After four days off, the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to mind an early call on Sunday.
The Penguins, who've been idles since winning 5-1 at Ottawa on Tuesday, host the New York Rangers on Sunday in NBC's NHL Game of the Week, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Despite playing without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and a number of other injured players, the Penguins are 5-1-2 in their last eight games.
The Rangers are coming off a 6-3 home win against Montreal on Friday, but are hoping goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be able to play -- he has a stiff neck after a goalmouth collision with Montreal's Benoit Pouliot late in Friday's game.
The Rangers-Penguins game, which can also be seen in Canada on the NHL Network, is the first of six on Sunday's schedule.
At 5 p.m. ET, the Columbus Blue Jackets try to build on Saturday's 5-4 OT win at Minnesota when they host New Jersey. The Devils, the NHL's hottest team in the second half of the season, are coming off a 3-0 home loss to Washington on Friday. Also at 5, Nashville visits Buffalo, an 8-2 winner against Atlanta on Saturday. An hour later, the Wild try to bounce back from Saturday's loss when they host Montreal -- a game that can be seen in Canada on RDS and CBC.
The last two games get under way at 8 p.m. ET. Chicago, a 5-0 loser at Dallas on Thursday, visits Phoenix, where the Coyotes are back home after completing a perfect 4-0-0 trip with a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Friday. Also at 8, Calgary begins a four-game trip with a visit to Anaheim in a game between two teams jockeying for one of the final playoff berths in the Western Conference.