Storylines to watch in the NHL’s 11-game Sunday Schedule

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Members of the St. Louis Blues celebrate. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Let’s get you set for a huge day of action in the NHL with some storylines to keep an eye on.

It is certainly a Sunday Funday in the NHL today with no less than 11 games taking place throughout the day as we will be treated to wall-to-wall hockey. It starts with an Original Six matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, a rivalry that is as old as time.

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We then have some other mouthwatering showdowns to look forward to as old meets new with Sidney Crosby preparing to do battle with Alexis Lafreniere, the Vegas Golden Knights will look to exact revenge on the Arizona Coyotes after losing 5-2 on Friday, the Buffalo Sabres will be hoping to avoid a fourth loss against the Washington Capitals this year, the Dallas Stars will be hoping to make it two wins out of two and we also have a couple of real intriguing North Division matchups to look forward to with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Winnipeg Jets.

It promises to be one hell of a day of hockey and there should be a plethora of goals, high-level plays, drama and also plenty of ups and downs as we navigate through a mouthwatering feast of wall-to-wall hockey all day. And, although we are only two weeks in to the 2020-21 NHL season, we are already starting to see some interesting trends develop in each Division with each and every game extra important in a shortened 56-game schedule.

So, without further ado, let’s delve into some of the most compelling storylines to keep an eye on as we get set for an incredibly busy day in the National Hockey League, starting with the Detroit Red Wings going up against the Chicago Blackhawks….

Storylines to watch out for on a busy day in the NHL

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Detroit Red Wings right wing Bobby Ryan (54). Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Can Bobby Ryan continue his hot start against the Hawks?

It has been one hell of a start to the 2020-21 season for Bobby Ryan who is flourishing with the Detroit Red Wings after signing a one-year, $1 million contract in the offseason. Ryan has four goals in four games with the Red Wings with a plus / minus rating of +3, while logging an average of 14:52 of ATOI.

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Ryan is sure proving that he’s still got plenty left in the tank in what is a prove-it year for the veteran forward, and it is feasible to think that he could at least get near returning to being a 30-goal a season scorer, something he hasn’t done since the 2011-12 season. So, can he continue his hot start against the Chicago Blackhawks today?

It has been a tough start to the year for the Hawks who are officially in rebuild mode, and they are currently 1-3-1 on the season, although they did win their first game of 2020-21 on Friday after beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 with rookie netminder Kevin Lankinen stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced, and the Blackhawks will be hoping for another strong performance between the pipes while the Red Wings will be out for revenge in this Original Six showdown.