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Preview Roundups
March 08, 2018
Philadelphia at Boston 7:00 PM ET
The Boston Bruins look to continue their perfect homestand and put together a sharper defensive effort when they host the suddenly struggling Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Bruins have won four straight at TD Garden but have allowed 13 goals in that stretch after posting a 6-5 overtime victory over Detroit on Tuesday in which leading scorer Brad Marchand registered a hat trick that included the game-winning goal.
Winnipeg at New Jersey 7:00 PM ET
Taylor Hall is doing everything he can to return the New Jersey Devils to the playoffs for the first time since 2012, bringing a 26-game point streak into Thursday’s home contest against the Winnipeg Jets. Hall recorded two assists in Tuesday’s 6-4 home victory over Montreal, one coming in the midst of a four-goal first period that helped New Jersey end a three-game losing streak and move three points ahead of Columbus for the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
Colorado at Columbus 7:00 PM ET
The Columbus Blue Jackets are attempting to maintain possession of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and the Colorado Avalanche are trying to latch onto the No. 8 slot in the West. The Blue Jackets will go for their third consecutive victory as they continue a four-game homestand against the Avalanche on Thursday night.
Buffalo at Ottawa 7:30 PM ET
The Ottawa Senators attempt to put some distance between themselves and the Eastern Conference basement Thursday as they return home from a four-game road trip to face the last-place Buffalo Sabres. Ottawa, which is just three points ahead of Buffalo, concluded its 2-2-0 trek with a 3-2 overtime win at Dallas on Monday.
Vegas at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
The Vegas Golden Knights have dropped four of their last five (1-3-1) to take a sliver of the luster off their impressive inaugural season. The Golden Knights look to return to their winning ways and prevent a season sweep at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday when the clubs meet at Little Caesars Arena.
NY Rangers at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Lightning have played a franchise-record six straight games that ended after regulation and 21-year-old center Brayden Point has played a big part in helping them win five of them. Point looks to follow up a nifty overtime winner with another big performance Thursday when the Lightning host the New York Rangers, who they pulled off a blockbuster deal with at the trade deadline.
Montreal at Florida 7:30 PM ET
The Florida Panthers look to continue their surge toward a playoff position when they begin a five-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. The Panthers swept through a six-game homestand before rallying to get a point in a 5-4 overtime setback at Tampa Bay on Tuesday and sits two points behind Columbus for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with three contests in hand.
Anaheim at Nashville 8:00 PM ET
The Nashville Predators will try to extend their franchise-record nine-game winning streak and continue their march toward the top of the NHL when they host the surging Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Nashville defeated Dallas 2-0 on Tuesday and is six points clear of second-place Winnipeg in the Central Division, six ahead of Pacific-leading Vegas and one behind Tampa Bay for the Presidents' Trophy.
Carolina at Chicago 8:30 PM ET
The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to locate the brakes on their epic slide down the Eastern Conference standings before their postseason aspirations go by the boards. Losers of eight of their last 10 (2-6-2), the Hurricanes aim to get back on track Thursday when they play the second contest of their three-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks.
NY Islanders at Edmonton 9:00 PM ET
The New York Islanders are on their longest losing streak in more than four years and suddenly find themselves one point out of the basement in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders look to halt their seven-game slide (0-4-3) when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night in forward Jordan Eberle's return to Rogers Place.
Washington at Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
The Washington Capitals don't have fond memories of last season's road trip through California, and the first leg of their current journey isn't one for the scrapbook either. After dropping all three games last season and getting blanked in the opener of their current trek, the Capitals will try their luck on Thursday as they visit the Los Angeles Kings.
St. Louis at San Jose 10:30 PM ET
The St. Louis Blues have unraveled over the past month but still remain in the playoff hunt despite winning only once in their last nine games. The Blues hope to take advantage of a four-day layoff on Thursday as they resume a four-game road trip at the San Jose Sharks in the first of three straight against Pacific Division foes.