Burnside: This week's games to watch

Monday: Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET)

There's a little bad blood between these two teams since Philadelphia captain Mike Richards ripped rookie defenseman P.K. Subban after the Canadiens knocked off the Flyers last week. The Flyers are coming off a big win in Washington, and the Habs are coming off a shutout of Toronto.

Prediction: Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Flyers.

Wednesday: Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET)

The Avs continue to produce offense, ranking third overall in the league in goals per game, but they also allow more than they'd like. Vancouver, meanwhile, is struggling to put quality starts together, even at home.

Prediction: The Canucks get back on track at the expense of their Northwest Division rivals.

Wednesday: Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET)

The Blackhawks have moved out of the United Center to make way for the circus and head to San Jose for a repeat of last season's Western Conference final. The Blackhawks have yet to find their groove, but the Sharks likewise can't seem to find any traction in spite of their talent-laden squad.

Prediction: It may take extra time, but Chicago comes away with the two points.

Friday: Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET)

Another good test for the red-hot Blue Jackets fresh off a franchise-record three-game sweep on the West Coast. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are rolling and will want to put some ground between themselves and their Central Division challengers.

Prediction: Back to Earth for Columbus and two points for Detroit.

Friday: New Jersey Devils at the New York Islanders (1 p.m. ET)

Welcome to the Draft Lottery Cup, as two of the worst teams in the NHL square off.

Prediction: Not sure who'll win, but it's guaranteed to be ugly. Oh, OK, Devils.

Last week: 3-2