Hockey fans in the United States can settle in for a doubleheader Saturday, as the NHL Network airs two of the biggest games on the League's 12-game schedule.
The network will be on hand at Staples Center when the Los Angeles Kings host the Detroit Red Wings in a game that starts at 4 p.m. ET. The Kings are coming off a 5-3 win in Anaheim on Thursday that gave them a home-and-home sweep of the Ducks, while the Wings are trying to rebound after Thursday's 5-2 loss at San Jose.
Three hours later, the New York Rangers will try for their eighth win in a row when they make their 203rd Saturday night visit to Montreal. Both teams are coming off games on Long Island -- the Rangers won 4-2 on Tuesday, while the Canadiens lost 4-3 two nights later. The game can also be seen in Canada on CBC and RDS.
Saturday's action actually begins at 3 p.m. ET when the Philadelphia Flyers, coming off a 2-1 win against Phoenix on Thursday, visit Winnipeg in a rematch of last month's wild 9-8 Jets win in Philadelphia. That game can also be seen in Canada on CBC.
In addition to the Rangers and Canadiens, four other games begin at 7.
Toronto hosts Washington in a battle of struggling teams that lost 4-1 Thursday -- Washington was beaten in Winnipeg while Toronto was losing in Nashville. That game is also available on CBC in Canada. Phoenix visits Buffalo, where the Sabres are home after Friday's 1-0 win at Carolina. The Islanders host Boston, which beat Columbus 2-1 in a shootout Thursday for its seventh in a row. New Jersey, a 5-3 winner at Buffalo on Wednesday, is at Tampa Bay -- where the Lightning have won six in a row at home after beating Pittsburgh 4-1 on Thursday.
The Penguins move on to Sunrise, Fla., for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Panthers, who are home after a 4-1 loss at St. Louis on Thursday.
Three more games get under way at 8 p.m. ET. Columbus tries for its first road win at Nashville, St. Louis visits Minnesota, where the Wild opened a homestand by beating Colorado 1-0 on Thursday, and Dallas tries to bounce back from Friday's 3-0 loss at Colorado when it hosts San Jose.
In the final game of the night, Chicago continues its six-game road trip with a visit to Edmonton. Both teams are coming off 5-2 losses -- the Hawks were trounced Friday at Calgary, while the Oilers dropped their fourth in a row at home to Ottawa on Thursday. The game can be seen on CBC as the final piece of a "Hockey Night in Canada."