It's always a festive mood when the New York Rangers
face off with the New York Islanders
, though it's not likely the Atlantic Division rivals will be exchanging much in the way of holiday cheer when they meet Monday night at Madison Square Garden as part of a six-game NHL schedule.
The Islanders, who won their third in a row Sunday against the Canadiens, will try to extend their streak at the expense of the Rangers in the opening game of the night. The first puck drops shortly after 7 p.m.
A pair of games get under way at 7:30 p.m. The Columbus Blue Jackets
host the Minnesota Wild
, with each team coming off a 4-1 loss on Sunday, while the Boston Bruins
travel to take on the Florida Panthers
in a battle between teams that got an extra day off to enjoy their Christmas presents and digest their holiday meals.
At 9 p.m., fans will be treated to the latest installment between the Colorado Avalanche
and the Detroit Red Wings
, who meet at the Pepsi Center. Meanwhile, in a cross-conference showdown, the Calgary Flames
welcome in the Buffalo Sabres
. Goalie Ryan Miller
, should he start for the Sabres, would be seeking his 200th NHL win.
Finishing up the night's action at 10:30 p.m., the San Jose Sharks
host the Los Angeles Kings
in a Pacific Division