Forgive the San Jose Sharks if they feel like they're a little sleepy when the puck drops on Saturday.
The Sharks begin the Eastern phase of a seven-game road trip when they pay a rare visit to Boston, the first of 11 games on the NHL schedule. Coach Todd McLellan will have to make sure his troops are ready for the early start -- the 1 p.m. ET faceoff comes at 10 a.m. back on the West Coast, where they Sharks played their first two games after the All-Star break, including Wednesday's 4-3 win at Anaheim. Boston is coming off Thursday's wild 6-3 win against Dallas.
There are two other matinees on Saturday's schedule. At 2 p.m. ET, the New York Rangers try to bounce back from Thursday's 3-2 home loss to New Jersey when they visit Montreal, a game that will be shown in Canada on CBC and RDS. The Canadiens have been off since Wednesday's 3-2 win against Florida. An hour later, Anaheim begins a road trip at Colorado, where the Avs lost 4-3 to Minnesota on Thursday.