Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 24, 2009

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3: Center Patrick O'Sullivan #19 of the Edmonton Oilers skates towards goalie Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames in a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Flames defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

With the first half of the night already begun there are some great matchups in the 2nd half of the evening.

The Stars will be in St Louis tonight, this might have been nothing to cheer about before, but both these two teams are strong this season. As long as Turco is back in form, Dallas will be a top team, and the Blues are this seasons Blackhawk’s. This will be a great game, look for a really good nail bitter and probably going into overtime and maybe a shootout.

As well as the first game, at 8pm the Canes will be playing against a weak, and Jacques Lemaire less Wild. It will take a long process, if ever for the team to become a different type of club. Look for the Canes to try to feast on the Wild, though I could see Minnesota pulling off a win.

In Chicago, the Blackhawks win-less in two face the Predators. With Nashville on a long road trip, look for them to not be able to get a full 60 minute effort. The Blackhawks will also rebound with a strong game. Should be at least a two goal differential for the Hawks.

In the big rivalry, the Avalanche host the Red Wings. This isn’t the same old meeting of these two teams. Different coaches, a new generation in Colorado versus a depleted Detroit team. Look for the ‘Lanche to keep their hot start going.

In the desert, the Coyotes meet up with an almost mirror image Kings. Both teams with the same record, both teams with a sub-par team in the past few years, and both up and coming. I expect a high scoring game, with the Kings just stealing this one in the end.

The old Alberta rivalry is alive and well in tonight’s meeting of the Oil and the Flame. As well in this matchup these two teams have the same record. Flames were expected to be a strong team with some great additions, the Oilers not so much. But coach Pat Quinn has really helped make this team move in the right directions. Expect the usual physical battle.

Last but not least, the Jackets are playing in the Honda Center tonight against the Ducks. Should be a low scoring game, as the talented Anaheim team has yet to put it together this year. I find that Ducks should start to find themselves, and this should be that game.

Overall, it’s a great night of hockey, if you’re looking for a fast paced game full of scoring chances look no further then LA at Phoenix.

Best Matchup: As usual, you can never go wrong with Edmonton at Calgary, a high tempo game, with great highlights, and great goaltending.

Remember to keep your eyes on the TV tonight, and have that hand on the remote if you can see more then one, and have a good night !