Your Week in NHL Hockey, October 23-29: Hot Starts and Road Trips

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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)

Tuesday, October 25

Nationally televised in the United States

Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN and CSN Philadelphia)

Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Locally televised in the United States and/or televised in Canada

Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; ROOT Sports and Fox Sports Florida)

Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NESN, Fox Sports North and Wisconsin)

Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; MSG+ and Fox Sports Arizona)

Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Detroit and Carolina)

Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Sun; SNOne and TVAS in Canada)

Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Midwest; SNF in Canada)

Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Southwest; TSN3 in Canada)

Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; Sportsnet Vancouver, RDS2, and TSN5 in Canada)

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; Fox Sports West and Ohio)

Best best: Ducks-Sharks and dealer’s choice

It’s a late night game, but the Ducks-Sharks game does represent a battle. Last season, three Pacific-division teams qualified for the playoffs, though the Ducks and Sharks didn’t meet thanks to the Ducks losing to Nashville. Although the Ducks haven’t started off the season particularly well, they may very well start picking things up sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the Sharks are home once more and hoping to score some points on home turf.

For something to occupy your time until 10 p.m. ET, take your pick, really. Wild-Bruins doesn’t seem like a bad idea, and Sabres-Flyers could also end up being interesting, with the Sabres looking to get the first home win of the season.