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Thursday, 04.01.2010 / 12:39 AM / Season Preview

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Canucks-Kings highlights Thursday's schedule
The Los Angeles Kings and rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier will continue their playoff push as part of the NHL's eight-game schedule on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Kings and rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier will continue their playoff push as part of the NHL's eight-game schedule on Thursday night.

Bernier, who blanked the Nashville Predators in a 2-0 victory on Tuesday, will get the nod again when the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks at 10:30 p.m. ET. Los Angeles, which last made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2002, sits in seventh place in the Western Conference with 92 points, while the Canucks (46-26-4) are closing in on a Northwest Division title.

The Kings-Canucks showdown can be seen in the U.S. on the NHL Network.

Thursday's action gets under way with four games at 7 p.m. ET. The Boston Bruins, who are just two points ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, battle the Florida Panthers, 6-2 losers at Buffalo on Wednesday, at TD Garden. Meanwhile, the Thrashers (34-31-12) face a tough task in Washington as they take on the Capitals at the Verizon Center. That game can be seen in the U.S. on Versus. Atlanta won 3-2 at Toronto on Tuesday, the same night the Caps dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Ottawa.

Also, the Philadelphia Flyers search for their 16th consecutive win against the New York Islanders as the teams collide at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, while the Sabres are in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs (TSN in Canada).

Two more games begin at 7:30 p.m. ET -- the Senators host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place (RDS in Canada), while the red-hot Detroit Red Wings look to make it seven in a row against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings beat Edmonton 5-4 on Tuesday, a game that ended not long after the Jackets topped Tampa Bay 3-2.

Finally, at 8 p.m. ET, the Predators continue their push for the No. 5 seed in the West against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena. The Blues are still clinging to playoff hopes after a 4-2 home win over Chicago on Tuesday.
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