The Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers don't see each other nearly as often as they did in the Original Six era, when they met as often as 14 times in a season. These days, it's usually once a season -- and this season's meeting comes in one of five games on Wednesday night's NHL schedule.
The Wings, who've won the last five meetings with the Rangers, come to Madison Square Garden for just the third time since 2003 following a 5-3 home loss to Washington on Monday, the same night the Rangers beat New Jersey 4-2.
First place in the Pacific Division is on the line in Dallas on Tuesday night in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, who have 83 points apiece, will battle at the American Airlines Center as part of the NHL's 9-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
The Stars (39-28-5) are currently the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference because they have a game in hand on the Coyotes (36-26-11), who gave coach Dave Tippett his 400th career victory Sunday night.
The New York Rangers will continue their pursuit of the top seed in the Eastern Conference in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.
The Rangers -- who have just a one-point lead on Pittsburgh atop the East -- will host the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden as part of the NHL's 6-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
New Jersey (41-26-5) currently resides in sixth place in the East, just three points ahead of No. 7 Ottawa. The Devils are 21-13-2 on the road this season.
A national television audience will see if the Philadelphia Flyers can cool off the hottest team in hockey on Sunday afternoon.
The Flyers, 3-2 losers in a shootout at Boston on Saturday, will be back at the Wells Fargo Center for the final visit of the season from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won their 11th in a row on Saturday by beating the Devils 5-2 in New Jersey.
NBC will air the game in the United States, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Viewers in Canada can see the game on the NHL Network and RDSI.
The NHL Network has a St. Patrick's Day treat for viewers in the U.S. -- a holiday doubleheader as part of Saturday's 11-game schedule.
The action gets under way at 1 p.m. ET in Boston, where the Bruins will try to end a four-game losing streak when they host Philadelphia. The B's are back at TD Garden after a 6-2 loss at Florida on Thursday, a game that ended a half-hour or so after the Flyers finished winning 3-2 on Long Island.
Also at 1 p.m. ET, Pittsburgh tries to extend its winning streak to 11 games when it visits New Jersey. An hour later, Carolina visits Minnesota.
The New York Rangers will continue their chase of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Rangers -- who currently have a four-point lead on the scorching-hot Pittsburgh Penguins atop the East, will host the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden as part of the NHL's nine-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Carolina (26-28-15) trails Washington by nine points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The 'Canes have earned points in eight of their last 10 games.
The Colorado Avalanche will continue their pursuit of a Western Conference playoff berth in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.
The Avs -- who currently reside in ninth place in the West, will host the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center as part of the NHL's 4-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada. Colorado can move ahead of the Calgary Flames and into eighth place with a victory.
Anaheim (29-30-10) is eight points out of the final playoff spot. The Ducks will be aiming to avoid a three-game skid.
The NHL Network will offer viewers a day-night doubleheader as part of the League's 11-game Saturday schedule.
The action begins at 1 p.m. ET, when the Boston Bruins go for their third straight victory as they host the Washington Capitals. Both teams are coming off home wins on Thursday -- Boston beat Buffalo 3-1 while Washington edged Tampa Bay 3-2 in OT.
At 3 p.m., Colorado is back home after a 4-2 loss to Anaheim on Thursday for a game against Edmonton.
Two teams desperately fighting for position in both the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference will clash on the NHL Network (U.S. only) on Thursday night.
The Washington Capitals -- who currently sit two points out of eighth place in the East and four points back of first-place Florida in the Southeast, will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Verizon Center. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay (31-29-6) is just four points back of eighth-place Winnipeg, but the Lightning learned Wednesday they'll be without goalie Mathieu Garon for the next 3-4 weeks due to a groin injury. Dwayne Roloson -- who has a 3.82 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in 29 games this season -- is expected to get the start Thursday night.
Game 3 of the Randy Carlyle era in Toronto brings the Leafs to Pittsburgh for one of two games on Wednesday's NHL schedule -- and avoiding their second loss in as many nights under their new coach won't be easy for the Leafs.
Toronto put up a solid effort before losing 5-4 to Boston at home on Tuesday. But the Leafs will be playing a well-rested team -- Pittsburgh has been off since extending its winning streak to six games with a 5-1 win at Colorado on Saturday.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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