The Sabres welcome the Penguins to HSBC Arena in one of 13 games on the NHL schedule. The Penguins will be looking for their 12th consecutive victory, while Crosby will be trying to extend his personal scoring streak to 18 games. He's coming off a two-goal performance in Wednesday's 5-2 victory against Toronto that gave him 20 goals and 35 points in his last 17 games.
The Sabres are also coming off a victory -- they beat San Jose 6-3 on Thursday.
A Southeast Division rivalry will be on display on national television Thursday night.
The Washington Capitals, who have built a six-point lead in the Southeast at 18-8-3, will host the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center. The game, which is slated for 7 p.m. ET, can be seen in the U.S. on VERSUS.
Two of the four semifinalists from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs will battle on national television Wednesday night.
The San Jose Sharks, who earned an impressive 5-2 win at Detroit on Monday, will face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the United States.
Canadian fans will not be left out in the cold, as they'll have the opportunity to see if the Pittsburgh Penguins can extend their winning streak to 11 games. Pittsburgh, which won its 10th straight against New Jersey on Monday, will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at CONSOL Energy Center at 7 p.m. ET. That game can be seen on TSN.
A rematch of a 2010 Western Conference semifinal will be televised for a national audience Monday night.
The Detroit Red Wings, who are off to a phenomenal 17-4-3 start, will host the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
There's nothing like a game between the Rangers and Islanders to get New York-area hockey fans' juices flowing. The team's haven't met in more than six weeks, but they'll get together for the opener of a home-and-home series at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday -- one of eight games on the NHL schedule.
The Isles won the first meeting, 6-4 on Oct. 11, but haven't won much since then. They've been off since snapping a 14-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory against New Jersey on Friday. The Rangers had a two-day break following Monday night's 3-1 home loss to Pittsburgh -- their seventh game in 11 days.
The Rangers-Islanders game is one of five that gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.
The teams meet for the first time this season when Boston comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for one of seven games on the NHL schedule. It's their first meeting since May 14, when the Flyers capped a historic playoff comeback with a 4-3 victory in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Flyers became just the third team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit -- and then rallied from a three-goal deficit in Game 7 as well.
The Bruins-Flyers game is one of three that begins at 7 p.m. ET. In the others, Edmonton tries to build on Monday's 4-1 win at Ottawa when it visits Montreal in a game that will be shown in Canada on TSN and RDS. Also, Nashville visits Columbus, where the Blue Jackets will try to bounce back after being swept by Detroit in home-and-home series this past weekend.
A heated, Central Division rivalry will be televised for a national audience on Tuesday night.
The St. Louis Blues will aim to avoid a three-game skid as they travel to the Windy City to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks -- winners of back-to-back games at the United Center. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
A rare matchup between two and-up-coming teams will be televised for a national audience on Monday night.
The Dallas Stars, who have won three straight and find themselves in a first-place tie in the Pacific Division at 13-8-1, will travel to the East Coast to face the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
After a slow start, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on a roll. They won their fifth game in a row with a 2-1 victory against Ottawa on Friday, and will try to extend that streak Saturday afternoon when the Calgary Flames come to the Consol Energy Center.
The Flames are wrapping up a tough trip -- this is their fifth game in seven days. But they come to Pittsburgh after winning their first game during the trip, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout.
The Flames-Penguins game is one of 11 on Saturday's NHL schedule -- and one of two that gets under way at 1 p.m. ET. In the other, the Flyers head up the New Jersey Turnpike for a game against the Devils, who come home after a 2-0 loss on Long Island.
The New York Islanders would like nothing more than to reach Thanksgiving without the baggage that goes along with a 13-game losing streak.
The Isles come home for a game with the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets looking for their first win since Oct. 21. They've dropped 13 in a row since then, though they did get a point on Sunday in a 2-1 overtime loss at Atlanta. But ending their slide won't be easy: The Jackets have won four in a row and are coming off back-to-back shutout wins against San Jose and Nashville.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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