The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will face off for the 624th time in the regular season when they meet at Bell Centre in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN-Habs). They've also played 170 times in 33 series during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, by far the most of any two teams in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers would like nothing more than to complete a home-and-home sweep when they host the Washington Capitals in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2). The Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to win 5-4 at Verizon Center on Sunday, enough to keep them ahead of a pack of five Metropolitan Division teams that are separated by three points.
The one constant in the history of the Buffalo Sabres has been the Boston Bruins. The teams have been in the same division since the Sabres entered the NHL in 1970. They're at opposite ends of the Atlantic Division standings this season, but there will be plenty of intensity when they face off for the fourth time this season in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2).
Roughly 180 miles separate the cities they represent, but there's a lot more distance between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres in the standings heading into this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).
The Penguins come to First Niagara Center riding high, with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have the fewest points in the NHL and are looking to end a six-game losing streak in their own building.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings no longer reside in the same division. But the Red Wings' move to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s realignment won’t diminish the feelings between the teams when they meet in this week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2).
It’s the first meeting between the teams since their seven-game showdown in the Western Conference Semifinal series last spring, when the Blackhawks lost three of the first four games but won the final three on the way to the Stanley Cup.
Each player has excelled against the other's team. Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer this season, has 15 goals and 45 points in 26 career games against the Capitals. Ovechkin, has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 games against Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have won 18 of the 32 games between the teams since Crosby and Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005, including the past five. The Capitals haven't beaten Pittsburgh since Jan. 11, 2012.
In the 1950s and '60s, the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks would meet 14 times every season. But as they prepare to face off at United Center in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), the Rangers and Blackhawks will be seeing each other for the first time since March 9, 2012, and the sixth time in the past five years.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' injury list continues to grow. But despite a roster laden with minor-league call-ups, the Penguins have taken command in the Metropolitan Division race as they prepare for their second visit of the season to Madison Square Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).
The Penguins come to the Garden with four consecutive victories and nine wins in their past 10 games. The New York Rangers play the sixth of a nine-game homestand that saw them lose the first four before beating the Calgary Flames 4-3 in a shootout Sunday.
The Chicago Blackhawks may have beaten the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, but the Flyers have had the better of the Blackhawks during the regular season for the past 16 years. The teams will meet in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). Philadelphia has won both regular-season games between the teams since the 2010 Cup Final and 15 of the past 17, beginning with a 3-2 victory at United Center on Dec. 12, 1997.
The Philadelphia Flyers visit one of their least-favorite places when they go to Joe Louis Arena for this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN). The Flyers are 1-16-2-1 in Detroit since the start of the 1989-90 season, not including a pair of losses during the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
Detroit won the first game between the teams this season, defeating the Flyers 5-2 at home on Oct. 13.
There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.
— Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano after the Ducks' 7-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday