Two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference will clash Wednesday night. And viewers across the United States will get to see it.
The New Jersey Devils -- who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games -- will host the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins (24-10-1) at the Prudential Center. Opening faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN in the U.S.
Following the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on NBC Monday afternoon, sports fans will be introduced to a new 24/7 cable sports network– NBC Sports Network.
The showdown featuring the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks (8 p.m. ET) Monday night will serve as the first NHL broadcast on the new national network. Beginning that day and moving forward, VERSUS -- which has served as the NHL’s national television partner in the United States since 2005 -- will be rebranded as NBC Sports Network.
Boston University (10-5-1) at Notre Dame (11-6-3)
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, Versus
Boston University: The Terriers have strung together a respectable season to this point: wins over Denver, Boston College, New Hampshire, and Maine have given BU credibility, but recent player personnel moves have left the team searching for a new identity. Leading scorer Corey Trivino (off-ice issues) and Charlie Coyle (QMJHL) are gone, and while this is a huge blow on the surface, it's also a chance for a team that's been earmarked by inconsistency and lack of 60-minute efforts to re-invent itself and prove it can be in the mix.
Viewers across both the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to see first-hand if the St. Louis Blues can remain ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference standings Tuesday night.
St. Louis (21-10-4), which has completely turned things around under new coach Ken Hitchcock, will visit the Red Wings (22-12-1) at Joe Louis Arena. Opening faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
The Dallas Stars' bid to seize sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division will be televised nationally in the United States on Monday night.
One of the surprise teams in the League this season, the Stars (18-12-1) will attempt to break the first-place tie with San Jose as they host the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center. Opening faceoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S.
The Chicago Blackhawks' bid for a fifth consecutive win highlights the NHL's three-game schedule Sunday.
Chicago, which sits atop the Central Division at 20-8-4, will face the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. ET at the United Center. Ray Emery has been between the pipes for each of the Blackhawks' four straight wins and is now 8-1-2 on the season. Calgary sits in third place in the Northwest Division at 14-14-4 after Friday's 3-2 shootout loss at Florida.
Viewers in both the United States and Canada can tune in Monday night to see if the New Jersey Devils can get back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
New Jersey (14-13-1), which is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens after Zach Parise came up empty on a penalty shot in the final minute of regulation on Saturday afternoon, will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. Opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on both VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
The Florida Panthers are enjoying the rarified air of first place in the Southeast Division -- a height they haven't reached this late in the season in more than a decade. The Panthers, who haven't made the playoffs since 2000, will try to grab first place in the Eastern Conference when they visit Buffalo in one of four games on Friday's NHL schedule.
The Panthers will be trying for their second win in as many nights. They went into Boston on Thursday and blanked the Bruins 2-0 behind a 40-save shutout by Jose Theodore. Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday in which the Sabres blew a 3-0 lead.
The Detroit Red Wings' quest to begin a new winning streak will be televised across the United States and Canada on Tuesday night.
The Red Wings (16-8-1), who saw their seven-game streak come to an end with Sunday's 4-2 loss at Colorado, will visit the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and the showdown be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh