Two of the more consistent teams in the NHL will go head-to-head Tuesday night in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The St. Louis Blues will look to extend their winning streak to four games in a match against the Phoenix Coyotes at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). St. Louis is 7-1-1 on home ice this season, but the Coyotes have won eight of their past 10 games and enter Tuesday in second place in the Pacific Division.
Here's a look at all of the action Tuesday:
Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres -- These teams meet for the second time in five days after the Kings earned a 2-0 win against the Sabres at Staples Center. Tuesday marks the beginning of a four-game road trip for Los Angeles, which is 4-3-0 away from Staples Center. Buffalo has yet to win a game at First Niagara Center this season; the Sabres are 0-8-1 at home.
Nashville Predators at New York Islanders -- The Islanders return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum after going 0-4-0 on their four-game road trip. New York will likely be without left wing Thomas Vanek, who suffered an upper-body injury on his first shift against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Nashville (8-7-2) has lost two straight games by a score of 5-0 against the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils, respectively.
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers -- These bitter rivals meet for the second time this season after the Devils cruised past the Rangers in a 4-0 win at Prudential Center on Oct. 19. The Rangers have been better since then and have won their past three games and seven of nine to improve to 9-8-0. Left wing Carl Hagelin has four goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals -- After a two-game road trip, the Capitals return to Verizon Center, where they've won four in a row. Columbus, meanwhile, hasn't won on the road since Oct. 10, but the Blue Jackets did end a five-game skid with a 5-2 win against the Islanders on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has three goals in the past four games. Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky has scored in three straight.
Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes -- Colorado seeks its third straight victory and is coming off a 4-1 win against the Capitals on Sunday night. Matt Duchene enters Tuesday with a four-game point streak; he has two goals and four assists during that span. Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters has performed well in Cam Ward's absence; Peters is 2-0-1 over his past three starts, allowing three goals.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens -- Tampa Bay plays its first game of the season without Steven Stamkos after their No. 1 center suffered a broken tibia during a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. Stamkos, who leads the Lightning with 14 goals and 23 points, is out indefinitely. Montreal, which is coming off a 4-2 win against the Islanders on Sunday, is hoping to have forward Daniel Briere (concussion) in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 19. He will likely be a game-time decision.
Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators -- The Senators will have Craig Anderson back between the pipes for the first time since Nov. 3 due to a neck injury, even though backup Robin Lehner went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in Anderson's absence and was named the NHL's First Star of the Week. Philadelphia will aim to build off a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday that saw Flyers captain Claude Giroux score his first goal of the season.
Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings -- The Jets head to Detroit after rallying three times Sunday to earn a 5-4 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks at MTS Centre. Winnipeg has won two in a row for the first time since it opened the season with back-to-back victories. Detroit, which currently resides in third place in the Atlantic Division, is winless in its past five games at Joe Louis Arena.
Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers -- Anaheim, which has won four in a row and sits atop the League standings with 31 points, begins a four-game road trip Tuesday. They may be without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was forced to sit out a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday due to an upper-body injury. Florida returns home after suffering a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Interim coach Peter Horachek will be searching for his first win in what will be his third attempt since replacing Kevin Dineen.
Phoenix Coyotes at St. Louis Blues -- In a game that will be shown across the United States on NBCSN, the Blues (11-2-2) will be seeking their fourth straight win. Alexander Steen, who is off to a remarkable start, will look to extend his 10-game point streak. Steen has 14 goals, which is tied for the NHL lead with Stamkos. Phoenix is coming off a 4-3 shootout win against Washington on Saturday. Coyotes captain Shane Doan has four goals in the past three games and six in as many contests.
San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames -- After a torrid start, San Jose is winless in its past five games, although four of those have gone past regulation. The Sharks' power play has converted four times in its past 23 opportunities, something they'll try to rectify Tuesday. Calgary returns home after going 1-3-0 on its four-game road trip. Flames forward Mike Cammalleri has three goals in the past two games.
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