NHL Network has Saturday doubleheader

Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 1:41 AM / NHL Network


Hockey fans in the United States can tune in to see a pair of games with major impact on the playoff races as the NHL Network airs two of the 11 games on Saturday's schedule.

The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. ET, when the NHL's top two scorers -- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos -- get together at Consol Energy Center. The two share the League lead with 73 points, and Stamkos is No. 1 in the goal-scoring race with 43.

An hour later, St. Louis continues its six-game trip in Winnipeg, where the Southeast Division-leading Jets are 3-0-1 in the first half of an eight-game homestand. The game can be seen in Canada on CBC. At 4 p.m. ET, the NHL's hottest team, the Phoenix Coyotes, visit Edmonton.

There are five more games on tap at 7 p.m. ET, including the second half of the NHL Network twin bill, in which Washington visits Toronto in a battle between two of the teams battling for the final playoff berth in the East. Both have 65 points, one behind Florida, though the Caps technically are ninth after their 4-1 home win against Montreal on Friday. The Leafs are coming off a 2-1 home loss to San Jose on Thursday. The game can also be seen in Canada on CBC.

Also at 7, Boston visits Ottawa in a game that will be shown in some parts of Canada on CBC, Buffalo visits the New York Rangers, Florida travels to Carolina and Detroit tries to launch a new home winning streak when Colorado comes to Joe Louis Arena. Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver snapped the Wings' NHL-record 23-game home winning streak.

Two games involving Western Conference teams start at 8 p.m. ET. Los Angeles will have new acquisition Jeff Carter in the lineup when Chicago comes to the Staples Center, and San Jose visits Nashville. In the final game of the night, Philadelphia continues its western swing with a rare stop in Calgary. That game can be seen on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada."