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Habs-Bruins highlights 10-game sked on Thursday

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It's a full night of action on Thursday, with 10 games on an NHL schedule that kicks off with an Original Six matchup.

The evening gets under way at 7 p.m. ET, when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Bruins have had trouble scoring goals as of late -- they've been shut out in each of their last two games. Montreal sits in third place in the Northeast Division at 7-8-0 and has surrendered 18 goals in their last four games. The teams haven't seen each other since last April, when Boston completed a four-game sweep of their ancient rival in the opening round. The game can be seen on TSN and RDS in Canada.

Also at 7, the Atlanta Thrashers (6-4-1) look to make it three in a row as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Philips Arena. Columbus (7-5-2) is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss against San Jose on Wednesday.

A pair of games begin at 7:30 p.m. In Ottawa, the Senators will look to end a two-game skid as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-4-4) at Scotiabank Place (TSN2 in Canada), while the Detroit Red Wings (6-4-3) aim for their third straight win against the red-hot San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. The Sharks (11-4-1) have won six in a row.

The Minnesota Wild have begun to turn things around and will look to continue their winning ways at 8 p.m., when they'll host the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has won its last two games to improve to 5-9-0, while Vancouver (9-7-0) has also won back-to-back contests, both at home, before beginning a five-game trip. Thirty minutes after that game begins, the St. Louis Blues (5-6-1) will look to snap a two-game slide against the Calgary Flames, who earned a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday thanks to an overtime goal by captain Jarome Iginla.

The Phoenix Coyotes (9-6-0) will look to bounce back quickly from Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche as they'll battle the Chicago Blackhawks at Jobing.com Arena at 9 p.m. ET. Chicago sits atop the Central Division at 8-4-1. At 9:30, the New York Rangers will play the second of their three-game road trip against the Edmonton Oilers, who will try to avoid their third straight loss. The Rangers suffered a 4-1 defeat at Vancouver on Tuesday.

Two games will take place in Southern California. At 10 p.m. ET, the Anaheim Ducks will look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they host the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center (NHL Network-U.S.). The Los Angeles Kings, who have fallen three points behind San Jose for the Pacific Division lead, will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 10:30. The defending champions are 7-0-0 on the road, including a 4-3 win at Anaheim on Tuesday, this season and are showing no signs of a Stanley Cup hangover.


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