Weekend Sports Preview–NHL, Curling, Bobsledding

The 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts starts today in Red Deer at the Enmax Centrium.

The best women’s curling team from every province is represented at the National Championship with the winner representing Canada at the 2012 Women’s World Curling Championship in Lethbridge.

The TV draw times this weekend are 1pm and 6pm today, 8:30am, 1:30pm and 6:30pm Sunday and 8:30am, 1:30pm and 7:30pm Monday on TSN.

In today’s opening draw, Team Canada represented by Amber Holland of Yorkton, Saskatchewan takes on the Newfoundland and Labrador champion Heather Strong of St. John’s, a 10-time provincial champion.

Tomorrow I’m taking the bus to Red Deer, to see Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, my favourite to win the Championship, and 2008 World Champion, take on Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin, representing Alberta for the second time as a skip.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching this weekend:

Saturday–Women’s World Bobsled Championship–5pm–Sportsnet–Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries and Edmonton’s Jennifer Ciochetti lead at the halfway point of the Women’s World Bobsled Championship in Lake Placid, New York. Humphries and Ciochetti, who won a World Cup race last weekend at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, lead Germans Sandra Kiriasis and Petra Lammert by 0.41  seconds.

Saturday–NHL–Calgary Flames @ Los Angeles Kings–8pm–CBC–In a big game in the Western Conference Standings, the Los Angeles Kings host the Calgary Flames. The Kings currently lead the Flames by two points in the standings. The Kings are led by Anze Kopitar, who has 50 points and goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has six shutouts. The Flames are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars and have played very well on the road lately despite their many injuries. They are 3-0-4 in their last seven games away from the Scotiabank Saddledome.


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