In my opinion the biggest game of the night is Atlanta at Buffalo. In my mind these have been the two best teams in the east so far this year as Buffalo is 10-0-0 (3 shootout wins) and Atlanta is 7-1-3 (2 shootout losses, 1 win). Both teams feature top tier young NHL goalies and underrated somewhat nameless (unknown) defenses. Both teams can score goals too with Atlanta having more top end talent with Kovalchuk and Hossa and Buffalo having more depth. Should be a fun game to watch and a good test game for both teams, particularly Atlanta who still needs to prove themselves, the battle of Pennsylvania this time where Pittsburgh is probably the better team over Philadelphia, .
In other interesting games are have a Toronto-Montreal rivalry game, Zdeno Chara facing his old Ottawa team for the first time, and the battle of Pennsylvania with Pittshburgh the better team than Philadelphia for probably the first time in a long long time (maybe a decade). The only real interesting western conference matchup is Nashville at Calgary. Both these cup contenders got off to slow starts to the season and both are just start and while Nashville has broken their early season slump Calgary is still looking to break out and put a few wins together. A big win over Nashville could go a long way to making that happen.
|NY Islanders||-120||Florida||116||NY Islanders||Some|
|New Jersey||-175||Columbus||143||New Jersey||Strong|