Hockey Night in Canada March 31st
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Hockey Night in Canada, March 31st
Winnipeg @ Toronto
This all Canadian matchup will feature the only teams from north of the border to play this Spring. Although they don’t face each other often, this game will sure be an entertaining one. The Jets have come a long way since the debacle at home when the Leafs destroyed their host in Winnipeg to open the current regular season.
Both teams have clinched, both teams have had record season for their respective franchise, and they will both face the same questions entering the Playoffs.
Now, head coaches Paul Maurice and Mike Babcock need to balance the need for perfection and the need for rest from their star players, especially both goaltender, Connor Hellebuyck and Freddy Andersen, both have a amazing seasons, but will see plenty of rubber in the post-season.
Although it looks like both teams have nothing to gain from their head-to-head on Saturday, they will both look to cement their position in the standings to have some kind of advantages in the playoff. Home-ice advantage seems to not mean as much as it did, but for these 2 teams, that will likely face formidable opponent in the second round, anything will help.
Look for the Laine-Matthews matchup, as both players will forever be compared as they went 1 and 2 in the 2015 draft.
Edmonton @ Calgary
There’s not much to hype this game. Unfortunately, the Flames have been horrendous since the trade deadline, collecting only 2 wins in the month of March.
Connor McDavid will look to extend his points lead over Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Ligthning.
Both teams will have an extend look at some young players and promising prospects, but apart from McDavid’s quest to repeat as the Art Ross Trophy recipient, this game has not much to offer.
Still, you never know what the Battle of Alberta can offer.