1. Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings
Details: Wednesday, October 2 @ 8:00 PM ET - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
Watch Here: NBCSN with XFINITY
Why Watch: Detroit is all in this season as they re-signed their leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk, and brought on veteran Daniel Alfredsson. The Red Wings truely believe it will be a memorable year in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Sabres bring a youthful club to the rink, as their roster ranks the youngest of the 30 NHL squads (avg. age of 26.41). We know The Wings are anticipating a big year, and the Sabres youthful team means we can expect the unexpected on NHL Rivalry Night on NBCSN.
#5ToFollow Insider: Graham Hathway - @GrahamWIIM
Graham Hathway writers for the SB Nation blog Winging It In Motown. Hathway is ready for the puck to drop on the 2013-14 season and will bring you NHL coverage with a shade of red on Twitter.
2. Stanford vs. UCLA
Details: Wednesday, October 2 @ 10:30 PM ET - Pauley Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Watch Here: Pac-12 Network on XFINITY
Why Watch: The Pac-12 is stacked with multiple volleyball teams in the Top 25 ranks and Wednesday No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 16 UCLA hits the floor in the Pauley Pavilion. This Bruins team is looking to rebound after dropping two tough matches on the road in conference play, while Stanford is rolling in with a 7-match win streak. There are two players who you can’t miss Wednesday night in LA, UCLA’s Karsta Lowe, coming off a 15 kill game and Stanford Senior Rachel Williams, who registered a double-double in her last outing with 11 kills and 12 digs. Don’t miss this #Pac12wvb match Wednesday.
#5ToFollow Insider: Stanford Volleyball - @StanfordWVB
How does a team reach a national top-10 ranking? Hard work, dedication, practice, and execution. The Stanford Volleyball handle shows you every step of the way in 140 characters or less. Make sure you're following before Wednesday's match with UCLA.
3. PGA Tour: Presidents Cup
Details: Thursday, October 3 @ 12:00 PM ET - Muirfield Village - Dublin, OH
Watch Here: Golf Channel with XFINITY
Why Watch: The US Team holds a 7-1-1 record leading into 10th annual #PresCup tournament. The best golf pros will tee off in this classic tournament Thursday, as it’s the international team vs. the best of the US. This weekend will feature every golf fan’s dream matchups: Woods vs. Scott, Mickelson vs. Day, and Stricker vs. Schwartzel. Make sure to use the hashtag #PresCup to join the conversation on twitter, as you stream the world’s best pros as they tee off on Thursday afternoon.
#5ToFollow Insider: The Presidents Cup - @PresidentsCup
Let the Presidents Cup official handle be your caddy to this weekend's PGA Tournament. They'll be tweeting out behind-the-scenes pics, scoring updates, and more from Muirfield. Whether you are Team #GoUSA or Team #GoINTL, follow @PresidentsCup for the tournament’s best online coverage.
4. Texas vs. Iowa State
Details: Thursday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM ET - Jack Trice Stadium - Ames, IA
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch: The turmoil in Texas could come to a halt with a convincing win Thursday night against a #Big12 opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones. This Longhorn team is an offensive juggernaut, but the problem lies on the other side of the ball. The Texas defense will have their hands full trying to stop the Cyclones RB Aaron Wimberley. Wimberley toted the rock 19 times for 137 yards last Saturday vs. Tulsa, and will certainly be an offensive threat for Iowa State on Thursday. Get ready for an old-fashioned Texas shootout Thursday night as the Cyclones and Longhorns kickoff College Football’s Week 6 on ESPN.
#5ToFollow Insider: Chip Brown - @ChipBrownOB
Chip Brown covers the Longhorns for Orange Bloods and ESPN Austin. He's as familiar with the program as anyone and will have great insights into a game with a school that looks to be on the brink of breaking down.
5. Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild
Details: Thursday, October 3 @ 8:00 PM ET - Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN
Watch Here: NBCSN with XFINITY
Why Watch: Lofty goals are set for the LA Kings, winners of the Stanley Cup in 2012, as many project them to hoist trophy upon the 2013-14 season’s completion. The Kings are built on defense, with Drew Doughty and Slava Voynoy patrolling the ice, and Jonathan Quick tending the net. The Wild were a playoff team last season and could make quite a statement with a win vs. the Kings Thursday night. They’ve got a superstar in 19-year-old Jonas Brodin, make sure to keep your eye on him while you stream the Kings vs. Wild Thursday night.
#5ToFollow Insider: The LA Kings - @LAKings
The Kings are my favorite team to follow on Twitter. They are informative, funny, and will deliver great access to the team before, during, and after the game. Make sure click follow today and get ready to be entertained throughout the NHL season.
For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy,@XFINITYSports.