Burnside: This week's games to watch

Monday: Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET)

The Kings have floundered of late, winning just once in their past seven outings and woke up Monday in ninth place in the Western Conference. They are just 5-7-0 on the road and face a Ducks team coming off a big win over red-hot Phoenix.

Prediction: Ducks keep Kings off balance at home.

Tuesday: Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET)

The Red Wings are coming off a big home-and-home sweep of upstart Columbus and opened the week on top of the conference standings. They will visit a Sharks team that has lost only two regulation games in its past 11 yet finds itself outside the playoff bubble in 10th place as the week begins.

Prediction: Sharks take bite out of Red Wings.

Wednesday: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET)

The Bruins have just one win in their past five games but still boast one of the best road records (8-3-0) in the conference. The Flyers are rocking, though, with points in five straight games (3-0-2).

Prediction: Look for extra time in this one, but the Bruins will prevail.

Thursday: Atlanta Thrashers at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET)

The Thrashers hit the road for three straight this week, riding a five-game win streak that has vaulted them into the middle of the playoff mix in the conference. Pittsburgh, led by NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby, has won six straight and is 8-1-1 in its past 10. Marc-Andre Fleury appears to have found his mojo once again.

Prediction: Should be a good one, but the Pens keep it rolling.

Friday: Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET)

A sort of homecoming for Columbus coach Scott Arniel, who was an assistant in Buffalo for three years as well as playing for the Sabres. He'll be trying to keep his Blue Jackets from going off the rails after twin beatings at the hands of the Red Wings this past weekend. Meanwhile, the Sabres will be well rested, having been off since Saturday's 3-1 loss in Montreal. The Sabres are a woeful 4-8-1 at home this season.

Prediction: Sabres come up with a rare home W.

Last Week: 3-2