: Thursday, 7 p.m., Leafs TV.

Penguins at Bruins – Everybody pulling for a Toronto-Montreal matchup in the first round of the playoffs will be rooting for Pittsburgh in this one. Friday, 7 p.m., TSN2, RDS.

 

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