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NHL Network to televise Pens-Rangers on Thursday

Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 12:45 AM / Schedule

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NHL Network to televise Pens-Rangers on Thursday
The New York Rangers' bid to regain sole possession of first place atop the League standings will be televised across the United States as part of an exciting 10-game schedule Thursday night.
The New York Rangers' bid to regain sole possession of first place atop the League standings will be televised across the United States as part of an exciting 10-game schedule Thursday night.

The Rangers, who enter Thursday's action tied with the Chicago Blackhawks atop the League standings with 62 points, host the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-17-4) at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the NHL Network in the U.S.

Four other games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Flyers, who have won 24 of the last 26 meetings with the New York Islanders, host the latter at the Wells Fargo Center.  In a game that can be seen on TSN in Canada, the Minnesota Wild will look to put an end to their road woes against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Also, the New Jersey Devils host Boston, while the Nashville Predators take on Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

The St. Louis Blues, who made news Wednesday with the signing of All-Star goalie Brian Elliott to a two-year contract extension, will host the Edmonton Oilers at the Scottrade Center at 8 p.m. ET. The Blues trail Chicago by just two points in the Central Division. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres -- who have lost three in a row -- will be in Winnipeg to take on the Jets at the MTS Centre at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Detroit Red Wings will be seeking their fifth straight win at 9 p.m. ET, when they'll face the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Detroit is 18-2-1 at home, but just 12-13-0 on the road.

Two more games get under way at 10:30 p.m. ET -- the Calgary Flames will be in Los Angeles to face the Kings, while the San Jose Sharks host Ottawa at HP Pavilion.
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