Your Week in NHL Hockey: October 12-15

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04 October 2016: Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) handles the puck in action during a preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Friday, October 14

Nationally televised in the U.S.:

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CSN Chicago; TVAS in Canada)

Regionally televised in the U.S.:

Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports West and CSN Philadelphia)

Televised in Canada:

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames (9 p.m. ET, Sportsnet360 and Sportsnet One)

Best bet: Blackhawks-Predators

When even Canada picks a game up despite both teams being in the United States, you know it probably will be a good game…or at least interesting to give an early look at the season. The Predators made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last year. The Central Division featured three 100-point scorers last season (Stars, Blues, and Blackhawks), and the Predators were knocking on the door with 96. Let’s face it: it’ll likely be a tough division once again.

However, if that doesn’t sate you and you feel like staying up late for maximum hockey, keep an eye on Flyers-Kings. Both lost in the first round last year, but the Flyers added Dale Weise among others and resigned all of their restricted free agents. The Kings also resigned all of their restricted free agents, and, hey, watching Jonathan Quick tend goal is usually pretty fun.

Brace yourselves, because Saturday games are coming.