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

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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 12: Paul Martin #7 and Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate a third period goal during the NHL season opener game at SAP Center at San Jose on October 12, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)

Monday, October 17

Nationally televised in the United States

San Jose Sharks at New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NHL Network, MSG, Comcast SportsNet California)

Locally televised in the United States and/or Canada

Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, AltitudeTV, SNOne in Canada)

Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Detroit; RDSI, TSN5 in Canada)

Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; NESN; TVA Sports, TSN3 in Canada)

Best bets: Sharks-Rangers, Avalanche-Penguins

Pittsburgh pulled off a 3-2 win in the shootout for their season opener against the Washington Capitals without Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin expressed frustration with his game after the win, so he’ll try to show off a bit more against the Avs. Meanwhile, the Avs will have to play the Dallas Stars this Saturday and could be hungry for a win if the Stars take the W.

In this national game, we’ll see if the Rangers can continue scoring well after pulling off 5 goals in their season opener to beat the Isles. Meanwhile, the Sharks held the Los Angeles Kings to just 1 goal in that opening game, but didn’t score a lot themselves, with only 2 goals. We’ll see if it ends up being a goaltender battle or if the goals will flow.