If the 12 games on Friday weren't enough for hockey fans, the NHL has 13 more on Saturday's schedule to give everyone their fill.
The action starts at 1 p.m. ET, when the New York Islanders
make the short trip to Newark for a game with the New Jersey Devils
. Both teams are coming off wins on Friday afternoon: The Islanders beat Pittsburgh 3-2 at home, while the Devils were 2-1 shootout victors at Boston.
The Bruins stay home for a game with Ottawa – one of five that start at 7 p.m. ET. The Bruins lost in their return to TD Garden after a 4-0-0 road trip. Ottawa had Friday off after beating Ottawa 2-1 at home on Thursday.
The battered and bruised Washington Capitals
go to Montreal for a meeting with the banged-up and battered Canadiens (CBC, RDS, NHL Network-U.S.). Both teams have had a couple of days off to lick their wounds. The Capitals are coming off a 2-0 home win over Buffalo on Wednesday, while the Canadiens were beaten 3-1 at Pittsburgh.
Carolina will try for its first road victory of the season when it visits Buffalo. The Hurricanes couldn't hold a 4-1 third-period lead against Atlanta and wound up with a 6-4 home loss. The Sabres are coming home after a 4-2 victory at Philadelphia – their second at the Wachovia Center in less than two weeks.
The Flyers will try to rebound from the loss to Buffalo at Atlanta, where they'll be playing a team they've owned for the past few seasons. The Flyers take a 14-game winning streak against the Thrashers into the game.
Calgary, which opened a six-game trip with a 3-0 win at Detroit on Friday, will try to make it two in a row on the road with a win at Columbus. The Blue Jackets are returning home after a disappointing 1-3-1 trip that ended with consecutive regulation losses to the Rangers, Canadiens and Senators.
The New York Rangers
opened their season in Pittsburgh eight weeks ago, and they're back at Mellon Arena for another meeting with the Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET) – this one is the front end of a home-and-home series. The Rangers were blasted 5-1 at Tampa Bay on Friday and have dropped their last six visits to Pittsburgh. The Penguins couldn't hold a third-period lead in a 2-1 road loss to the Islanders on Friday.
Detroit will take its search for goals to St. Louis (8 p.m. ET). The teams haven't met since they started the season with a pair of games in Stockholm. The Blues won both, and they're coming off a 3-1 win at Nashville on Friday. The Wings have back-to-back 40-shot performances against Atlanta and Calgary – and were shut out in both.
Also at 8, Florida visits Nashville in a meeting between teams coming off disappointing losses on Friday. The Panthers led 2-0 just 2:04 into their game against Toronto, but lost 5-4. Nashville saw its seven-game winning streak end with a 3-1 home loss to the Blues.
At 8:30 p.m. ET, Dallas will try to atone for a bad night in Phoenix when it hosts Tampa Bay. The Stars were routed 5-2 by the Coyotes in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. The Lightning will try to build on its rout of the Rangers.
Minnesota visits Colorado at 9 p.m. ET in the back end of a home-and-home that began with Minnesota's 5-3 home win on Friday.
At 10 p.m. ET, the Edmonton Oilers
visit the Vancouver Canucks
(CBC). The Oilers lost a late lead against San Jose and were beaten 5-4 in a shootout. The Canucks had Friday off after a 4-1 home win over Los Angeles on Thursday.
The long day's journey into night wraps up at 10:30 ET when the Chicago Blackhawks
face off against the Los Angeles Kings
. Chicago saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 3-0 loss at Anaheim on Friday. The Kings return home after splitting two games in Western Canada.