Both the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals are off to fast starts, which ought to make their meeting Saturday night at the Verizon Center one of the best games in the early stages of the 2011-12 season.
It's also the highlight of a busy weekend on the NHL Network.
Viewers in Canada can start the weekend with a Friday night doubleheader -- the Wings go for their fifth win without a loss when they host Columbus at 7 p.m. ET, and Pacific Division surprises Dallas and Anaheim, both off to fast starts, get together at the Honda Center for a 10 p.m. ET matchup.