Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 20:  Defenseman Alex Goligoski #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins walks back into the lockerroom after warming up before a game against the St. Louis Blues on October 20, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

It’s going to be a big one folks, I’ll be glued to the tube all night long, or at least for 5 and a half hours.

First we start off with a slew of games at 7pm, no not a slew foot from Ovie or Artyukhin.

Montreal hosts the Rangers, the youthful New York team will look to keep their hot start going. While the Canadiens are still unsure of Price, Halak’s been steady. Look for it to be a close game.

Out in Scotiabank Place, Boston faces off against Ottawa. Ottawa is gelling as a team already, while the Bruins have already had big injuries and a few changes. Ottawa should be able to win this one.

On the island, Washington meets up with the Islanders. Tavares are the rest look to get a goal or two, but Ovie who was off the scoresheet last game should have a breakout once again. Watch for a high scoring game, and Caps to prevail with a 3 goals ahead.

In the land of Brotherly Love, Florida checks out the Flyers. This should be an easy matchup for the Flyers, with the Panthers winning against them last week and having played last night. Flyers will be full of energy, should be a solid win.

The Sharks will be in Georgia, for a visit with the Thrashers. With the newly aligned Russian Roulette line and not so steady goaltending, and one of the best lines in hockey (Seto,BigJoe,Heater), expect a wild offensive night. I believe Atlanta will win a tight one, around a score of 5 to 4.

The winless Leafs are in General Motors Place to face the Canucks. Both teams with Injuries, Canucks with bigger ones, this will be a energy filled game from players looking to get more ice time on their teams. Look for a tight battle, and might I say the Leafs could win.

Out in the Burgh, the Devils catch up with the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. Looks like there’s no rust on these kids, as they’re off to the best start in Pittsburgh history. I still expect a close affair with Brodeur being himself again, though the Pens should still prevail.

Then out in the south, the hot flying Sabres duel with the Lightning. Now with Vanek back for Buffalo, look for their offense to be even stronger. I actually think Tampa could win this one, only if they get stellar goaltending, which is hard to come by so far.

Overall, in the early games, there are some great match ups.

If your looking for offense look no further then San Jose @ Atlanta, if your looking for a tight battle, check out New York @ Montreal.

Best Matchup: a currently well playing New Jersey @ Pittsburgh.