Eight months ago, the Detroit Red Wings
and Chicago Blackhawks
met to decide the Western Conference's representative in the Stanley Cup Final.
On Sunday afternoon they meet again at Joe Louis Arena to begin NBC's slate of nationally-televised games this season. Faceoff comes shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET.
The Blackhawks, who are tied with the Sharks for the Presidents' Trophy lead with 70 points, opened up an eight-game road trip Saturday by edging the Blue Jackets 6-5 in Columbus to complete a home-and-home sweep. The Wings come off a difficult 3-2 shootout loss in Dallas, but a victory would tie them with the idle Los Angeles Kings
for eighth in the West.
Three other games will keep hockey fans entertained through the afternoon and evening Sunday.
At 3 p.m., ET the Philadelphia Flyers
pay the Washington Capitals
a visit at the Verizon Center. Michael Leighton
is 8-1-1 since taking over as the No. 1 goalie for Philadelphia, which could move back into the East's top eight with a win. Washington is coming off a 6-1 win over Toronto in which Alex Ovechkin
tied his career-high with five points.
The New York Rangers
return home to Madison Square Garden to take on the Montreal Canadiens
at 7 p.m., ET in a game with playoff implications for both teams. Both teams are coming off losses on Saturday -- the Rangers fell 4-1 at St. Louis, while the Canadiens lost 4-2 at home to Ottawa.
The Anaheim Ducks
close out the night's schedule at 8 p.m. ET when they welcome the Calgary Flames
to Honda Center. Both teams were shut out in their most recent games -- Anaheim in Los Angeles and Calgary at home by Nashville.