This week's NHL in-demand matchups

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Filip Chytil #72 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
Filip Chytil #72 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Here’s a look at the best matchups in the NHL this week.

New York Rangers at New York Islanders

Tuesday Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m.

The Battle of New York is not a matchup you want to miss. The Islanders are in the hunt for a wild card spot, and after acquiring forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on Monday, they might have that jolt of offensive power they’ve been searching for. The Rangers, lead by Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, are on the playoff bubble and need an incredible run down the to stretch to squeak in.

Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins

Tuesday Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m.

A high-talent matchup with playoff implications. The Flames are in a fight for a wild card slot out west, while the Bruins are looking to distance themselves a little further from the hard-charging Lightning from atop the Atlantic. Boston’s top line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron promises to put on a highlight-reel performance nightly.

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues

Tuesday Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m.

Any chance to see the defending Stanley Cup champions is a treat. The Blues are leading the West, thanks to performances by David Perron and Ryan O'Reilly, as well as last season’s unexpected hero, Jordan Binnington, in net. Despite not being a playoff contender, the Chicago Blackhawks remain appointment viewing as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews continue to fill the net.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers

Friday Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m.

A key Metropolitan matchup on a Friday night in Philly. The Rangers may be without two of their young stars, Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich, which might mean the King Henrik Lundqvist might be between the pipes. The Flyers are in a playoff race thanks to a lengthy point streak by Sean Couturier and consistent goaltending.

Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks

Saturday Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.

It’ll be a sentimental evening as recently traded Patrick Marleau returns to San Jose as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Led by a bounce-back season from Evgeni Malkin and the recent return of Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh is sitting comfortable in the postseason.

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