The two most recent winners of the Stanley Cup will meet Saturday night, and the NHL Network will be on hand.
The reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Boston Bruins
, pay a rare visit to their Original Six rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks
, who won the Cup in 2010. The Bruins have dropped three of their first four games, including a 3-2 loss at Carolina on Wednesday, while the Hawks come off a 4-3 home win against Winnipeg on Thursday.
The NHL Network will televise the game in the United States, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Bruins-Hawks game is one of 14 on one of the busiest nights of the NHL season. Half of the night's schedule gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.
The Calgary Flames
, 4-1 winners at Montreal on Thursday, move on to Toronto for a game against the Leafs, who've been off since beating Ottawa 6-5 last Saturday. That game will be seen in most of Canada on CBC. The Canadiens will try to cool off the Colorado Avalanche
, who won 7-1 at Ottawa on Thursday for their third win in a row.
Ottawa goes to Washington, where the Caps are back home after Thursday's 3-2 overtime win in Pittsburgh. The Penguins stay home to host Buffalo.
The New York Islanders
conclude a four-game homestand by hosting the New York Rangers
, who've been off for a week since losing 2-1 in a shootout to Anaheim in Stockholm last Saturday as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere series. Los Angeles, a 2-1 shootout loser at New Jersey on Thursday, travels down the turnpike to Philadelphia, where former Flyers captain Mike Richards
will be playing against his former team for the first time.
After wrapping up a three-game trip with a 5-2 win at Nashville on Thursday, the Phoenix Coyotes
host Winnipeg in their home opener.
A half-hour later, Tampa Bay, a 5-1 loser to the Islanders on Thursday, concludes its season-opening five-game trip with a visit to Florida. The Panthers have been off since Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh.
At 8 p.m. ET, New Jersey plays its first road game of the season when it visits Nashville, while Detroit tries to win its fourth in a row without a loss when it visits Minnesota. The Wild beat Edmonton 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday. Dallas, 3-0-0 at American Airlines Center, tries for its best home start since 1998 when it hosts winless Columbus.
At 10 p.m. ET, Vancouver finishes a grueling four-game trip with a visit to Edmonton in a game that can be seen in Canada on CBC. Also at 10, St. Louis continues a road swing with a stop in San Jose. The Blues opened their four-game trip with a 3-2 loss at Dallas on Thursday.