The NHL is now in full swing. I will also be watching NCAA Football, the MLS playoffs and the NFL. Remember to everyone that we change our clocks on Sunday.
Saturday—NHL—Vancouver Canucks @ Toronto Maple Leafs—4pm PT—CBC—All of a sudden, the Vancouver Canucks have forgotten how to score. The Canucks (4-6-1) have lost seven straight games and have only scored seven times during that span. In fact, they have been shutout in their last two games (3-0 to Montreal and 1-0 to Ottawa and have literally not scored in six days). The Maple Leafs (4-4-3) seem to be scoring goals but their 38 goals against are the third most in the NHL.
Saturday—NHL—Edmonton Oilers @ New York Islanders—4pm PT—Sportsnet—After a great start, the Oilers (7-3-1) have lost their last three games to Ottawa, Toronto and the New York Rangers. The Islanders (4-6-1) seem to be missing Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, who both left the Islanders in the offseason for Buffalo and Detroit respectively.
Saturday—NHL—Buffalo Sabres @ Ottawa Senators—4pm PT—Sportsnet One—The Senators (7-3) will be without goaltender Craig Anderson for the foreseeable future because his wife Nicholle is battling cancer. On Wednesday, the Senators acquired goaltender Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fifth round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Condon then recorded the shutout in the Senators’ win over the Canucks on Thursday. Buffalo meanwhile has a record of 4-4-2 and are last in the Atlantic Division.
Saturday—NCAA Football—Alabama @ Louisiana State—5pm PT—CBS—The Crimson Tide (8-0) are ranked number one in the NCAA after winning the College Football National Championship a year ago. Their last loss came on September 19, 2015 when they lost 43-37 to the University of Mississippi. The Tigers (5-2) are in a state of transition. Long-time head coach Les Miles was fired on September 25, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron took over as interim head coach. A win over Alabama could give Orgeron the full-time job.
Saturday—NHL—Calgary Flames @ Los Angeles Kings—7pm PT—CBC—The Flames are coming off an impressive 3-2 to win in San Jose on Thursday. The Flames are 5-6-1, while the Kings are 5-6. The time to beat the Kings is now. They will be without Jonathan Quick until February with a groin injury.
Sunday—NFL—Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants—10am PT—TSN2—In an intriguing NFC East Division matchup, both teams are currently above .500 at 4-3. The NFC East could be considered the best division in the NFL at the moment as all teams within the division are above the .500 mark.
Sunday—MLS—Eastern Conference Semi-Finals—Montreal Impact @ New York Red Bulls—1pm PT—TSN5—The Impact are looking to get to their first Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in franchise history. They currently lead the two game total goal series 1-0. Last week in the first leg in Montreal, the Impact got a goal from Matteo Mancouso of Cagliari, Italy.
Sunday—NFL—New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers—1pm PT—CTV2—The Saints have scored the second most points in the NFC. The reason why they are only at 3-4 is because they have given up the third most points in the conference. The 49ers meanwhile looked great in their opening game of the season against Los Angeles, but have been dreadful ever since as they are 1-6.
Sunday—NHL—Edmonton Oilers @ Detroit Red Wings—2pm PT—Sportsnet–This will be the fourth of five games on the Oilers’ road trip and the second of a back-to-back. It will also be tough on the Oilers because they will have gone from playing an evening game on Saturday to an afternoon game on Sunday. The Red Wings are led by Gustav Nyqvist, who has nine points in his first 11 games.
Sunday—MLS—Eastern Conference Semi-Finals—Toronto FC @ New York FC—3:30 pm PT—TSN4—Like Montreal, Toronto FC is looking to make the MLS Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in club history. However, they have a little easier path compared to the Impact. That is because Toronto has a 2-0 lead on New York FC heading into their Sunday showdown at Yankee Stadium. Last week, Toronto FC got goals from American Jozy Altidore and Canadian Tosaint Ricketts.
Sunday—NHL—Winnipeg Jets @ New York Rangers—4pm PT—Sportsnet 360—The Rangers have surprisingly scored the most goals in the NHL this season. At 45 goals, the Rangers also have a balanced offensive attack that includes youngsters Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey, and veteran Rick Nash. The Jets meanwhile have lost three straight including a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington on Thursday.
Sunday—NFL—Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders—5:30pm PT—NBC—Both the Raiders and Broncos are 6-2 and are tied for first in the AFC West. The Raiders need to be highly praised for being focused on winning football games instead of being concerned of a possible move to Las Vegas or Los Angeles.
Sunday—NHL—Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks—6:30pm PT—Sportsnet One—The Flames have now lost 23 games at the Honda Center in Disneyland. They will look for a fairy tale story on Sunday. The last time Calgary won in Anaheim was January 19, 2004.