First place in the Atlantic Division will be on the line when the Philadelphia Flyers
host Pittsburgh in one of 12 games on the NHL's Thursday night schedule.
The Flyers trail the Penguins by a point as they return home after Wednesday's 5-4 overtime victory in Buffalo, a game that saw them rally from a 3-0 deficit to win for the second time in less than a week. The Penguins have been off since Monday's 3-1 home loss to Boston, and they'll be without captain Sidney Crosby
, who will sit out Pittsburgh's next two games.
The NHL Network will air the game in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Five other games also start at 7, including three in the New York metropolitan area.
Tampa Bay, a 5-1 loser Tuesday night on Long Island, heads into Manhattan to play the Rangers, who had their five-game winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Monday. The Islanders host Chicago, a 4-3 shootout loser at home to Phoenix on Monday, while the Devils are back in New Jersey to host Ottawa after a 3-2 overtime win in Toronto on Tuesday. The Senators are on the second half of a back-to-back after losing 5-3 at home to Washington on Wednesday.
Boston is back at TD Garden after Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Winnipeg to host Florida, which has had a couple of days off after Monday's 5-4 home win against Washington. Also, Columbus is home after a 3-2 shootout win on Tuesday at Montreal to host Nashville, a 3-2 home loser to Phoenix on the same night.
A half-hour later, the Coyotes will try to make it three wins in four nights in the Midwest when they visit Detroit. The Wings are home after a 3-2 loss Tuesday night in St. Louis. Also at 7:30, Montreal hosts Vancouver, which starts a road trip after a 6-0 home win against Colorado on Tuesday. That game can be seen in Canada on RDS.
At 8 p.m. ET, St. Louis hosts Anaheim, which is also beginning a road trip. The Ducks come off a 3-2 win against Los Angeles on Tuesday -- their first victory in three tries under new coach Bruce Boudreau
. At 9, Colorado visits Calgary, a 7-6 winner against Carolina on Tuesday.
The last two games of the night both begin at 10:30 p.m. ET. The NHL's top team, the surprising Minnesota Wild
, visit Los Angeles looking for a sweep of the three California teams after a 2-1 win at San Jose on Tuesday. The Sharks will try to rebound when they host Dallas, which has been off since Saturday's 5-4 home loss to the Islanders.