Your Week in NHL Hockey, November 6-12: A Dearth of National Games

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 12: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks stands on the ice in the third period during the season opener against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on October 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 2. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Wednesday, November 9

Nationally televised in the United States

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

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

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Ohio and Prime)

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-B; Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada)

Best bet: Blackhawks-Blues

To put it mildly, the Blackhawks and the Blues do not like each other, and it goes beyond just the usual divisional rivalry. For example, players will fight each other even as the game is ending, even if it’s the playoffs.

It gets better, though: the Blues got the better of the Hawks in their first match this season, and did it at the United Center, 5-2. Since then, though, the Blackhawks have started to get back into their usual form, and the Blues have slipped a bit.

In other words, it’s time for another round of the Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Peek in on the Senators, who have put in a strong showing early in the season and will look to beat up on the Sabres for some in-division points. As for the Ducks and Jackets, Anaheim wants all the help it can get in the Pacific Division.