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Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 9:54 PM / Schedule

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The New Jersey Devils have been the NHL's hottest team in the second half. They hope to continue their surge toward the playoffs when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the Prudential Center for one of five games on Friday's NHL schedule.

After going 10-29-2 in the first half, the Devils improved to 18-2-2 in their last 22 games with a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The Penguins come to Newark after a 3-2 overtime loss at Toronto on Wednesday.

The NHL Network will televise the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

A half-hour later, the New York Rangers will try to rebound from a 3-1 home loss to Minnesota on Thursday when they visit Ottawa. The Senators are back home after Thursday's 3-1 win at Atlanta. That game can be seen in Canada on TSN and RDS.

At 8:30 p.m. ET, Chicago goes for its sixth consecutive win when the Carolina Hurricanes come to the United Center. The Hawks extended their winning streak to five games by beating Calgary 6-4 on Wednesday. The Flames are home for a 9 p.m. ET game against Columbus.

In the final game of the night, Dallas visits Anaheim for a 10 p.m. ET faceoff. The Pacific Division rivals are coming off emotional wins -- the Stars beat Phoenix 3-2 on Tuesday on Jamie Benn's power-play goal with 4.8 seconds left in regulation. The Ducks topped Detroit 2-1 on Wednesday on Bobby Ryan's penalty-shot goal in OT.
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For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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