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January 12, 2019
Philadelphia at New Jersey 1:00 PM ET
The Philadelphia Flyers bid to feed off the momentum of ending their season-high eight-game winless skid (0-6-2) and move out of the cellar of the Metropolitan Division on Saturday afternoon when they visit the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers' first victory since Dec. 23 lifted the club to within one point of the Devils, who have scored just five goals during their three-game skid.
NY Rangers at NY Islanders 1:00 PM ET
The New York Rangers don't always get the New York Islanders' best shot, but it certainly seems that way in what has turned into a lopsided rivalry. After scoring a late goal to eke out a narrow victory at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, the Islanders vie for a sweep of the home-and-home series against the visiting Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Lightning easily have the best record in the league, and part of that is due to their ability to rally from behind, with six victories in 11 games in which they trailed after two periods - by far the best percentage in the NHL. The Lightning look to put that talent on the backburner and make things easier on themselves when they begin a three-game road trip Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Boston at Toronto 7:00 PM ET
John Tavares has scored 10 of his team-leading 29 goals in his last 11 games to pay significant dividends on the seven-year, $77 million contract he signed in the summer. Fresh off tallying twice to eclipse the 300-goal plateau in his career, Tavares looks to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a split of their four-game season series against the visiting Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Colorado at Montreal 7:00 PM ET
The slumping Colorado Avalanche are off to an ugly start to their five-game road trip through Canada, giving up a total of 12 goals in a pair of losses at Winnipeg and Calgary. Colorado has lost 12 of its last 15 games overall (3-9-3) and dropped six in a row away from home entering Saturday night's matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.
Columbus at Washington 7:00 PM ET
After extending a pair of impressive winning streaks, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals will resume their rivalry against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The Capitals have won three in a row after beating Boston for the 14th consecutive time on Thursday night for their 10th straight Eastern Conference road win.
Detroit at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Minnesota Wild have begun the new year by winning four of their first five games, including the opener of a stretch during which they play five of six contests at home. Minnesota hopes to keep the momentum rolling when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Vegas at Chicago 8:30 PM ET
After seeing a pair of gaudy streaks come to a halt in their last outing, the Vegas Golden Knights bid to maintain their mastery of the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday when the teams conclude their season series at the United Center. The Golden Knights have won all five meetings with the Blackhawks over the last two campaigns, including an 8-3 drubbing in Chicago on Nov. 27 in which they set a franchise record for goals scored.
St. Louis at Dallas 9:00 PM ET
After laying another egg on the road with a loss at lowly Philadelphia, the Dallas Stars have to chance to move closer to first place in the Central Division when they open a six-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The Stars dropped two of three on their just-concluded road trip, but the one bright spot was a 3-1 victory at St. Louis.
Ottawa at San Jose 10:00 PM ET
Defenseman Erik Karlsson has made himself at home with the San Jose Sharks, stringing together one goal and 24 assists over 14 consecutive appearances before being held in check in his last outing. The two-time Norris Trophy recipient will look to contribute on offense versus his former team as the Sharks vie for their season-best sixth straight win on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at SAP Center in San Jose.
Arizona at Edmonton 10:00 PM ET
Conor Garland is listed at 5-10, 165 pounds, but has become a large presence on the ice as the Arizona Coyotes continue a three-game trip through Western Canada on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. The Scituate, Mass., native has taken advantage of injuries to Christian Dvorak, Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz, and has six goals in his first 16 NHL games - four in the past three contests.
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to extend their road winning streak to seven when they continue their five-game trip Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. Pittsburgh kicked off its trek with a 7-4 victory in Anaheim on Friday - its second straight seven-goal performance away from home and the third time in four road contests it has netted at least six tallies.