Your Week in NHL Hockey, October 16-22: The Season’s in Full Swing

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DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 13: Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during opening night of the 2016-2017 season at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sunday, October 16

Nationally televised in the United States

Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m. ET, NHL Network; additionally, MSG-B, SportsnetOne in Canada)

Locally televised in the United States and/or Canada

Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders (6 p.m. ET, MSG+ and PRIME)

Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Carolinas in the States; SNOne in Canada)

Best bets: Ducks-Islanders, Sabres-Oilers

While Sabres-Oilers got the nod for the national game on Sunday night, keep an eye on the Ducks-Islanders as well. The Ducks lost their season opener to the Dallas Stars, 4-2, despite a shorthanded goal. They’ll look to try and fix their defensive issues both in Saturday’s game against the Penguins and this one against the Islanders. Meanwhile, the Islanders also dropped their opening game against the Rangers, 5-3, going 0-5 on the power play in the loss.

As for Sabres-Oilers, the story here is how the Sabres look without Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Dmitry Kulikov, and Evander Kane. Kane was sent to the hospital during the team’s 4-1 loss to the Montréal Canadiens in its season opener. Meanwhile, the Oilers looked pretty hot in a 7-4 win over the Flames. (Pun fully intended, by the way.)