The Detroit Red Wings have been among the NHL's hottest teams in the last couple of weeks, and they aim to stay that way.
The Wings, coming off a 7-3 win against St. Louis on Wednesday, go for their fifth consecutive victory when they host the Minnesota Wild in one of nine games on Friday's NHL schedule. Detroit is 6-1-0 this month, but figures to be tested by a Minnesota team that's coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Anaheim.
The Wild-Wings game is one of three that start at 7:30 p.m. ET. In the others, Washington will try to beat the Thrashers for the second time in six days when it visits Atlanta in a game that can be seen in the U.S. on the NHL Network, and Los Angeles, coming off a 5-3 home loss against Columbus on Wednesday, starts a road trip in Buffalo. The Sabres come home after a 4-2 loss at Washington on Wednesday.
Those games start a half-hour after Carolina and Pittsburgh drop the puck at the Consol Energy Center. Both teams are coming off home wins on Wednesday -- Carolina beat Ottawa 7-1 while the Penguins topped Vancouver 3-1.
The Senators move on to St. Louis for an 8:30 p.m. ET start. Two other games start at 9 -- the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche meet in Denver, while Phoenix is at Edmonton. The Rangers begin a quick two-game trip after a 3-2 home loss to Boston on Wednesday, while the Avs try to sweep a three-game homestand after Wednesday's 4-3 OT win against San Jose.
Chicago, which started its annual "Circus Trip" with a 5-0 win at Edmonton on Wednesday, visits Calgary at 9:30 in a game that can be seen in Canada on TSN. The Flames are trying to bounce back after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Phoenix.
The last game of the night starts at 10 p.m. ET, with Columbus continuing its California swing with a stop in Anaheim.