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Preview Roundups
February 23, 2019
Washington at Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Captain Alex Ovechkin has haunted opposing goaltenders in his last four games, scoring five times to boost his NHL-leading total to 43 this season while reaching 650 in his decorated career. The three-time Hart Trophy recipient aims to continue his torrid ways on Saturday afternoon as the Washington Capitals conclude their season-high six-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres, who have lost four in a row (0-3-1).
New Jersey at NY Rangers 1:00 PM ET
The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils sit in seventh and eight place, respectively, in the Metropolitan Division and that lowly status is why both clubs expect to see some roster turnover by Monday's NHL trade deadline. The Devils will play for the only time away from home in a seven-game stretch when they make a short trek to visit the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Boston at St. Louis 4:00 PM ET
After seeing their franchise-record 11-game winning streak finally come to a halt, the surging St. Louis Blues may find it hard to bounce back when they face a team that has been almost equally as hot. The Blues will look to erase the memory of a 5-2 loss in Dallas on Thursday night when they return home to face the sizzling Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
Carolina at Dallas 5:00 PM ET
Captain Jamie Benn broke out of a long scoring slump last time out and hopes to follow up the big night when his Dallas Stars resume their hunt for a Western Conference playoff spot Saturday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Benn managed one goal in 14 games before scoring twice as Dallas, which holds the first wild-card spot, snapped a three-game slide with a 5-2 victory over red-hot St. Louis at home Thursday
Los Angeles at Florida 5:00 PM ET
The Florida Panthers look to rebound from a demoralizing loss last time out as they continue their quest to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race Saturday night when they host the struggling Los Angeles Kings. The Panthers had won three in a row and nine of 13 games before coughing up a third-period lead and suffering a 4-3 setback against Carolina on Thursday.
San Jose at Columbus 5:00 PM ET
Matt Duchene was kept off the scoresheet against his former team just hours after being traded, but the Columbus Blue Jackets managed to come away with a victory anyway. Duchene and the Blue Jackets look to make it two in a row when they begin a five-game homestand Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.
Colorado at Nashville 5:30 PM ET
The Nashville Predators are starting to resemble a Stanley Cup contender as they continue their three-game homestand Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche in a big Central Division clash. Nashville has won two straight and three of its last four games after Thursday's 2-1 victory over Los Angeles as it continues to jockey with Winnipeg for Central supremacy.
Montreal at Toronto 7:00 PM ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs have dropped three in a row to open the door for the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens to inch closer to them in the Atlantic Division standings. The Maple Leafs aim to get back on track and defeat the Canadiens for the third time in as many meetings this season when the Original Six rivals reconvene in Toronto on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 8:00 PM ET
Sidney Crosby has tormented fans of the Philadelphia Flyers from the moment he was selected by the Keystone State-rival Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 40 goals among his 97 points in 65 career encounters. Designated as Public Enemy No. 1 in the City of Brotherly Love, Crosby is bracing himself to be booed in front of nearly 70,000 fans on Saturday night as the Penguins play the Flyers in an outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field.
NY Islanders at Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
The New York Islanders have gone more than three months without losing three straight games and will look to keep that streak intact when they wind up a three-game road trip with a visit to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. New York dropped the first two games on the trek through Western Canada to whittle their lead atop the Metropolitan Division to two points.
Anaheim at Edmonton 10:00 PM ET
After heroically ending his team's five-game slide, captain Connor McDavid will be watching from the press box on Saturday when the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks. McDavid scored 1:22 into overtime against the New York Islanders on Thursday but received a two-game suspension the following day for his actions earlier in the game.