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Monday, October 25, 2010
Burnside: This week's games to watch

By Scott Burnside

In addition to picking the best games of the week, we’ve added our predictions for these key matchups.

Tuesday: Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames (9 p.m. ET)

The Oilers have lost four in a row and look ready for full free-fall action. The Flames, meanwhile, are trying to prove their slumbering offense has finally emerged from summer hibernation.

Prediction: Flames in a walkover.

Wednesday: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET)

Carolina plays its first game in Raleigh after opening the season in Helsinki and then traveling to the West Coast. They host a Washington team that has been strangely silent offensively over the past week or so.

Prediction: Capitals ruin Canes' homecoming in Raleigh.

Thursday: St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators (8 p.m.)

The Predators began the week as the only team in the league without a regulation loss, while the Blues have lost just once in regulation. Combined, the two Central Division foes are an impressive 9-1-5.

Prediction: Jaroslav Halak outduels Pekka Rinne.

Thursday: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET)

The top two teams in the Pacific Division square off. The Kings will not get Drew Doughty back from injury to help with their need for more offense, while the Stars are hoping to build on a terrific start with what has been one of the most prolific offenses of this early season.

Prediction: Stars continue hot hand at home.

Friday: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET)

The Battle of Pennsylvania is always a treat to watch (and we don't mean trick or treat, in spite of this game's proximity to Halloween). The Pens won the most recent matchup 5-1 and are getting healthy ,with Arron Asham expected to join the lineup this week and Jordan Staal back on the ice, although a return to action isn't yet in the cards. The Flyers, meanwhile, are looking to put together a streak of their own, having ended a three-game slide by beating Toronto on Saturday.

Prediction: Penguins continue to vex their cross-state rivals.