Despite Tuesday's loss to the New York Islanders
, the Vancouver Canucks
can pull within five points of the Western Conference lead as part of the NHL's 11-game schedule on Thursday night.
The Canucks (43-24-3), who suffered a 5-2 loss to the Isles at GM Place, will host the conference-leading San Jose Sharks
at 10 p.m. ET. The Sharks are just 3-3-1 since the Olympic break, but are 21-10-2 on the road this season. Thursday's showdown can be seen on TSN in Canada.
Thursday's action gets under way with four games at 7 p.m. ET. In a game that can be seen on the NHL Network in the U.S., the Pittsburgh Penguins
look to get back on track following Wednesday's 5-2 loss at New Jersey when they visit the Boston Bruins
. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers
host the St. Louis Blues
, while Washington visits Carolina and Atlanta takes on Ottawa at Philips Arena (RDS in Canada).
Three more games begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Tampa Bay Lightning
, who have lost two straight and have fallen six points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, will host the Buffalo Sabres
. Also, the New Jersey Devils
battle the Toronto Maple Leafs
at the Air Canada Centre (TSN in Canada), while Phoenix takes its six-game winning streak to Florida. The Coyotes are also only five points behind the Sharks.
Two contests start in the 8 o'clock hour -- the Nashville Predators
host the Minnesota Wild
at 8 p.m. ET in a battle of teams riding three-game winning streaks, and the Philadelphia Flyers
face the Dallas Stars
at the American Airlines Center at 8:30.
In the final game of the night, the Chicago Blackhawks
face the Los Angeles Kings
at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Kings have won only four of their last 10 games (4-4-2) and have been off since a 3-2 home loss to Nashville on Sunday. Chicago lost 4-2 at Anaheim on Wednesday.