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NHL gets back to work with 12 games on Saturday

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With the holidays over and the Winter Classic now a memory, most of the NHL gets back to work on Saturday, with 12 games on a schedule that runs from early afternoon into the late-night hours.

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes start the New Year right where they left off -- playing each other, this time at Madison Square Garden at 1 p.m. ET. The teams met in Raleigh on New Year's Eve, with the Rangers winning 2-1.

An hour later, the Dallas Stars go for their third consecutive home win this week when they host Vancouver. The Stars have beaten Chicago and Anaheim at the American Airlines Center this week; the Canucks overcame a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 OT win at St. Louis on New Year's Eve.

Pittsburgh starts a weekend in Florida with a visit to Tampa Bay at 3 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh has been off since a 2-0 loss at New Jersey on Wednesday. The Lightning also have been idle since Wednesday; they've coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal.

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will pay a rare trip to Los Angeles for an afternoon game at 4 p.m. ET. The Caps had two days off after losing 5-2 at San Jose on Wednesday, while the Kings celebrated New Year's Eve with a 5-2 win at Minnesota.

Three games face off at 7 p.m. ET.

The Toronto Maple Leafs finish a swing through Alberta when they visit the Calgary Flames (CBC). The Leafs lost 3-1 at Edmonton on Wednesday, while the Flames edged the Oilers 2-1 on New Year's Eve.

Atlanta completes a grueling four-games-in-six-nights trip with a visit to Long Island. The Islanders have won both meetings between the teams this season.

Colorado visits Columbus in a meeting between losers on New Year's Eve. Colorado was beaten 4-2 in Detroit, while the Blue Jackets dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at home to Nashville.

The Predators had two days to enjoy their win. They're back in action on Saturday as the Anaheim Ducks come to town in one of three games that face off at 8 p.m. ET. The Chicago Blackhawks, who beat New Jersey 5-1 on New Year's Eve, start 2010 by visiting St. Louis.

The Devils, still tops in the East, figure to generate a lot of emotion when they visit the Xcel Energy Center for a meeting with the Minnesota Wild. It will be the first time Jacques Lemaire has coached against his former team -- he had been the only coach in franchise history before resigning after last season, only to return to the Devils.

The Detroit Red Wings start a Western trip with a visit to Phoenix at 9 p.m. ET. The Coyotes saw their 10-game home winning streak end on Thursday with a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose.

The Sharks are back home for the day's final game, hosting the Edmonton Oilers at 10 p.m. ET (CBC). San Jose has won seven in a row; Edmonton has lost eight of nine.



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