NHL players’ ‘fantasy hockey’ careers hit a snag after ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ ratings drop
The NHL has been hit with a ratings slump in Canada’s biggest game of the summer, and now players are taking their game offline.
In the United States, the ratings are still in good shape and there are some great matchups on television for the weekend.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest hits:Friday, July 27: Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks, CBC (Sportsnet) (7:00 p.m.
ET) – The Maple Leafs have a good chance to beat the Canucks in the series.
But this is a tough matchup for the Leafs, as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.
Friday, Aug. 4: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens, Sportsnet (7 p.n.m.)
– The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
But they can make up for that loss by winning in New York on Saturday.
Saturday, Aug 17: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, SportsNet (7 a.m.-1 p.p.m) – Florida is coming off back-to-back losses to the New York Rangers and New Jersey, so the Devils are in a tough spot.
But they should be able to beat Florida, which lost to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Aug. 24: Arizona Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers, CBC/TSN (10:30 a.p.-2 p.r.)
– This is the first time the Oilers will play a team in the Western Conference in a decade.
But it’s still an intriguing matchup.
Saturday-Aug. 31: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres, CBC 2 (7-9 a.t.)
– Buffalo has a tough schedule.
They play six games in nine days and will play two of those on the road.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug 30: Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Maple Leafs, Sports Net (9 p.e.m.–3 p.i.)
– For once, the Maple Leafs are on a roll.
But the Senators have been one of the best teams in the NHL in recent years.
They have beaten the Maple Leaf in the past.
Saturday night: Montreal Senators at Vancouver Hurricanes, CBC-TV (7) – This should be a good matchup for Ottawa.
The Senators won the first game of a back-and-forth series at home last year and will be looking for their first win since Jan. 21.
Saturday Night, Sept. 2: Colorado Avalanche at New Jersey Rangers, Sports Network (7.30 p.o.)
– There’s a good possibility the Rangers could win this series.
They beat the Avalanche in Colorado last year.
Saturday: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, CBC, CBCSportsnet (10 p.a.-2 a.s.)
– Boston beat the Flyers on Thursday and has a good shot at beating the Flyers again.
Saturday morning: Toronto Leafs at Montreal Marlies, SportsNET, SportsTV 2 (9:30-11:30 p) – It’s a tight matchup for this one.
The Leafs have won the past two games against the Marlies and are a lot closer than they were when the series was first set up.
Sunday, Sept 8: Winnipeg Jets at Arizona Coyotes, CBC 5 (6:30 pm.)
– Winnipeg is coming out of a tough break with a huge lead over the Coyotes.
The Coyotes have been the best team in hockey the past few seasons, but the Jets are coming out with a new look this year.
Sunday morning: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Bruins, SportsNHL (8 p.c.)
– Calgary’s recent struggles have put the Flames on a high.
The Bruins are on their best form of the season.