The Toronto Maple Leafs
will have a new face behind the bench when they visit Montreal in one of nine games on Saturday's NHL schedule.
The Leafs fired Ron Wilson and hired Randy Carlyle
in hopes of reversing the effects of a 1-9-1 slide that has dropped them five points out of the last playoff berth in the East. What turned out to be Wilson's last game was a 5-4 loss at Chicago on Wednesday.
The NHL Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Viewers north of the border can see it on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" and on RDS.
The Canadiens, last in the East, are coming into the game off a 5-4 shootout win against Minnesota on Thursday.
Saturday's action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the New York Islanders
visit Boston, where the Bruins beat New Jersey 4-3 in overtime on Thursday.
Also at 7, Tampa Bay tries to build on the momentum of Friday's 4-3 overtime against the New York Rangers
when it visits Carolina. The 'Canes are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
A half-hour later, Florida is back home after Thursday's 7-0 wipeout in Winnipeg to host Nashville, which hasn't played since losing 4-3 at Carolina on Tuesday. At 8 p.m., Phoenix tries to bounce back from Thursday's 4-2 loss to Calgary when Columbus comes to Jobing.com Arena. The Blue Jackets are coming off a 2-0 win at Colorado on Thursday.
The Avs are home again for a 9 p.m. ET start against Pittsburgh.
At 10 p.m. ET, the second half of the "Hockey Night in Canada" doubleheader matches the NHL's best team, the Vancouver Canucks
, against its hottest goaltender, Buffalo's Ryan Miller
. The Canucks stayed on top in the overall standings by blanking St. Louis 2-0 on Thursday, a game that ended about a half-hour before Miller and the Sabres completed a 1-0 win at San Jose -- his second shutout in as many nights.
The final two games both start at 10:30 -- Los Angeles hosts Anaheim and St. Louis visits San Jose.