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NHL schedule 2014: Rangers-Canadiens highlights Sunday slate

Another Eastern Conference Finals rematch highlights the Sunday slate in the NHL.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL settles down Sunday with a relatively light schedule after packing in a dozen games the night before. Only four games are on the slate, though they're spread nicely across the day for those of you hoping to spend hours watching NHL GameCenter.

The action starts early at 4:30 p.m. ET as the Winnipeg Jets host the St. Louis Blues in a matchup of high-level defensive teams. The Blues and Jets are currently first and fifth in the league in goals allowed per game, respectively, and neither team boasts a particularly potent offense. This one will probably be low-scoring, if that's your thing.

It also marks the first game between St. Louis and Winnipeg since March 17, 2014, a game that chaotically ended with a line brawl and last-second goal that was taken away after initially being awarded. Who knows how the memories of that contest might come back to impact the actions of those involved Sunday afternoon?

Meanwhile, arguably the biggest matchup of the night gets the NHL Network treatment as the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens meet at Madison Square Garden. The rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals should feature the usual strong goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price, so it'll be up to the offenses to provide some fireworks.

Price has been rolling lately, saving 64 of 65 shots over the past two games against St. Louis and Boston. Lundvquist hasn't been quite as strong, though the Rangers shut out the Flyers, 2-0, in their last game with Cam Talbot in goal.

The final two games of the night see the Arizona Coyotes face the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vancouver Canucks. The 'Hawks might be vulnerable on the second night of a back-to-back, but they've won five of six after lighting up the Oilers in a 7-1 win on Saturday and appear to be rounding into form.

The Ducks meet Arizona looking to shake their recent streak of overtime games. Seven of the team's past eight games have gone to extra time, with a 2-1-5 record to show for it. Anaheim is presumably hoping to get back to winning in regulation after letting a hot start to the season get away.

Time (ET) Visitor Home Local TV CAN Nat'l TV U.S. Nat'l TV
4:30 p.m. Blues Jets FSMW TVA
7 p.m. Canadiens Rangers MGS, RDS NHL Network
8 p.m. Coyotes Ducks FSAZ, FSW
9:30 p.m. Blackhawks Canucks CSNC, RSNP