Though Sunday's meeting between the Washington Capitals
and Chicago Blackhawks
is the only one scheduled for the regular season, the teams certainly wouldn't mind seeing each other again in a couple months.
NBC will be on hand at the United Center when the puck drops at 12:30 p.m. ET for the potential preview of the Stanley Cup Final. Washington leads the overall NHL standings and can become the first team to surpass the 100-point mark, while the Hawks are close to clinching the Central Division and are second in the Western Conference.
Both teams are coming into the game off disappointing losses. Chicago blew a late lead Saturday in Philadelphia and left with a 3-2 loss, while Washington lost in regulation at home for the first time in 2010 when Tampa Bay won 3-2 at the Verizon Center on Friday night.
The Caps-Hawks game is the first of 10 on the busiest Sunday of the NHL season
Three games get under way at 3 p.m. ET.
The Flyers head to New York for a meeting with the Rangers, who come off a 5-2 win at Atlanta on Friday. Dallas plays the second game of a six-game homestand against Colorado, while Nashville goes for a sweep of Southern California at Los Angeles. The Predators won 1-0 at Anaheim on Friday, while the Kings come home after a 2-1 shootout win in Dallas the same night.
At 5 p.m. ET, Pittsburgh hopes to rebound from a 3-1 loss at New Jersey on Friday when it visits Tampa Bay. The Penguins still lead the Atlantic Division by two points.
Also at 5, Toronto goes for its fourth win in a row when the Leafs come to the Nassau Coliseum for a meeting with the New York Islanders
. Toronto beat Edmonton 6-4 on Saturday, while the Isles ended a four-game losing streak by beating New Jersey 4-2.
Phoenix comes to Atlanta looking for a weekend sweep after winning 4-0 at Carolina on Saturday.
An hour later, Minnesota hosts St. Louis in a battle of teams scrambling to stay in the playoff race in the West. Minnesota won 3-2 at Buffalo on Friday, while the Blues whipped the Blue Jackets 5-1 at Columbus on Saturday.
San Jose, a 3-2 OT loser against Florida on Saturday, starts a six-game trip with an 8 p.m. ET game at Anaheim. The last game of the night begins at 10 p.m., when the Vancouver Canucks
host the Calgary Flames