The first scheduled matchup of the decade between Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins will be broadcast live from Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the first meeting between Ovechkin and Crosby since they filled both nets in a seven-game playoff series won by the Penguins last spring.
Washington, which sits atop the Southeast Division, is tied with Buffalo for the Eastern Conference lead with 66 points. Ovechkin's plus-28 leads the League and he ranks second in the NHL in points (64), goals (30) and shots (209).
The Stanley Cup-champion Penguins recently completed a five-game road trip (3-2) and are home to the New York Islanders tonight. They are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 61 points. Crosby is on pace for his first 40-plus-goal season and is tied for fourth in League scoring with 57 points.
The 2010 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will air Wednesday from Windsor, Ontario, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Team rosters are comprised of 2010 NHL Draft-eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. One team will be coached by the legendary Bobby Orr, the other by the irrepressible Don Cherry.
Friday night, two of the NCAA's powerhouses face off at 8:00 p.m. ET to cap off three days of top-flight competition on NHL Network U.S. Denver, the top-ranked team in the nation, takes on No. 3 Wisconsin in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association showdown in Madison, Wisconsin.
U.S. NHL Network Schedule – Highlighted Games For Week of Jan. 18
|Wednesday, Jan. 20||CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, Jan. 21||Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Jan 22||NCAA Hockey: Denver (1) at Wisconsin (3), 8:00 p.m.|