A year ago, a Lakers/Knicks matchup would have been a team heading for a title against a 50+ loss club. Now, it's a team looking to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years, against a suddenly vulnerable defending champion. Interesting times -- and so is the second half of tonight's ESPN doubleheader, also suddenly.â†µâ†µ
6 p.m., NHL Network: Red Wings at Bruins.
7 p.m., Comcast 100: Wolves at Admirals. The Wolves, like the Blackhawks struggling for a playoff spot, head to Milwaukee.â†µâ†µ
7 p.m., ESPN: NBA, Lakers at Knicks.â†µâ†µ
7:30 p.m., CSN Chicago: NHL, Blackhawks at Stars. The Blackhawks beat the worst team in the league on Wednesday. The Stars are better than the Oilers.â†µâ†µ
9:30 p.m., ESPN2: Suns at Jazz. This matchup is made more interesting by Jerry Sloan's resignation yesterday -- how will the Jazz play under "active coach" Ty Corbin? (And just what is an "active coach", anyway?)