Friday's NHL schedule lists only five games, but there's no shortage of rivalries -- or contests that are key to the playoff race.
The action begins at 7 p.m. ET when Montreal visits Ottawa in the back end of a home-and-home series. The Canadiens won 3-2 in a shootout at the Bell Centre on Wednesday. A victory by the Senators will move them into first place in the Northeast Division. The game can be seen in Canada on CBC and RDS.
Two games with big playoff implications begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. Eighth-place Washington can put a severe dent in Winnipeg's hopes of making the postseason when it visits the MTS Centre. The Caps come to town four points ahead of the Jets, who routed Dallas 5-2 on Wednesday. In Dallas, the Stars are back home to host Chicago, which has been off since beating St. Louis 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday. The Stars lead the Pacific Division with 83 points; if the playoffs started today, they would face the Hawks, who are sixth with 84.
The last two games of the night are among the NHL's fiercest rivalries. The Battle of Alberta heats up again when Calgary visits Edmonton at 9:30 p.m., and this season's final edition of the Freeway Faceoff gets under way a half-hour later when Los Angeles visits Anaheim.
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