The New Jersey Devils are glad to be home after a six-game trip that began 12 days ago in New York. The Rangers return the visit on Friday night when they come to the Prudential Center for the first time this season in one of eight games on the schedule.
The Devils will have backup Johan Hedberg in goal for the 7 p.m. ET start, with Martin Brodeur still ailing from a shot to his elbow last game. He had to leave Wednesday's 5-3 win at Chicago after taking a shot in the elbow.
Also at 7 p.m., Boston tries for its third win in a month against the Washington Capitals when the Bruins come to the Verizon Center. That game can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States. Boston is coming off a 5-2 win at Buffalo on Wednesday, the same night the Caps outlasted Toronto 5-4 in a shootout.
A half-hour later, the Sabres try to rebound from the loss to the Bruins when they host the Montreal Canadiens in a game that can be seen in Canada on RDS and TSN. The Canadiens have been off since Tuesday's 3-0 loss at Columbus. Also at 7:30, Southeast Division rivals Carolina and Florida meet in Sunrise, Fla. Carolina is coming off a 7-2 rout of the New York Islanders on Wednesday; the Panthers fired 55 shots at Atlanta the same night but lost 4-3.
At 8 p.m. ET, Calgary will try to break out of its slump by winning at Minnesota. The Flames lost 2-1 at home to Detroit on Wednesday. At 8:30, Pacific Division rivals meet when Phoenix visits Dallas for the first time this season.
Detroit goes for an Alberta sweep when it visits Edmonton at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Oilers have had two nights off after a 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday.
In the late game, Pittsburgh continues a Western trip with a visit to Anaheim at 10 p.m. ET. Both teams played Wednesday, with Pittsburgh losing 5-2 at Dallas and Anaheim rallying to beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in OT.