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NHL Network to televise Canucks-Wings on Thursday

Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 10:39 PM / Schedule

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NHL Network to televise Canucks-Wings on Thursday
The top two teams in the Western Conference will square off on the NHL Network Thursday night.
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.
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I mean, hockey had to change the rules because of Marty, and that's impressive. I got two Stanley Cup rings because of the guy. Look at the banners of [Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko] and Marty is right up there when you think about the New Jersey Devils; he was part of the core group and he'll go down as one of the greatest goalies ever.

— New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez on former teammate Martin Brodeur, who will announce his retirement Thursday