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Thursday's eight games will generate lots of action

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The action will be fast and furious on Thursday night as the NHL prepares for an eight-game schedule.

Things get under way at 7 p.m. ET with a pair of games. The red-hot Atlanta Thrashers look for their fifth straight win when they host the Boston Bruins (8-8-4) at Philips Arena. The Thrashers would like nothing more than to get a little revenge after the Bruins won all four meetings last season. Also at 7, the Toronto Maple Leafs make their second visit to the RBC Center in less than two weeks to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (TSN in Canada).

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to make it three in a row at 7:30 p.m. ET, when they visit the Ottawa Senators (9-6-3) at Scotiabank Place. That game can be seen on TSN2 in Canada.

Two more games will begin at 8 p.m. ET. The New Jersey Devils, who are tied with Pittsburgh for first place in the Atlantic Division, pay a rare visit to the Sommet Center to take on the Nashville Predators, while the St. Louis Blues host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Scottrade Center. The Coyotes are coming off a 3-2 win at Minnesota on Wednesday.

Thirty minutes later, the Dallas Stars, who won 3-1 at Detroit on Wednesday night, will be back home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the American Airlines Center. At 9:30 p.m., the Calgary Flames host the Chicago Blackhawks on TSN in Canada. The Hawks haven't visited the Pengrowth Saddledome since last April, when they eliminated the Flames from the first round of the playoffs.

In the final game of the night, the Anaheim Ducks, who are off to a 6-10-3 start and returning home after an 0-3-1 road trip, will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Honda Center. The Lightning (8-4-6) enter the game in second place in the Southeast Division after a 4-1 win at Phoenix on Monday. 
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