SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers, who were headed in opposite directions before the All-Star break, will play Tuesday at BB&T Center.
The Red Wings will be looking to extend their season-best five-game winning streak when they visit the Panthers, who are trying to end their season-worst four-game skid.
The Panthers also need to win to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings.
Florida (20-14-10) is ninth in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Florida has played four fewer games than Boston and two fewer than Washington.
Detroit (27-11-9) is tied for the second-most points in the Eastern Conference with the New York Islanders, although New York has a game in hand.
"When you look at that over the break, we're seven points back now," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "Even though we've got four games in hand, we've got to win those games. We've got to make sure we're battling hard. The next 10 games are real big. We've got to battle hard, we've got to stay in that race. If we're going to be a playoff team, we've got to make sure we're winning some hockey games."