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Divisional tilts highlight full day of hockey

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A pair of matinee affairs highlights a 10-game NHL schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Both games feature division rivals, as the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators match up at TD Garden at 1 p.m ET. With a regulation win, the Senators could tie the Bruins for second in the Northeast and fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Islanders, who cracked the top eight with Saturday night’s shootout win over Buffalo, host the New Jersey Devils at 2 p.m. The Devils lead the Atlantic Division by five points, but are coming off consecutive regulation losses for the first time since the opening two games of the season.

Eight more games get under way in the evening, including three with 7 p.m. start times.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, coming off being swept by rival Florida in a home-and-home, look to recover as they travel to face another Southeast foe in the Carolina Hurricanes. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres visit the Phoenix Coyotes in an intriguing cross-conference matchup, and the resurgent St. Louis Blues shoot for their fifth win in a row when they pay a call to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Central Division showdown.

The Panthers, back to .500 on the season at 20-20-8, remain within the division as they host the Atlanta Thrashers in the lone 7:30 game.

Four more teams face off at 8 p.m., as the Nashville Predators welcome in the Toronto Maple Leafs while the Minnesota Wild face the Dallas Stars, a franchise that once called the Land of 10,000 Lakes home.

The Edmonton Oilers continue to seek their first victory of the calendar year as they visit the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m.

Capping off the day’s events at 10 p.m., the San Jose Sharks host the Calgary Flames. It will be the second game in as many nights for the Flames, while the Sharks are hoping to tie the idle Blackhawks for the Presidents’ Trophy lead with a victory.
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