It's been more than 10 years since the Los Angeles Kings
were atop the NHL standings this late in the season, but Terry Murray
's club can grab sole possession of first place in the League as part of Monday's eight-game schedule.
The Kings, who earned a 3-2 shootout win against the Dallas Stars
at the Staples Center on Saturday night, begin a four-game road trip on Monday as they visit the Vancouver Canucks
at GM Place at 10 p.m. With 45 points, Los Angeles is currently tied with the San Jose Sharks
for the Western Conference lead and just one point behind the Washington Capitals
, who are idle on Monday.
Five games are slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Flyers
will look to get back on the right track as they visit the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden in a preview of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The Flyers have lost their last two games and are currently in last place in the Atlantic Division.
The battle of Ontario also resumes in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators
at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs have won seven of their last 10 games to climb back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the New York Islanders
aim to get back to the .500 mark as they host the Florida Panthers
at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The New York Rangers
are also in action across the East River as they take on the Atlanta Thrashers
at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts are the only team in the Atlantic Division that is below the .500 mark on home ice (7-8-1).
The Columbus Blue Jackets
, who have won only twice in their last 10 games, host the Nashville Predators
at Nationwide Arena. Nashville was denied a three-game winning streak when it suffered a 3-2 overtime loss on home ice to the Detroit Red Wings
Two games get under way at 7:30 p.m. ET -- the Montreal Canadiens
host the Buffalo Sabres
in a Northeast Division showdown (Versus in the U.S., RDS in Canada), while the Phoenix Coyotes
visit Detroit. Phoenix is 19-11-2, just five points behind Los Angeles and San Jose in the Pacific Division.