For the first time since Feb. 13, a Saturday features a full day of NHL hockey, with 10 games on a schedule that runs from early afternoon until late at night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins
, fresh off a 55-shot, 5-4 overtime victory at New York on Thursday, start the day at 1 p.m. ET by hosting Dallas. The Stars are coming off a 6-1 home loss to St. Louis on Thursday.
An hour later, the Boston Bruins
start a seven-game road trip when they visit the Nassau Coliseum for a game against the New York Islanders
. The Bruins ended a 10-game home losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over Toronto on Thursday, while the Isles come home after a 6-3 whipping at Atlanta the same night.
After those afternoon appetizers, the schedule heats up after dark.
The Rangers will try to end Washington's 12-game winning streak at the Verizon Center when they visit the Capitals at 7 p.m. ET. Washington extended its home dominance with a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Rangers are one of just three visiting teams to win in regulation at Washington.
Also at 7, Toronto hosts Ottawa in the latest edition of the Battle of Ontario (CBC, NHL Network-U.S). The Senators are 0-2 since returning from the Olympics, including a 4-1 loss at Carolina on Thursday. The Hurricanes try for their third win in a row since the break when they visit Florida. The Panthers are coming off a 7-4 win over Philadelphia two nights earlier.
There's another all-Southeast Division game at 7:30 p.m. ET when Atlanta visits Tampa Bay.
The action moves West at 8 p.m. when Anaheim visits Phoenix. The Ducks lost 4-3 at home to Colorado on Wednesday, while the Coyotes beat the Avs 3-1 in Phoenix the next night. The Avs try to bounce back from the loss to the 'Yotes at 9 p.m. ET when they host the surging St. Louis Blues
, who've won five in a row.
The day's last two games are in California. At 10 p.m., the Montreal Canadiens
continue their California trip with a visit to Los Angeles (CBC, RDS). The Kings are back home after a 4-2 loss at Nashville on Thursday, a game that ended a couple of hours before the Canadiens' 3-2 loss at San Jose.
The Sharks host the Columbus Blue Jackets
at 10:30 p.m. ET in the evening's final game. The Jackets start a Western trip after getting three days off following a 4-3 OT loss to Vancouver on Tuesday.