5. Two Battles in the North
The North Division has been a hell of a lot of fun to watch so far and it could be one of the closest Divisions to call, along with the East Division. The Montreal Canadiens are starting to look like an absolute juggernaut, but they will have some stiff competition.
And we will see some of that competition tonight with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers at the Winnipeg Jets. Both should be mouthwatering showdowns and there will be a lot of storylines to keep an eye on in these two games alone.
For starters, the Maple Leafs, who are 4-2-0 on the year, will be hoping that Auston Matthews will be good to go tonight after he missed his team’s 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, although both John Tavares and Mitch Marner stepped up to the plate in that game.
If Matthews is indeed back then Toronto will be nearly at full-strength against a Calgary Flames team who are 2-0-1 on the year, while all eyes will be on the Edmonton Oilers who are 2-4-0 on the year and they have not had a good start to the 2020-21 season, despite having both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the roster.
McDavid has seven points (4 G, 3 A) on the year but the Oilers currently rank 22nd in Goals Against Per Game (3.33) in the NHL, and they will have to be a lot better defensively and between the pipes against the Winnipeg Jets later, who seem to be picking up steam and they currently boast the leading points scorer in the NHL in Kyle Connor, who has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in just five games.
One thing is for sure, though, and that’s the fact that we are in for one hell of a day in the National Hockey League with no less than a mouthwatering and compelling 11 games to keep us entertained on a Sunday.