Saturday matinees are a hockey tradition in Boston, so it’s not surprising that the Bruins and New York Rangers have an early call this Saturday.
The Original Six rivals meet for the third time this season when the Rangers come to TD Garden for a 1 p.m. ET faceoff, the start of a busy 12-game day of NHL hockey. Both teams are coming off home games on Thursday -- but while the Bruins played perhaps their best game of the season in a 7-0 wipeout of Montreal, the Rangers looked sluggish in a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa.
In Saturday's other afternoon game, Colorado visits Los Angeles at 4 p.m. ET. The struggling Avs lost 4-3 at home to Toronto on Thursday, the same night the Kings beat San Jose 4-3 in a shootout at home.
The action resumes at 7 p.m. ET with five games, all of which have playoff implications.
Washington, the NHL's hottest team entering the weekend, completes a six-game road trip at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the same place the trip began 12 days ago. The game can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States and on CBC and RDS in Canada.
Toronto goes for a sweep of a three-game trip when it visits Detroit, a game that can also be seen in parts of Canada on CBC. The Wings have been off since Wednesday's 2-1 home loss to Vancouver.
Buffalo, eighth in the East, hosts New Jersey and Tampa Bay visits Carolina in the back end of a home-and-home series. Philadelphia, trying to hold off Washington for first in the East, visits the New York Islanders. The Flyers, who've tied a League record by playing four consecutive shootouts, lost 2-1 in a tiebreaker to Pittsburgh on Thursday, while the Isles fell 2-1 in regulation to Atlanta.
Two more games start at 8 p.m. ET. Dallas begins a five-game trip at Nashville in a battle between two Western Conference playoff contenders. Both teams are coming off home games against Anaheim -- the Stars lost 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday, while the Predators held on to beat the Ducks 5-4 on Thursday. Also at 8, St. Louis visits Minnesota.
The Ducks continue their trip with a game in Chicago that gets under way at 8:30. The Hawks, who've had two days off since blanking Florida 4-0 on Wednesday, start a stretch that will see them play nine games in the season's final 16 days.
Phoenix can pull even in points with Pacific Division-leading San Jose when the Sharks come to Jobing.com Arena for a 9 p.m. ET start. The Coyotes improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games by blanking Columbus 3-0 on Thursday.
In the final game of the night, Calgary visits Edmonton in the Battle of Alberta, a game that can be seen as the second half of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader. The Flames are desperate for points after concluding an 0-1-2 swing through California with a 6-3 loss at San Jose on Wednesday. Edmonton's 4-0 loss at St. Louis on Thursday was its eighth in a row.