Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Islanders – 4pm NHL GameCenter: The two top teams in the Metropolitan division square off.
Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: It’s the top two teams in the East. Yes! Really!
Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators – 5pm NHLN: Capitals coach Barry Trotz makes his first visit back to Smashville after 17 years at the helm of the Predators. A warm welcome off the ice is expected.
Portland Trailblazers at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30pm NBA League Pass: It’s a playoff preview, let’s be honest.
Saturday January 17th
Duke at Louisville – 9am ESPN: So Duke can’t win a game all of a sudden. Not a good place to try and stop a losing streak but if anybody can do it, it’s them.
Utah at Arizona – 4pm PAC 12 Network: Big game out West between top 10 teams.
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 5pm NBA-TV: It’s a tough match up for the Warriors especially since they had to battle OKC the night before.
Portland Trailblazers at Memphis Grizzlies – 6pm NBA League Pass: Another potential playoff match up.
Kansas at Iowa State – 6pm ESPN: Big game in the Big 12 and never an easy place to play. Jayhawks better bring their ‘A’ game and take care of the basketball.
Anaheim Ducks at LA Kings – 7pm NHL GameCenter: It’s two teams that have been very good over the last few years and they don’t like each other very much.
Sunday January 18th
Manchester City vs Arsenal – 8am NBCSN: Yep, this is happening.
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – 9:30am NBC: A little Sunday morning hockey for ya. Couldn’t hurt.
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Noon FOX: It’s probably what most of us thought would happen in the NFC.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots – 3:40pm CBS: Not what most of us thought would happen but hey, maybe Andrew Luck can will the Colts to a win?
UFC Fight Night – 7pm FS1: Most people are talking about Conor McGregor and that’s fine. Let us not forget about Benson Henderson taking on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Cowboy fought two weeks ago in Las Vegas and now gets a chance to redeem two losses on his record.
Anaheim Ducks @ Chicago Blackhawks – 5pm NHL Network: A battle between Western Conference leaders and possibly a preview of the Western Conference final. Chicago has struggles as of late and the Ducks are coming off of a 9-1 thrashing of Vancouver and are riding an eight game winning streak. But it’s in Chicago. Game on.
Saturday Jan. 18th
San Jose Sharks @ Tampa Bay Lightning – 11am NHL GameCenter: Not a bad game to start off your Saturday.
Oklahoma St @ Kansas – 1pm CBS: Another weekend and another big game for Kansas. While the tough run continues for KU the Oklahoma State must prove that they can win on the road against a top program.
Michigan @ Wisconsin – 3pm ESPN: Wisconsin looks to rebound from their first loss of the season at Indiana. They are still a quality team but as we’ve seen with Ohio State, if you start losing in the Big Ten it’s tough to get back on the good foot.
Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHL Network: What better for a Saturday night then two of the most storied teams in NHL history squaring off in Toronto?
Sunday Jan. 19th
Manchester United @ Chelsea – 8:00am NBCSN: Manchester United is just not the same sine Sir Alex left but they still have quality. Problem here is that they have to go to Stamford Bridge. –Apparently Rooney and Van Persie will not play for United.
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks – 9:30am NBC: A replay of years Stanley Cup final. Should be hard hitting and a hell of a game.
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos – Noon CBS: Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning for a chance to go to the Super Bowl? Yes please.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – 3:30pm FOX: What better way to end the NFL Playoffs then with arguably two of the best, who don’t like each other, meeting in Seattle. This should be one of the better games you’ve seen all season.
It might not be as festive as last weekend but the next four days have no shortage of sports drama.
San Jose Sharks @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 4pm Regional Broadcast: Believe it or not this is a very dynamic match up of leaders in their divisions. The Sharks head east with 43 points to their name while the Pens have 39 points and have yet to hit on all cylinders.
Louisville @ Cincinnati – 4:30pm ESPN: One of the final times (probably) to see Teddy Bridgewater as a collegiate QB. He and the Cardinals have to win if they want a chance at another BCS Game. Cincy still has a chance at a BCS berth but this game is really for the Keg of Nails and a piece of the conference championship.
MAC Title Game: Bowling Green State vs Northern Illinois – 5pm ESPN 2: Time for the MAC title game and it’s usually really, really good. Northern Illinois escaped last year beating #18 ranked Kent State in 2 OTs. The goal this year, DO THE SAME THING. NIU wins and they get into the BCS for the second straight year. QB Jordan Lynch also gets to improve his Heisman Trophy chances. Bowling Green and Head Coach Dave Clawson look to get to a 10 win season. Something even Urban Meyer couldn’t do at BGSU.
Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – 9am ABC: Bedlam. They call it that for a reason and both teams had two weeks to get ready for this one. OU can spoil the Cowboys possible Big 12 title and BCS Berth. OU owns the overall series but Oklahoma State won in Stillwater two years ago and last years game went into OT. Again, Bedlam.
Texas @ Baylor – 12:30pm FOX: Baylor wins and they get the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS along with Texas Head Coach Mack Brown possibly losing his job. Texas wins and they can go to the BCS with a Big 12 title if their old rival Oklahoma can bring home another Bedlam victory.
MLS CUP: Real Salt Lake @ Sporting KC – 1pm ESPN: It’s MLS Cup in one of the best venues in all of MLS. It’s two of the best teams led by two of the best coaches representing two of the best run organizations. Should be an absolute dandy. WELCOME TO BLUE HELL.
Big Ten Title Game: Ohio State vs Michigan State – 5:15pm FOX: It’s for all the marbles. Ohio State wins and they’re in the National Title game. Easier said then done as they have to go through one of the best defenses the Big Ten has ever seen in Michigan State.
Mountain West Title Game: Utah State @ Fresno State – 7pm CBS: Laugh all you want. Two amazing coaching jobs and two of the best teams you haven’t seen all year. End your night with what promises to be a good ole fashion wild west shootout.
Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles – 10am FOX: The Eagles found their wings with QB Nick Foles. The man has yet to throw in interception this season. But the Lions find the end zone like kids finding candy on Halloween.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – 1pm FOX:Seattle wrapped up a playoff berth with their dismantling of the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. They win this and they pretty much lock up the NFC West and get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. But it’s the Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll vs the 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. This rivalry goes back to their USC vs Stanford days. Harbaugh is not going down without a fight and the 49ers have looked really good over the last two weeks.
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints – 5:15pm NBC: It’s a fight for supremacy in the NFC South. This is the first of two games between two potential playoff teams over the next three weeks. Get ready.