What do you do when you've been torched for eight points by one player and allowed eight goals to one of the NHL's weakest teams? If you're the Chicago Blackhawks, you head for Calgary and hope to redeem yourself against the Flames in one of five games on Friday's NHL schedule.
The Hawks led Thursday's game in Edmonton 2-0 early in the second period, only to see the Oilers erupt for an 8-4 victory in which Sam Gagner became the first player in more than 23 years to get eight points in a game. Chicago will try to bounce back against a Flames team coming off a 3-1 home loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning completed the first half of the 2011-12 season by reeling off four straight victories. The Washington Capitals will attempt to put an end to that winning streak in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Caps -- who sit atop the Southeast Division with 55 points, will visit the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as the NHL returns from the All-Star break with a mammoth 13-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.
Two huge points in the Western Conference playoff race will be on the line Tuesday night. The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild will pursue them in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Avs -- who currently reside in eighth place in the West with 54 points, will host the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center as part of the NHL's mammoth 13-game schedule Tuesday night. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
Minnesota (23-18-7) trails Colorado by just one point. The Wild earned a 5-2 victory against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
First place in the Western Conference will be on the line Monday night, and both the NBC Sports Network and TSN2 will be all over it.
Two teams on significant winning streaks will collide at Joe Louis Arena, as the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. ET. Mike Babcock's Wings have won six in a row and hold a one-point lead on Ken Hitchcock's Blues, who have reeled off four straight victories. Both teams have won eight of their last 10 games.
The New York Rangers have a chance Tuesday night to regain sole possession of first place in the NHL standings. They'll attempt to do so in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Blueshirts -- who currently find themselves in a three-way tie for first in the League along with St. Louis and Chicago at 60 points each, will also be looking to bounce back from Sunday's loss at Montreal as they host the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSP in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Nashville (26-15-4) will be seeking its sixth straight win. The Preds -- who earned a 3-1 victory against the Islanders on Monday afternoon, have gotten back into the Central Division race behind the stellar goaltending of Pekka Rinne.
The Dallas Stars will be at something less than full strength when they visit St. Louis for one of six games on Monday's NHL schedule.
Not only will the Stars be playing at one of the NHL's toughest arenas for visitors -- the Blues are 18-3-3 after Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against Minnesota -- they'll be without their top two centers, Mike Ribeiro is expected to sit out his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and leading scorer Jamie Benn is out after undergoing an appendectomy on Sunday.
Fans in the United States can see the game on the NBC Sports Network, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Canadian viewers can tune in on TSN2.
Fans in the United States will be able to watch the Detroit Red Wings aim for their 14th consecutive win Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena while facing off with their Central Division rival the Chicago Blackhawks on both NBCsports.com and NHL.com.
The 12:30 p.m. ET game is being featured as NBC's Game of the Week. The Blackhawks lead the Central Division with 57 points, but the Red Wings could leap them in the standings via a tiebreaker if they win in regulation.
Detroit is 16-2-1 this season at home and hasn't lost at The Joe since Nov. 3 against Calgary.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals haven't seen each other in more than three months, a long gap between games for divisional rivals. They'll finally meet when the Bolts come to the Verizon Center for one of five games on Friday's NHL schedule.
The Caps and Lightning finished one-two in the Southeast Division last season, but both struggled through the first half of 2011-12. Washington's 1-0 win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday moved the Caps back into the top eight in the East, while the Lightning come to the nation's capital with a five-game losing streak after dropping a 5-2 decision to Carolina at home on Thursday.
The NHL Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
The San Jose Sharks' chase for a fifth-straight win on national television highlights a mammoth 13-game NHL schedule Tuesday night.
The Sharks, who sit atop the Pacific Division standings with 50 points, visit the Minnesota Wild (21-15-6) at the Xcel Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on NBCSN in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Fans in the United States can tune in to the NHL Network Saturday for a rematch of last spring's Stanley Cup Final and an Original Six matchup as part of a full day of hockey.
The first of 12 games on the schedule features this season's only rematch between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. The rampaging Bruins, who beat the Canucks in seven games for the Cup in June, come into Saturday's 1 p.m. ET start at TD Garden off a 9-0 victory against Calgary on Thursday and are 23-3-1 in their last 27 games. After a slow start. Vancouver has also gotten hot -- the Canucks are now tops in the Western Conference after begin a four-game trip after beating Minnesota 3-0 at home on Wednesday.
Also at 1, Ottawa visits Philadelphia in the opener of a home-and-home series. An hour later, Edmonton ends its seven-game road trip with a stop in Dallas, while at 4 p.m. ET, Columbus visits Los Angeles.
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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