Thursday is a busy night in the NHL as 11 games are on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for all of them. The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets square off on NHL Network, at 7 p.m. ET, and we'll talk to Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who will be facing his former team for the first time. We'll also give you a live look at warm-ups in the early games in our Ice Pass.
In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks are looking for a 10th straight win against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is playing Game 2 of a four-game road trip which features the always difficult trip through California to also face the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, no one seems to be talking about how great the Minnesota Wild have been lately with six wins in their last seven games. On Thursday, they'll face a Washington Capitals team that has scored 16 goals in the last three games and has the best power play in the League.
Executive Director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean will also be on our set to review Try Hockey for Free Day and preview a great year in USA Hockey with the World Junior Championship and 2014 Sochi Olympics on the horizon.