It is Super Bowl Sunday but there’s still plenty of action to keep an eye on in the NHL.
While the whole country will be gearing up for a mouthwatering showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs in the biggest game of the year, the NHL will pose as an elite warmup act with five games on today.
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It all starts with a huge matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Alex Ovechkin led Washington Capitals at 12:00 p.m. ET, while one West Division showdown and three Central Division contests will then lead us nicely into Super Bowl LV.
While five games doesn’t sound like a lot, there will be plenty of action to keep an eye on throughout the early afternoon, and things are really beginning to heat up in all four divisions as we get closer to the 2020-21 NHL season being a month old, with every single game extra important in a shortened schedule.
Therefore, all five of today’s matchups could have some huge implications and we are going to break down some of the biggest talking points to keep an eye on throughout the day, starting with the NHL’s own Super Bowl Sunday star. So, without further ado, let’s delve into some riveting storylines to keep an eye on today in the National Hockey League…
Storylines to follow across the NHL on Super Bowl Sunday
Can The Great Eight outshine the Goat?
Today will be all about Super Bowl 55 and whether or not Tom Brady can lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to glory and capture what would be an unprecedented seventh championship in what has been a truly spectacular and legendary career. Brady is already the Goat in the NFL but, should he clinch victory in the biggest game of the year later today, then he will truly cement his status as the best to have ever done it.
The NHL of course has its own goat in Alex Ovechkin, who continues in his mission of making history after scoring his 709th career NHL goal on Thursday, a milestone moment that saw him move in sole possession of seventh on the NHL’s All-Time Goals list ahead of Washington Capitals great, Mike Gartner.
Ovechkin is now eight goals away from catching Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, who is sixth on the list with 717, while The Great Eight continues to chase The Great One, with Wayne Gretzky currently holding the NHL record for most goals with 894.
Given the pace at which Ovechkin continues to light the lamp on the biggest stage, it isn’t out of the realms of possibility that he could catch The Great One and cement his legacy in the process, and he will have an opportunity to get a little bit closer to that today against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are second in the East Division but are 5-3-2 in their last 10 outings.
The Capitals are currently third in the ultra-competitive East and just a point behind the Flyers, and a win today would get them closer to the Boston Bruins who are currently top of the standings. In order to beat Philadelphia, Washington will need a strong game from their Goat in Alex Ovechkin who has 14 career points (10 G, 4 A) in 13 games on Super Bowl Sunday, and he’ll be hoping to add to that total before settling down to watch Tom Brady perhaps add to his 40 touchdowns this year as he looks to win a seventh ring.