NHL schedule, starting goalies for Thursday: Pens, Caps meet on NHL Network

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

There are 12 games on tap in the NHL schedule on Thursday night, with contests between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes hosting the Chicago Blackhawks.

There are 12 games on tap in the NHL on Thursday night, with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals acting as the NHL Network's nationally televised game of the night.

While those teams might have the national stage, the contest between the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks could have the most attention. With Raffi Torres playing in his first game against Chicago since his suspension for hitting Marian Hossa during last postseason, there has been speculation about whether the Blackhawks will respond.

Both sides have downplayed the situation, so the prospects of a bench clearing brawl appear slim. However, Torres might find a member of the Blackhawks looking for a fight to put an end to the situation.

Other action will include a battle between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, as well as the Detroit Red Wings against the St. Louis Blues.

Here's a full look at the schedule and tonight's starting goaltenders:

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
7 p.m. ET | TV: RDS, TSN-HABS, MSG-B
Goalies: TBD
Blog coverage: Eyes on the Prize, Die by the Blade

Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils
7 p.m. ET | TV: SUN, MSG PLUS
Goalies: Anders Lindback (confirmed), Martin Brodeur (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Raw Charge, In Lou We Trust

New York Islanders at New York Rangers
7 p.m. ET | TV: MSG PLUS 2, MSG
Goalies: Evgeni Nabokov (confirmed), Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Lighthouse Hockey, Blueshirt Banter

Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers
7 p.m. ET | TV: FS-F, CSN-PH
Goalies: Jose Theodore (confirmed), Ilya Bryzgalov (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Litter Box Cats, Broad Street Hockey

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
Goalies: Michal Neuvirth (confirmed), Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Japers' Rink, PensBurgh

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets
7 p.m. ET | TV: SNET-West, FS-Ohio
Goalies: Leland Irving (confirmed), Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Matchsticks and Gasoline, The Cannon

Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. ET | TV: FS-Carolinas, SNET-East
Goalies: Cam Ward (confirmed), Craig Anderson (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Canes Country, Silver Seven

Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets
Goalies: James Reimer (confirmed), Ondrej Pavelec (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Pension Plan Puppets, Arctic Ice Hockey

Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators
8 p.m. ET | TV: FS-West, FS-Tennessee
Goalies: TBD
Blog coverage: Jewels From the Crown, On the Forecheck

Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild
8 p.m. ET | TV: SNET-Pacific; FS-North, FS-Wisconsin
Goalies: Cory Schneider (confirmed), Niklas Backstrom (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Nucks Misconduct, Hockey Wilderness

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues
8 p.m. ET | TV: FS-Detroit, FS-Midwest
Goalies: Petr Mrazek (confirmed), Brian Elliott (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Winging it in Motown, St. Louis Game Time

Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes
9 p.m. ET | TV: CSN-CH, FS-A
Goalies: Ray Emery (not confirmed), Mike Smith (expected)
Blog coverage: Second City Hockey, Five For Howling

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