Forgive the San Jose Sharks if they feel like they're a little sleepy when the puck drops on Saturday.
The Sharks begin the Eastern phase of a seven-game road trip when they pay a rare visit to Boston, the first of 11 games on the NHL schedule. Coach Todd McLellan will have to make sure his troops are ready for the early start -- the 1 p.m. ET faceoff comes at 10 a.m. back on the West Coast, where they Sharks played their first two games after the All-Star break, including Wednesday's 4-3 win at Anaheim. Boston is coming off Thursday's wild 6-3 win against Dallas.
There are two other matinees on Saturday's schedule. At 2 p.m. ET, the New York Rangers try to bounce back from Thursday's 3-2 home loss to New Jersey when they visit Montreal, a game that will be shown in Canada on CBC and RDS. The Canadiens have been off since Wednesday's 3-2 win against Florida. An hour later, Anaheim begins a road trip at Colorado, where the Avs lost 4-3 to Minnesota on Thursday.
The action then heats up at 7 p.m. ET, when five games face off.
The Stars head for Philadelphia and a date with the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers, who are coming off a 3-2 home win against Nashville on Thursday. That game can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States. Toronto looks for its third win in a row when it visits Buffalo, a game that can be seen as part of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. Ottawa, idle since its 7-5 home loss to Detroit on Wednesday, visits the Islanders -- the Senators' lone win in their last 15 games came on their last trip to the Nassau Coliseum last month. That game can be seen in parts of Canada on CBC.
Carolina, a 3-0 loser at Toronto on Thursday, can pass Atlanta for eighth place in the East by beating the visiting Thrashers, who've lost to the Islanders and Calgary in their two games since the break. Also at 7, Edmonton visits Columbus.
An hour later, Nashville comes home for a meeting with Detroit and Phoenix, a 6-0 loser at home to Vancouver on Wednesday, hosts Minnesota.
The last game of the night faces off at 10 p.m. ET when Los Angeles visits Calgary. The Kings had two days off after Wednesday's 3-1 win at Edmonton, while the Flames return to the Scotiabank Saddledome with a six-game winning streak after Thursday's 4-2 win at Atlanta.