'Twas the night before the night before Christmas
and all through the land
there were hockey games a plenty …
and isn't that grand!
With the NHL preparing to take Christmas Eve and Christmas off, the Dec. 23 schedule is packed with 13 games. While the big contest of the night is the Winter Classic warmup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, 24 other teams will spend the last night before the break on the ice.
The Penguins and Caps play one of seven games that face off at 7 p.m. ET.
In Boston, the Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers will try to bounce back from home losses. Boston fell 3-0 to Anaheim on Monday, while Atlanta lost 4-2 at home to St. Louis on Tuesday. Florida, a 5-2 loser at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, moves on to Buffalo, where the Sabres are coming off a 5-2 victory against the Ducks on Tuesday.