This is a new thing we’re gonna try this year, setting up every night’s action outside of the Hawks. We’ll see how it goes.
Game Of The Night
Flames vs. Oilers (9pm)
Fuck the banner-raising in Pittsburgh, as that’s going to be called by Mike Milbury and will involve the Blues. Although it’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage than the Blues being watched by Milbury, who will assuredly spend a period and a half wondering how the Blues could have traded Ryan Reaves. Anyway, these are two of the three teams that are going to matter in the Pacific. And they’re way more interesting than the Ducks. Flames fans can already start cutting themselves if the Oilers light up Mike Smith, which you’d have to bet they would. See how Draisaitl shifts back to center and how the Oilers still have no defense.
Second Screen Viewing
Leafs v. Jets – You can be sure that Jets fans will take any win tonight as a sure sign that they’re going to be the surprise package of the NHL. You just know it. Still, with all the offensive talent on display here, in front of a ravenous MTS Centre filled with people who finally have something to do now after their four-day summer being over, it could be a fun one. Of course, with the Jets involved that means that any big occasion will have Paul Maurice sending his charges out to commit aggravated assault agains Auston Matthews, and Dustin Byfuglien assuredly trying to turn Mitch Marner into food garnish when Marner is A, not looking and B. probably already on the ice. And this is why the Jets won’t ever go anywhere. That and Steve Mason.
Blues vs. Penguins
Flyers vs. Sharks