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Friday hockey feast: 12 games on tap

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For shoppers, it may be "Black Friday." But for hockey fans, this Friday is a day to feast. The NHL's 12-game schedule will give fans a full day of their favorite sport.

The action begins at noon ET, when the Boston Bruins host the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins are back at TD Garden after capping a perfect 4-0-0 road trip with s 2-1 shootout victory at Minnesota on Wednesday. That game ended about an hour after the Devils finished off a 3-1 home victory over the Ottawa Senators.

At 1 p.m. ET, the Buffalo Sabres visit the Philadelphia Flyers for the third meeting between the teams in less than a month. The teams split the first two meetings, with the Sabres winning at Philadelphia 13 days ago. The Sabres have dropped four in a row, including Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Washington. The Flyers beat the Islanders 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a five-game road trip with a 2-3-0 record.

The Islanders host Pennsylvania's other team at 2 p.m. when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the Nassau Coliseum for the second meeting between Sidney Crosby and Isles' rookie John Tavares. Crosby had a goal and an assist in the Pens' 3-1 home win Wednesday against Montreal. He also had a goal, an assist and the shootout winner in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win at the Nassau Coliseum in Tavares' NHL debut on Oct. 3

Also at 2 p.m., Minnesota hosts Colorado in the opener of a home-and-home series that concludes Saturday in Denver. The Avalanche lost 4-3 in overtime at home to Nashville on Wednesday while the Wild lost to Boston in a shootout.

Chicago goes for its ninth win in a row when it visits Anaheim at 4 p.m. ET. The Hawks have won all four games on their "Circus Trip," including a 7-2 demolition of San Jose at the Shark Tank on Wednesday in which Marian Hossa scored twice in his Blackhawk debut. Anaheim also comes in off a win after beating Carolina 3-2.

The action moves back East at 7 p.m. when the Carolina Hurricanes return home to host the Atlanta Thrashers. Atlanta comes to Raleigh after a 2-0 shutout win at Detroit on Wednesday, while the 'Canes are back home after the loss at Anaheim.

Also at 7, the Wings try to get their offense back in gear when they host the Calgary Flames. Calgary begins a six-game trip after a 2-1 home win against Calgary on Wednesday. The Wings have scored just one goal in losing both of their games this week.

Both Florida teams are home for games that start at 7:30 p.m. ET, flip-flopping the opponents they hosted on Wednesday. The New York Rangers visit Tampa Bay after a 2-1 shootout win at Florida, while Toronto visits the Panthers following a 4-3 win over the Lightning.

The NHL's second-hottest team, the Nashville Predators, try for their eighth win in a row when the St. Louis Blues come to Music City at 8 p.m. ET. The Blues come to town after a 4-3 shootout win in Dallas on Wednesday, while David Legwand's OT goal gave Nashville its win in Colorado.

At 9 p.m. ET, the Dallas Stars visit Phoenix. The Coyotes are back home after losing both games of a trip through Alberta in which they scored only one goal. Dallas' shootout loss to the Blues was the Stars' fifth in six shootouts this season.

The day's last faceoff is at 9:30 p.m., when the San Jose Sharks visit the Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks are coming off their first home loss of the season, the blowout by Chicago on Wednesday, while the Oilers lost 3-1 to Los Angeles.






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