From coast to coast and early afternoon until late evening, Sunday is as full as a hockey day can be with only four games on tap.
The action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins
visit Madison Square Garden for an Original Six showdown against the New York Rangers
. Boston (6-5-1) continued its lose-one, win-one pattern on Saturday afternoon by beating Edmonton 2-0 at the TD Garden behind 19 saves by Tuukka Rask
and third-period goals from Blake Wheeler
and Vladimir Sobotka
. The Rangers are 8-5-1 -- but just 1-4-1 in their last six games. They're coming off road losses to the Islanders and Wild, but may have their top scorer, Marian Gaborik
, back in the lineup. He missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.
At 1:30, the red-hot San Jose Sharks
begin a road trip by visiting the Carolina Hurricanes
. San Jose is 9-4-1 and atop the Pacific Division after winning its fourth in a row, 3-1 over Colorado at home on Friday. The struggling 'Canes have dropped eight in a row after being flattened 6-1 in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
The Columbus Blue Jackets
come to Washington for only the fifth time in their history when they visit the Verizon Center for a meeting with the Capitals (5 p.m. ET). Both teams are coming off tough 4-3 losses at home on Friday night -- Columbus blew a two-goal lead late in regulation and lost to Pittsburgh in a shootout, while the Capitals fell to the Islanders in overtime. Washington is 2-1 with a tie in the Jackets' first four visits.
There's a break in the action until 10 p.m. ET, when the Colorado Avalanche
conclude a tough four-game trip with a visit to Vancouver. The Avs are 10-2-2 despite Friday's 3-1 loss at San Jose -- and despite playing 10 of their first 14 on the road. Vancouver comes home after splitting two games in Southern California without injured goaltender Roberto Luongo
, who's out with a broken rib. The Canucks won 2-1 at Los Angeles in a shootout on Wednesday, then lost 7-2 at Anaheim the next night.