It's another super Southeast showdown as the Washington Capitals
face the Atlanta Thrashers
as part of an exciting seven-game schedule on Thursday night.
Washington (7-2-2) has built a seven-point lead on the Thrashers in the Southeast Division, but Atlanta has three games in hand. However, the Thrashers will be playing without stud winger Ilya Kovalchuk
, who is out with a broken foot. The game begins at 7 p.m. ET from Philips Arena and can be seen in the U.S. on NHL Network.
Also at 7 p.m., the New Jersey Devils
will look to rebound from Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres
as they take on the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden. Boston, which finished as the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season, is just 3-3-0 at home and 5-4-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators
-- 4-3 winners at Florida on Wednesday -- will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning
in a game that can be seen in Canada on TSN.
The Phoenix Coyotes
will look to make it two in a row at 8 p.m. ET when they'll face the host St. Louis Blues
. Phoenix earned a 4-1 win at Columbus on Wednesday, while the Blues cruised to a 5-2 victory at Carolina. Also at 8, the Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks
(7-3-1) will pay a visit to Nashville to take on the Predators, who earned a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild
Two games will also take place on the other side of North America. At 9:30 p.m. ET, the Detroit Red Wings
will look to make it two in a row as they battle the Edmonton Oilers
at Rexall Place. That game can be seen on TSN in Canada.
The Los Angeles Kings
host the Vancouver Canucks
at Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Kings (8-4-1) find themselves in a first-place tie with the San Jose Sharks
following Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss at HP Pavilion.