NHL Schedule: 3 Games to Circle This Week

The NHL schedule has blessed us with three intriguing tilts worthy of your eyeballs. Tune in, sit back and enjoy quality November ice hockey.

Here’s what we’ll be watching during the week of November 14. Highlight these matches on your NHL schedule if you’re a fan of explosive scorers and playoff rematches.

Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks – Tuesday, November 15

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Nov 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) during the second period against the Dallas Stars at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The upstart Jets will enter the Madhouse on Madison on Tuesday night looking for an upset over the Central-leading Blackhawks.

Patrick Laine’s first time lining across from reigning MVP Patrick Kane should be a doozie for fans of sharpshooting talent. The speed in this game will be entertaining, and Winnipeg should be up to the task to at least skate with the NHL’s current gold standard dynasty if recent results are to be believed.

November wins by Winnipeg against Detroit and Dallas, two of the speedier teams in the league, should give the team confidence as they look to cut into the Hawks’ division lead.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, meanwhile, will likely remind his team that they’re No. 1 in the Western Conference for a reason, and their four-game win streak against the Jets isn’t an accident. Chicago is playing a decent game right now, doing just enough to secure wins on a nightly basis.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins – Wednesday, November 16

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May 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) shake hands after game six of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 4-3 in overtime to win the series 4 games to 2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Crosby vs Ovechkin: What more I say?

St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks – Thursday, November 17

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May 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; The San Jose Sharks stand with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 to win the Western Conference Finals of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In their first meeting since their six-game Western Conference Finals series, the Blues and Sharks will face off this Thursday looking to break out of mediocracy.

As of Monday, November 14, the Blues stand at 7-6-3 and are riding a three-game losing streak, dropping them into the middle of the vaunted Central Division standings.

Meanwhile, the Sharks are faring a taste better at 9-6, and are coming off a successful road trip that saw them take sequential wins in Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay.

Thursday night’s tilt on the NHL schedule represents an early-season gut check for each franchise, as the game figures to be heavy-hitting, low-scoring and come at a time when both teams are desperate to secure a win.