The Philadelphia Flyers look to win their sixth consecutive game and extend their lead atop the NHL standings when they host the Florida Panthers in one of seven games on Monday night's schedule.
The Flyers and Panthers are one of three games that get the action going with a 7 p.m. ET start. Philadelphia's 49 points are five more than Western Conference-leading Detroit has compiled. Also getting under way around that time, the Atlanta Thrashers attempt to reclaim first place in the Southeast Division when they travel to face the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins try to move up in the East standings as they're paid a visit by one of the West's contenders, the Anaheim Ducks.
The Carolina Hurricanes, currently four points behind the Bruins for eighth in the East, shoot for their fifth win in a row when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in one of two games with a 7:30 p.m. start. In the other, the Pittsburgh Penguins hope to put back-to-back losses behind them as they host the Phoenix Coyotes.
Two more 8 p.m. games wrap up the Monday slate. The Vancouver Canucks drop in on the St. Louis Blues, aiming to tie Colorado for first place in the Northwest with a victory, while the Minnesota Wild attempt to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Calgary Flames when the teams meet at the Xcel Energy Center.