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NHL Network tripleheader highlights hectic Saturday

Saturday, 01.21.2012 / 12:09 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network tripleheader highlights hectic Saturday
A battle between the top-two teams in the Eastern Conference starts off a hockey tripleheader Saturday for U.S. viewers on the NHL Network.
A battle between the top-two teams in the Eastern Conference starts off a hockey tripleheader Saturday for U.S. viewers on the NHL Network.

Beginning at 1 p.m. ET, fans can watch the New York Rangers (29-12-4, 62 points) visit the Boston Bruins (30-13-1, 61 points), with first place in the conference going to the winner.

Next up, at 4 p.m., the San Jose Sharks (26-13-5, 57 points) visit the Vancouver Canucks (28-15-4, 60 points) in another battle of division leaders. The Canucks are currently the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, with the Sharks right behind.

Completing the trifecta of top matchups, the Original Six rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs is renewed at 7 p.m. as the longtime foes clubs square off at Air Canada Centre.

Saturday's schedule also features 11 other games.

At 1 p.m., Philadelphia tries to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Thursday when it heads up the New Jersey Turnpike to visit the Devils, who are coming off a 4-1 home loss to Boston on the same night.

In another 4 p.m. start, Ottawa tries for two in a row on its West Coast trip when it takes on Anaheim. The Senators started their trip with a 4-1 win at San Jose on Thursday; the Ducks have been off since a 6-2 home win against Phoenix on Wednesday.

In addition to the Montreal-Toronto game, which can be seen in Canada on CBC and RDS, three more games start at 7. Carolina, a 3-0 winner at home against Washington on Friday, visits the Islanders. Winnipeg hosts Florida, a 3-1 loser at Chicago on Friday, and Detroit tries to extend its home winning streak to 16 games when it hosts Columbus.

An hour later, Buffalo tries to end a four-game losing streak when it visits St. Louis, which improved to 20-3-3 at home by beating Edmonton 1-0 on Thursday. Also at 8, Chicago visits Nashville, which is back home after a 3-0 win at Columbus on Thursday. The Coyotes, 3-2 shootout losers to Detroit on Thursday, host Tampa Bay, a 2-1 winner at Dallas on Friday.

At 9 p.m., the slumping Minnesota Wild are home to host Dallas.

The Battle of Alberta heats up again at 10 p.m. ET when Edmonton comes to Calgary, where the Flames are home after Thursday's 2-1 shootout win in Los Angeles. That game can be seen as the second half of CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" doubleheader. In the last of the 14 games on Saturday's schedule, the Kings host Colorado at 10:30 p.m.

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