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by Paul on 12/27/13 at 11:33 AM ET
HOCKEYTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL FAN ZONE OPENS
The 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival Fan Zone officially opens today in conjunction with the first day of the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational, which features four local NCAA teams.
Check out the full schedule of events through Jan. 1 (all times Eastern):
FRIDAY, DEC. 27
2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival Fan Zone opens, Comerica Park (through Dec. 31)
2013 Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park (Day 1)
Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Tech Huskies – 3:30 p.m.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. University of Michigan Wolverines – 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 28
2013 Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park (Day 2)
Game 1 (Consolation Game) – 3:30 p.m.
Game 2 (Championship Game) – 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 29
Ontario Hockey League Doubleheader, Comerica Park
London Knights vs. Saginaw Spirit – 1:30 p.m.
Windsor Spitfires vs. Plymouth Whalers – 5:00 p.m.
MONDAY, DEC. 30
Winter Classic media skate, game and briefing, Michigan Stadium – 2:00 p.m.
American Hockey League Game, Comerica Park
Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – 6:00 p.m.
Media reception (TBA) – 7:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 31
Team Practices, Michigan Stadium
Detroit Red Wings – 12:00 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs – 3:00 p.m.
2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown, Comerica Park
Game 1 – 1:00 p.m.
Game 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Spectator Plaza, Michigan Stadium (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings, Michigan Stadium (1:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS, SiriusXM Radio)
NHL RETURNS FROM HOLIDAY BREAK
The NHL returns from its three-day holiday break with a 10-game slate tonight.
Reminder: The holiday roster freeze, which applies to all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status, expires at midnight (local time) tonight, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., RDS, SNET-E, NESN
Columbus @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG PLUS
NY Rangers @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., MSG 2, CSN-DC
Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-CR
Buffalo @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN, MSG-B
Colorado @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., ALT, CSN-CH
Minnesota @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-N, TSN-JETS
Nashville @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-TN, FS-SW
Edmonton @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., SNET-W
San Jose @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CA, KTVK
BRUINS LOOK TO STAY HOT AT HOME
The Senators visit the Bruins in the clubs’ second meeting of the 2013-14 season. Ottawa scored four unanswered goals, highlighted by Jared Cowen’s winner midway through the third period, to defeat Boston 4-2 in their first matchup Nov. 15. The Bruins, however, have won 13 of their last 16 games versus the Senators, including six of the past eight in Boston. Overall, the Bruins are 12-0-2, including seven consecutive victories, in their last 14 games at TD Garden, their longest home winning and point streaks since a 14-game winning streak Oct. 25, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009.
RANGERS, CAPITALS RENEW ACQUAINTANCES
The Rangers face off against the Capitals in the third of four meetings this season, following road victories by each team in their first two matchups. Tonight’s contest marks the 200th regular-season meeting between the clubs, with Washington (93-82-24) holding a 210-200 points advantage in the all-time series (NYR: 88-87-24). The Rangers, however, are 8-3-1 in their last 12 regular-season matchups and have eliminated the Capitals – in seven games – from each of the past two postseasons (2013 CQF, 2012 CSF). Overall, New York is coming off a franchise-record nine-game homestand (3-4-2), while Washington has lost three of its past four (1-2-1).
CENTRAL DIVISION RIVALS MEET IN CHICAGO
The Blackhawks play host to the Avalanche in the second of five meetings this season. Colorado has won five of its last seven games against Chicago, including a 5-1 victory Nov. 19, and has gained points in six of its past eight visits to United Center (4-2-2). Overall, the Blackhawks have won six of their last eight contests (6-1-1), while the Avalanche have earned points in six of their past seven (3-1-3). Patrick Kane, who ranks second in the NHL with 22-27—49 in 39 outings this season, is riding a 12-game point streak (7-14—21), his second such streak in 2013-14 (Nov. 3-27: 8-9—17).
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