The New Jersey Devils
are one of the NHL's hottest teams -- they've won six in a row, including Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks
. But on the road, they've been flawless, starting their season with eight consecutive victories, two short of the NHL record set by Buffalo three years ago.
They'll go for their ninth road win without a loss on Thursday night when they visit Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena for the second time this season (7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network-U.S.), one of nine games on the NHL schedule Thursday night. The fifth of the Devils' eight road wins came in Pittsburgh, a 4-1 victory on Oct. 24.
The Penguins are licking their wounds after a road trip that saw them go 1-3-0 and go nearly 2 1/2 games without scoring a goal. They've been outscored 12-0 since taking a 2-1 lead midway through the second period of a 5-2 loss at Los Angeles last Thursday and are coming off shutout losses at San Jose (5-0) and Boston (3-0).
The Bruins hope to build on their victory over Pittsburgh when they host the Florida Panthers
(7 p.m. ET). Boston owns consecutive victories for the first time this season after beating Buffalo and Pittsburgh, while Florida comes to Boston after back-to-back weekend losses to Washington.
Like the Penguins, the New York Rangers
are back home after a tough western trip. The Rangers host the Atlanta Thrashers
(7 p.m. ET), who are back in the metropolitan area for the second time in less than a week. They were routed Saturday night on Long Island, but went home and rallied for a 3-2 shootout win over St. Louis on Sunday. Both teams may be without their captains: Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk
is not quite recovered from a broken foot, while New York's Chris Drury
left Saturday's game at Calgary early in the first period with a concussion. The Rangers are also without center Brandon Dubinsky
, who went down with a broken hand in the game against the Flames.
faces his former team for the first time when the Ottawa Senators
come to the Wachovia Center to face the Philadelphia Flyers
(7 p.m. ET). Emery, who led Ottawa to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, is 9-3-1 for the Flyers, who've won their last four games. The Senators are 2-4-2 in their last eight, though they're coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton on Tuesday.
Also at 7:30, the improving Minnesota Wild
visit Tampa Bay to face the Lightning, a team they've always fared well against. Minnesota is 7-2-1 all-time against the Bolts, including 3-1-1 at Tampa Bay, and is coming off a 5-2 win at Toronto on Tuesday. Also, Detroit hosts Vancouver in a rematch of one of the season's best games -- the Wings' four-goal third-period comeback in a 5-4 win at Vancouver on Oct. 27. The Red Wings are rolling into this one after a 9-1 demolition of the Blue Jackets at Columbus on Wednesday night.
The Nashville Predators
are back in the Midwest after a trip to California, but they make a stop in St. Louis (8 p.m. ET) before they head home. The Predators lost a tough 4-3 decision at San Jose on Tuesday night when Sharks' defenseman Dan Boyle
scored with 60 seconds left. The Blues had been having trouble scoring at home before breaking out with a 6-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.
At 9 p.m., the Phoenix Coyotes
host the Montreal Canadiens
, who are making only their second visit to the desert since 2004. But trips to Arizona have been a good thing for the Canadiens -- they are 4-1-2 at Phoenix since the Coyotes moved from Winnipeg and have won their last three visits.
The San Jose Sharks
will try to make it 10 games in a row when they host the Dallas Stars
(10:30 p.m. ET). The Sharks are 8-0-1 in their last nine games and are 6-0-1 at the Shark Tank, including Tuesday's win over Nashville. Dallas, which lost five of six meetings with the Sharks last season, hasn't played since a 3-2 loss at Minnesota on Saturday.