Must-See Games in Week 2 of the 2013-14 NHL Season

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IOctober 7, 2013

Must-See Games in Week 2 of the 2013-14 NHL Season

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    Millions of fans welcomed the NHL back with open arms this past week after the season officially started on Tuesday night, and during the upcoming week there are a number of must-see games as well. These matchups will include Stanley Cup contenders, division rivals and much more.

    If you are a casual fan and are trying to get into hockey, here are some amazing matchups to watch this week.

Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers

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    Quick (left) and Lundqvist (right)
    Quick (left) and Lundqvist (right)Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Monday, Oct. 7

    10:00 p.m. ET

    Both the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers were pegged as Stanley Cup favorites last season, but both teams failed to make it to the final round. The two franchises are led by their goaltenders—Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick— and they recently faced off in the preseason.

    Both teams also have star power, as Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar will make this game very entertaining to watch.

    Alain Vigneault is trying to make the Rangers a more offensive team, but will they be able to beat the defensively stingy Kings?

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

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    The Blues and Blackhawks are two top teams.
    The Blues and Blackhawks are two top teams.Mark Buckner/Getty Images

    Wednesday, Oct. 9

    8:00 p.m. ET

    The St. Louis Blues will take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on NBC Sports' Wednesday Night Rivalry. The Blues are a solid two-way team led by David Backes, and they have a very solid blue line led by Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.

    The Blackhawks are an offensive dynamo led by Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, and they also have a solid blue line to pair with netminder Corey Crawford. This matchup will pit two of the Western Conference's top teams, and it will make for an amazing matchup.

Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche

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    Duchene and the Avs take on Boston this Thursday.
    Duchene and the Avs take on Boston this Thursday.Steve Babineau/Getty Images

    Thursday, Oct. 10

    7:00 p.m. ET

    This may not sound like a must-see matchup, but seeing the upstart Colorado Avalanche take on the Boston Bruins is going to be awesome.

    Both Claude Julien and Patrick Roy are fiery coaches that can motivate their team, and the youth movement of the Avs should be a good challenge for a veteran Bruins squad.

    Matt Duchene and Patrice Bergeron are two of the NHL's top centers, and watching them square off will be very entertaining this Thursday.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks

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    Thursday Oct. 10 

    10:00 p.m. ET

    During last year's playoffs, the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in controversial fashion. The elimination of the Canucks played a role in the firing of Alain Vigneault, and now, John Tortorella is behind the bench.

    The fiery Tortorella is trying to bring more toughness to the Canucks, and they will take on a very talented Sharks team led by Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.

    The matchup will feature two talented teams with a balanced lineup, and it will be an exhilarating late-night matchup.

New York Rangers vs. St. Louis Blues

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    Callahan is expected to be in the lineup this Saturday,
    Callahan is expected to be in the lineup this Saturday,Scott Levy/Getty Images

    Saturday Oct. 12

    8:00 p.m. ET

    The St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers are two teams that are very similar in construction, and for that reason, it will be interesting to watch them square off against each other. This will be a game that will likely be low in scoring, but watching Henrik Lundqvist and Jaroslav Halak make save after save will be fun.

    This should be a very physical game as well, and there will be no shortage of bone-rattling hits throughout the night. Ryan Callahan and David Backes are two of the NHL's most respected captains, and they will leave everything on the ice this Saturday.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Stamkos and Crosby are two of the NHL's top centers.
    Stamkos and Crosby are two of the NHL's top centers.Joe Sargent/Getty Images

    Saturday, Oct. 12

    7:00 p.m. ET

    Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos are two of the NHL's most explosive superstars, and they will go toe-to-toe this Saturday. Crosby is off to a great start with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Lightning have played decent hockey thus far.

    The Penguins are an offensive powerhouse, and the Lightning are a team trying to find its identity.

    This matchup is slated to be one of the upcoming weekend's best.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks

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    Price is looking to led the Canadiens to greatness this season.
    Price is looking to led the Canadiens to greatness this season.Francois Laplante/Getty Images

    Saturday, Oct. 12

    10:00 p.m. ET

    The Montreal Canadiens made headlines last season when they made the playoffs, and they have a lot of potential for the 2013-14 season. Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are looking to improve upon successful rookie seasons, and goaltender Carey Price is looking to win a Vezina Trophy.

    The Vancouver Canucks have been a Western Conference powerhouse over the last few years, and they will be a great test for the Habs. If the Habs can effectively take care of a top Western team like Vancouver, fans and critics will start to give them the respect that they deserve.