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Habs-B's on NHL Network highlights hectic Thursday

Wednesday, 01.11.2012 / 9:44 PM / Schedule

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Habs-B's on NHL Network highlights hectic Thursday
The NHL's most bitter rivalry will be renewed again when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins in one of 11 games on Thursday's schedule.
The NHL's most bitter rivalry will be renewed again when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins in one of 11 games on Thursday's schedule.

The Canadiens swept a home-and-home series against the Bruins in late October, capping a month that saw Boston go 3-7-0. But since then, the Bruins have been almost unbeatable -- they are 24-4-1, including a 5-3 home win against Winnipeg on Tuesday that saw them rally with three third-period goals. Things haven't been going as well for the Canadiens, who fell to 13th in the East with a 3-0 home loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.

The NHL Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Canadian fans can tune in on RDS or TSN.

Also at 7: Two of the NHL's hottest teams get together when the New York Rangers host Ottawa, and Philadelphia tries to continue its dominance of the New York Islanders when it visits the Nassau Coliseum.

Two more games get under way at 7:30. Carolina tries to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday when it visits Tampa Bay, where the Lightning lost 5-4 to Vancouver in a shootout the same night. Also, Detroit is back home after a 5-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday to host Phoenix, a 2-1 shootout loser to the Rangers in New York on Tuesday.

Another pair of games start at 8 p.m. ET, including a showdown for the Western Conference lead. St. Louis can jump over Vancouver by beating the Canucks in regulation at Scottrade Center, where the Blues have a League-high 17 home wins. Colorado visits Nashville in the back end of a home-and-home series that began with the Predators winning 4-1 in Denver on Tuesday.

At 8:30 ET, Chicago tries to build on Tuesday's 5-2 win against Columbus when it hosts Minnesota, a 5-4 shootout winner against San Jose in its last game. The Sharks continue their road trip in Winnipeg.

An hour later, Calgary goes for its eighth straight home win when the Anaheim Ducks come to Scotiabank Saddledome. In the final game of the night, the Dallas Stars, a 5-2 loser at Anaheim on Tuesday, stay in Southern California for a visit to Los Angeles. The Kings have been off since beating Washington 5-2 at the Staples Center on Monday.
Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4