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11 games on a full day of hockey Saturday

Saturday, 03.20.2010 / 1:44 AM / Season Preview

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11 games on a full day of hockey Saturday
Hockey fans can enjoy another full day of NHL action on Saturday, with 11 games on the schedule going from coast to coast to coast and from early afternoon until late at night.

The day gets under way at 1 p.m. ET, when the Carolina Hurricanes come to Pittsburgh. The 'Canes are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Washington on Thursday, the same night the Penguins completed a five-game trip with a 3-0 victory at Boston.

An hour later, two struggling teams meet when Ottawa pays a rare visit to Dallas. Both clubs have struggled since the Olympic break and are coming off losses on Thursday -- Ottawa lost 6-3 at Atlanta, while the Stars dropped a 3-2 decision to Philadelphia at home.

Things perk up after dark, with a pair of games facing off at 7 p.m. ET

The Montreal Canadiens try for their seventh consecutive victory when they visit their longtime rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Habs have been off since a 3-1 victory at New York on Tuesday, while Toronto topped New Jersey 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday. The game can be seen on CBC, RDS and the NHL Network in the United States.

The Devils return home for a visit from the St. Louis Blues, who will be trying to make it 2-for-2 in the New York area after beating the Rangers 4-3 on Thursday.

Three more games start at 7:30 p.m. ET. Philadelphia visits Atlanta and Buffalo goes for a two-game sweep in Florida when it visits the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla. The Sabres won 6-2 at Tampa Bay on Thursday, the same night that Florida blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to Phoenix. The Lightning try to break out of their slump when the Washington Capitals come to the St. Pete Times Forum.

At 8 p.m., Columbus, a 4-2 winner over Minnesota on Friday, comes to Nashville. An hour later, the Phoenix Coyotes host Chicago in a game that will be joined in progress by the NHL Network in the U.S. after the conclusion of the Montreal-Toronto game.

After losing 3-2 in a shootout at Edmonton on Friday, Detroit will try to rebound at 10 p.m. when it visits Vancouver, which beat San Jose 3-2 on Thursday. In the final game of the night, the New York Islanders, 5-4 overttime losers at Anaheim on Friday, complete their Western trip with a visit to Los Angeles at 10:30. The Kings are coming off a 3-0 home loss to Chicago on Thursday.






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