The Montreal Canadiens hope their first trip to TD Garden this season ends up better than their last visit.
The Canadiens head to Boston for one of 11 games on Thursday's NHL schedule. Their last trip, exactly six months earlier, resulted in one of the most painful defeats in recent franchise history -- a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. It sent Montreal home for the summer -- and started the Bruins on their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1972.
Neither team is off to a good start. Montreal beat Philadelphia 5-1 on Thursday but is just 2-5-2 in nine games. Boston has been off since a 4-2 home loss to San Jose last Saturday that dropped the Bruins to 3-5-0.
The NHL Network will televise the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. It can be seen in Canada on RDS.
TSN will air a doubleheader for Canadian fans, highlighted by the first game in the remodeled Madison Square Garden. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the visitors as the New York Rangers finally play their home opener after opening with seven straight road games -- a stretch capped by Monday's 2-1 win at Winnipeg. That game also begins at 7, as do three others: Columbus at Buffalo, Winnipeg at Philadelphia and the New York Islanders at Pittsburgh.
A half-hour later, Florida tries to build on Monday's 2-1 win at Montreal when it visits Ottawa. The Senators won 3-2 in a shootout at Carolina on Tuesday for their third consecutive victory.
Anaheim continues a long road trip with a visit to Minnesota in a game starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Ducks lost 3-2 in a shootout at Chicago on Tuesday, while the Wild have been off since a 3-2 OT loss at Vancouver on Saturday. At 8:30, Los Angeles comes to Dallas for a rematch of the Kings' 1-0 victory in L.A. last Saturday. The Kings lost 3-0 to New Jersey at home on Tuesday, a game that ended only minutes after the Stars' 3-2 shootout win in Phoenix.
Unbeaten Washington goes for its eighth consecutive win in a rare visit to Edmonton, a game that begins at 9:30 p.m. ET and can be seen in Canada on TSN. The Caps have been off since Saturday's 7-1 wipeout of Detroit, while the Oilers improved to 4-2-2 with a 3-2 home win against Vancouver on Tuesday.
In the last game of the night, New Jersey continues its road trip with a rare trip to Phoenix -- it's only the third time since 2003 that the Devils have come to the desert.