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Saturday schedule features 24 teams in action

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It's another hectic Saturday in the NHL, as the dozen games on tap feature a number of divisional battles, several teams facing off for the second time this week and five of the six division leaders in action.

A pair of games with 1 p.m. ET starts gets the day going. Boston hosts Ottawa for the second time in six days -- Daniel Alfredsson's natural hat trick led the Senators to a 5-1 win in another matinee on Martin Luther King Day. Meanwhile, Carolina travels to Philadelphia with a chance to get out of the League basement with a win -- the Hurricanes have pulled to within one point of Edmonton in the overall standings.

Five more games get under way at 7 p.m. Among them are a couple rematches from the past week, as the New York Rangers visit Montreal and New Jersey travels to face the New York Islanders. The Rangers broke out of an offensive slump and pounded the Habs 6-2 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, while the Islanders blanked the Devils 4-0 at Nassau Coliseum on MLK Day behind Rick DiPietro's first shutout in more than a year.

Washington puts its five-game winning streak on the line against Phoenix, Florida looks to creep closer to the top eight in the Eastern Conference as it hosts Florida and Detroit welcomes in Los Angeles in a battle of the current No. 7 and 8 seeds in the Western Conference.

The lone 7:30 start pits Tampa Bay against Atlanta in a battle of Southwest teams on the fringe of the East playoff race.

The West rules the latter half of the evening, with seven of the eight teams playing in the remaining four games hailing from that conference. St. Louis takes on Anaheim at 8 p.m., while at 9 p.m. the Wild face off with Columbus as part of Hockey Day 2010 celebrations in the state of Minnesota.

Don't even think about turning in early, as the Presidents' Trophy race heats up in the final two games of the night. Chicago, which has 74 points, continues its eight-game road trip in Vancouver at 10 p.m., while half an hour later San Jose, the League's top team with 76 points, hosts Buffalo in a cross-conference challenge between division leaders.






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