The top two teams in the Western Conference will square off on the NHL Network Thursday night.
The Detroit Red Wings
-- who currently sit atop the West by just two points, will face the second-place Vancouver Canucks
at Joe Louis Arena. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States.
Detroit (41-18-2) has won a League-record 23 straight games on home ice. The Canucks, however, are 20-10-2 on the road this season and still have a game in hand on the Red Wings.
Two of nine games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The San Jose Sharks
Islanders will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs
at the Air Canada Centre, while the Carolina Hurricanes
host the Anaheim Ducks
at the RBC Center.
Also at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Florida Panthers
will continue their fight for the Southeast Division crown as they host the Minnesota Wild
at the BankAtlantic Center.
In a huge game in the Music City, the Nashville Predators
will battle the St. Louis Blues
at Bridgestone Arena. That game is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET. With a regulation victory, Nashville can move within a point of No. 4 St. Louis.
Two contests have 8:30 p.m. (ET) starts -- the Winnipeg Jets
and Tampa Bay Lightning
meet in a Southeast Division showdown from the MTS Centre, while the Chicago Blackhawks
host the Dallas Stars
In the final two games of the evening, the Phoenix Coyotes
travel to Calgary to take on the Flames (9 p.m. ET), while the Edmonton Oilers
host the Philadelphia Flyers
at Rexall Place. That match is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET.