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Preview Roundups
February 01, 2018
St. Louis at Boston 7:00 PM ET
After failing in their bid to record the second-longest point streak in franchise history, the Boston Bruins will take on another hot team when they host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Boston looks to rebound from a 3-1 home loss to Anaheim, which snapped the team's five-game winning streak and ended a run of 18 straight contests with at least one point.
Florida at Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
The Florida Panthers produced one of their strongest performances of the season in the first game after the All-Star break and look to sweep a quick two-game road swing when they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The Panthers had dropped three straight before recording 40 shots on net and getting 32 saves from Harri Sateri for his first NHL win in Tuesday’s 4-1 triumph against the New York Islanders.
Philadelphia at New Jersey 7:00 PM ET
Less than 24 hours after suffering a disheartening loss, the Philadelphia Flyers look to avoid a third straight setback when they visit the Metropolitan Division-rival New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Philadelphia dropped a 5-3 decision at Washington on Wednesday, jumping out to an early two-goal lead before allowing five consecutive tallies.
Toronto at NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET
The New York Rangers return from the All-Star break and attempt to post their third straight home win when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. New York has been idle since last Thursday, when it edged San Jose 6-5 to salvage the finale of its four-game road trip and halt its five-game slide away from home.
Montreal at Carolina 7:00 PM ET
If the Carolina Hurricanes wind up in the playoffs, they may very well point to a dramatic 6-5 win at Montreal in the final game before the All-Star break as one of the season's pivotal moments. The Hurricanes go for their third consecutive victory as they play the second contest of an eight-game homestand against the visiting Canadiens on Thursday night.
Anaheim at Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
The Anaheim Ducks are trending in the right direction with wins in three in a row and five of six to join three other teams bidding for second place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks aim to continue their good fortune on Thursday when they play the second contest of a five-game road trip against Atlantic Division representatives with a date versus the spiraling Ottawa Senators.
Vegas at Winnipeg 8:00 PM ET
Perhaps the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets were not considered to be the top teams in the Western Conference when the season started in October, but February dawns with a showdown between the two division leaders on Thursday. The expansion Golden Knights travel to Winnipeg after scoring three goals in 53 seconds to stun Calgary 4-2 on Tuesday, while the Jets were sprinting past East leader Tampa Bay for a 3-1 victory.
Los Angeles at Nashville 8:30 PM ET
The Nashville Predators welcomed back a former captain on Wednesday with the unexpected return of Mike Fisher, who retired shortly after the team's loss in the Stanley Cup Finals. While the 37-year-old Fisher will need some time to shake off the rust, the Predators will see the return of fellow forward Filip Forsberg on Thursday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.
Tampa Bay at Calgary 9:00 PM ET
The Calgary Flames must recover quickly from a demoralizing loss, in their first game out of the All-Star break, when they host the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. The Flames held a one-goal lead with less than two minutes left Tuesday before coughing up three in a 4-2 setback against Western Conference-leading Vegas, extending their losing streak to five games (0-1-4).
Colorado at Edmonton 9:00 PM ET
The Colorado Avalanche have lost three in a row, but their biggest problem appears to be the loss of Hart Trophy contender Nathan MacKinnon as they continue a three-game road trip through western and central Canada against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. MacKinnon will not play with an upper-body injury after leaving Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver, dropping Colorado one point out of wild-card position in the Western Conference.
Dallas at Arizona 9:00 PM ET
The Dallas Stars bid to rediscover their offense on Thursday as they attempt to compete a three-game season sweep of the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. The Stars erupted for 13 goals in their previous two games before being limited to Tyler Seguin's team-leading 23rd goal in a 4-1 loss at Toronto last week and a 3-0 setback versus Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Chicago at Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
The Chicago Blackhawks may be too far back to make a run at defending their Central Division title, but a playoff berth is easily within their grasp if they can develop any consistency. The Blackhawks will be looking to post just their second three-game winning streak of the season when they visit the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.