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11 games on a busy Halloween

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Hockey fans who want to trick or treat will have to plan their schedules carefully. There are 11 games on the NHL's Halloween schedule -- making for a full day and night.

The action starts at 1 p.m. ET, when the Edmonton Oilers visit Boston. Visits to the Hub of Hockey have never been much fun for the Oilers, who've won just six times in 31 tries since entering the NHL 30 years ago. The Bruins have played a lose-one, win-one pattern through their first 11 games, so if that holds up, they're in line for a victory.

Also at 1, the Carolina Hurricanes will try to end a seven-game losing streak when they visit the Wachovia Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers. At 2-6-3, the 'Canes are next-to-last in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are coming off a 4-2 loss at Washington on Tuesday -- a game in which they allowed four goals after leading 2-0.

At 2 p.m., Atlanta will try to end a four-game losing streak when it visits Ottawa. The Thrashers are also coping with the loss of captain Ilya Kovalchuk, who broke his right foot last Saturday while blocking a shot. Ottawa is trying to rebound after a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

The Lightning will be home again on Halloween, but their opponents, the New Jersey Devils, aren't scared of playing on the road. The Devils are a perfect 6-0-0 away from home, including a 2-1 win at Boston on Thursday. The game starts at 3 p.m. ET.

At 7 p.m., the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Montreal (CBC, NHL Network-U.S.) in a game between teams coming off disappointments on Friday night. The Leafs tied Buffalo with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of regulation, only to allow the game-winner 64 seconds into overtime. Montreal overcame an early two-goal deficit in Chicago only to lost on a late goal by Patrick Sharp.

The Sabres, owners of the NHL's best record at 8-1-1, head for Long Island and a meeting with the Islanders -- who also won in overtime on Friday. Mark Streit's goal gave the Isles a 4-3 win at Washington. New York has won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Don't be surprised if the game goes past 60 minutes -- seven of the Isles' first 12 games have done just that.

At 7:30, Minnesota tries for its first win away from home in a tough place for any visiting team -- Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. The Wild beat the New York Rangers 3-2 at home on Friday, but they're 0-9-0 away from the Xcel Energy Center. The Penguins may not have needed a plane to fly home after rallying from a late two-goal deficit for a 4-3 shootout win at Columbus.

There are a pair of games at 8 p.m. Florida will try to build on a 6-5 shootout win at Dallas when it visits St. Louis, and the Stars travel to Nashville for their third meeting with the Predators this month. The teams won't see each other again until late March.

The Phoenix Coyotes (8-4-0) are back home after road wins at Columbus and St. Louis to host the Anaheim Ducks (9 p.m. ET). The Coyotes allowed just one goal in the two victories, but Anaheim is coming off its best offensive performance of the season, a 7-2 home win over Vancouver on Friday.

In the lone 10 p.m. start, the Detroit Red Wings wrap up a five-game road trip with a visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary. The Wings have specialized in comebacks during this week's games in Western Canada, overcoming a two-goal deficit for a 5-4 win at Vancouver, then making up two four-goal deficits before losing 6-5 in a shootout at Edmonton. The Flames will undoubtedly be seething after blowing an early two-goal lead in their last game, a 3-2 home loss at Colorado on Wednesday.




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