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NHL schedule 2014: Red Wings visit Rangers, Ducks host Islanders

A short NHL schedule features teams hungry for wins.

For three teams playing on Wednesday, the slate of games offers a chance to right the ship with extra eyes of idle NHL fans watching.

Following a loaded day of NHL on Tuesday with 12 games, there are only three games are on tap for Wednesday. The schedule is headlined by the matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. The teams will get national attention at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit is coming off losses to Buffalo and Ottawa, two teams coach Mike Babcock and players know they should've beaten. Whether the Wings can rediscover lost urgency in Madison Square Garden against the stout Rangers remains to be seen.

Elsewhere, Montreal sets off to Buffalo seeking a win to pull the Canadiens out of a downswing. The Sabres might provide a wonderful opportunity to break out of a funk, as the Sabres rank last in nearly every important category in the NHL. The final matchup will feature the Anaheim Ducks hosting the New York Islanders. The Ducks hit a brief rough patch, losing two of three games, but have now won two in a row and return home for four straight. The Islanders opened the season 4-0, but have stumbled since and will enter the game at 6-5-0 coming off three straight losses.

Here is the complete schedule for Wednesday:

Visitor Home Local TV Canadian Nat'l TV USA Nat'l TV
Montreal Buffalo RDS, MSG-B SN
Detroit New York Rangers
TVA, SN1 NBCSN
New York Islanders Anaheim MSG+, FS-W