There's nothing unusual about the Montreal Canadiens
and New York Rangers
playing on a Saturday night -- they've been doing it for 86 seasons. Only the location is unusual.
The Canadiens come to Madison Square Garden for one of 11 games on Saturday's NHL schedule. While the Rangers have played more than 200 Saturday games in Montreal, this is only the 11th time since the Rangers entered the NHL in 1926 that the Canadiens have come to the Big Apple for a Saturday visit.
Montreal comes to the Garden after a 2-1 win in Ottawa on Friday. The Rangers had the night off after a 2-1 shootout win against Anaheim on Thursday.
Fans in the United States can see the game on the NHL Network, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air in Canada on RDS and in some areas on CBC.
Six other games also start at 7.
In Toronto, the Leafs will try to build on their lead in the Northeast Division lead when they host Boston in a game most of Canada will see as the first half of a Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader. The Leafs are back at the Air Canada Centre after Thursday's 4-1 win at Columbus.
Buffalo, a 2-1 winner at home against Calgary on Friday, visits Ottawa, while Washington travels to Long Island after a 5-1 win at Carolina on Friday for a game against the New York Islanders
, whose 3-0 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday was their sixth consecutive game without a win. The Jets go across the Hudson River to face New Jersey, a 4-3 shootout winner in Philadelphia on Thursday, while the Flyers try to bounce back when they host Columbus. Anaheim continues its road trip in Detroit, where the Wings will try to end a six-game losing streak.
An hour later, St. Louis will try for its second win in as many days when it visits Minnesota, where the Wild are coming off a 5-1 victory against Vancouver on Thursday. The Blues beat the Canucks 3-2 in St. Louis on Friday.
Edmonton goes for its seventh consecutive win when it visits Phoenix at 10 p.m. ET, in the second game of Hockey Night in Canada's doubleheader. The Oilers improved to 8-2-2, their best start in 25 years, when they blanked Los Angeles 3-0 on Thursday.
The Kings will try to bounce back when they host Pittsburgh at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Penguins are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss at San Jose on Thursday. Also at 10:30, the Sharks host Nashville, which won 3-0 in Phoenix on Thursday night.