An intriguing cross-conference showdown provides NHL fans with an early Christmas present Monday night as the Boston Bruins' game at TD Garden against the Anaheim Ducks will be televised nationally by Versus in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Each team currently holds down the eighth and final playoff spot in its respective conference. The Bruins (17-10-4) are four points ahead of the Hurricanes and will be trying to make it back-to-back wins after edging the Capitals on Saturday. The Ducks (17-15-4) have the division rival Kings and Coyotes right on their tail, just one point back, and are looking for their first win in three games.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic