NHL schedule and starting goaltenders: Sprint to playoffs begins Thursday


There are 10 games in the NHL on Thursday night. Here's a look at the starting goalie matchups and game time information.

There are 10 games in the NHL on Thursday night, with five games in the Eastern Conference and five in the West.

With the trade deadline in the past, the push for the playoffs is now the main focus of every NHL team (well, most every team).

There are several games that directly impact playoff positioning, with the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks all poised to take over the division lead in their groupings.

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

Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs
7 p.m. ET | TV: CSN-PH, SNET-O
Goalies: Ilya Bryzgalov (expected), James Reimer (expected)
Blog coverage: Broad Street Hockey, Pension Plan Puppets

New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
7 p.m. ET | TV: NHLN-US, MSG, NESN
Goalies: TBD, Tuukka Rask (expected)
Blog coverage: In Lou We Trust, Stanley Cup of Chowder

New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
7 p.m. ET | TV: MSG PLUS, CSN-DC
Goalies: Evgeni Nabokov (expected), Braden Holtby (expected)
Blog coverage: Lighthouse Hockey, Japers' Rink

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
7 p.m. ET | TV: SUN, FS-CR
Goalies: Ben Bishop (expected), Dan Ellis (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Raw Charge, Canes Country

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens
7:30 p.m. ET | TV: RDS, TSN-JETS, TSN-HABS
Goalies: TBD, Peter Budaj (confirmed)
Blog coverage: Arctic Ice Hockey, Eyes on the Prize

Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators
8 p.m. ET | TV: FS-O, FS-TN
Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky (expected), Pekka Rinne (expected)
Blog coverage: The Cannon, On the Forecheck

St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
8:30 p.m. ET | TV: FS-MW, CSN-CH
Goalies: TBD, Corey Crawford (expected)
Blog coverage: St. Louis Game Time, Second City Hockey

Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes
10 p.m. ET | TV: FS-D, FS-A
Goalies: Jimmy Howard (expected), Jason LaBarbera (expected)
Blog coverage: Winging it in Motown, Five for Howling

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
10:30 p.m. ET | TV: SNET-W, SNET-P
Goalies: Not yet announced, Cory Schneider (expected)
Blog coverage: Copper & Blue, Nucks Misconduct

Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings
10:30 p.m. ET | TV: NHLN-US, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W
Goalies: TBD, Jonathan Bernier (expected)
Blog coverage: Hockey Wilderness, Jewels from the Crown

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