Key matchups mark busy week on NHL Network

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 2:14 PM / NHL Network

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Key matchups mark busy week on NHL Network
Wednesday's battle between the Blackhawks and Ducks in Anaheim is just a prelude to another exciting, action-packed weekend on the NHL Network.

A Wednesday night battle in Anaheim between the teams boasting the NHL's two best records is just a prelude to another exciting, action-packed weekend on the NHL Network.

The action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Anaheim Ducks in a clash between two of the NHL's top teams.

And that's just where things get started.

As each game becomes more and more important, the scene turns to Raleigh on Thursday night at 7 p.m. as the New Jersey Devils come to town to battle the Carolina Hurricanes. It's a pivotal matchup between two clubs that are currently in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Entering Wednesday night's action, the Devils and Hurricanes were tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers for sixth in the East with 32 points.

There will be plenty more action over the weekend, as hockey's one-stop shop for news and highlights hosts four big games over two nights. It starts Friday night at 7 p.m., as the New York Islanders look to continue their late-season playoff push against a white-hot Pittsburgh Penguins team that has won 10 straight games. Following the Atlantic Division matchup on Long Island, the NHL Network will feature another important matchup from the Honda Center in Anaheim, where the Ducks will welcome the Detroit Red Wings.

It all culminates Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. as the Vancouver Canucks meet the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in an exciting rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup. Immediately after that meeting, the NHL Network will host an Original Six divisional faceoff as the Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. in a matchup that could go a long way toward dictating playoff position.

For more information about the National Hockey League and upcoming games, visit or tune into the NHL Network.

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