and the Washington Capitals
head to New York City in search of their 12th consecutive victory as part of the NHL's nine-game schedule on Thursday night.
The Caps set a franchise record with their 11th win in a row with a 4-1 victory at Boston on Tuesday night. Washington has outscored its opponents by a margin of 23-5 in the third period during this remarkable stretch.
Will the Rangers be the Caps' next victim? We'll find out when the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. The game marks the home debut for Olli Jokinen
and Brandon Prust
, who were acquired from Calgary on Monday night.
Also at 7, Claude Noel
makes his debut as interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
, who host the Dallas Stars
at Nationwide Arena. Ken Hitchcock was relieved of his coaching duties on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens
head to Boston to take on the Bruins in an "Original Six" matchup (RDS in Canada).
Thirty minutes later, the Ottawa Senators
search for their 11th straight win as they host the Vancouver Canucks
at Scotiabank Place. The Sens made it 10 in a row on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory against Buffalo. Also, the reeling New York Islanders
, losers of five in a row, are in Tampa to take on the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Three more games get under way at 8 p.m. ET. The San Jose Sharks
hope to rebound from their 4-2 loss to Detroit on Tuesday as they visit St. Louis, a 3-2 winner at Chicago on Wednesday; the Nashville Predators
host the Colorado Avalanche
; and the Edmonton Oilers
, 1-0 winners at home over Philadelphia on Wednesday, will be in Minnesota to face the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
In the final game of the night, the "Freeway Series" resumes as the Los Angeles Kings
host the Anaheim Ducks
at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Kings have won seven in a row and have moved into fifth place in the Western Conference, just two points behind No. 4 Phoenix, while the Ducks are coming off a 3-1 home win over Detroit on Wednesday. The Ducks-King game can be seen on the NHL Network in Canada.