They'll take matters outside in eight days, but the New York Islanders and New York Rangers will provide a preview of what to expect at Yankee Stadium next week when the teams play at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers (27-21-3) have won three in a row and sit in position to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference, while their rivals across the East River have won seven of their past 10 games to pull within five points of a playoff spot.
Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:
Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres -- The Sabres hope to avoid losing four straight games for the first time since November. They have lost three in a row at First Niagara Center since a five-game home winning streak. Florida is aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 17 and 19. The Panthers cruised to an impressive 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, snapping the Pens' 13-game home winning streak.
St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils -- The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak when they opened their four-game road trip Monday with a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. The four-goal outburst was the team's highest total in five games. The Devils return home after winning once on their four-game road trip. New Jersey had its six-game point streak snapped Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. The Devils are hoping right wing Damien Brunner can return to the lineup after missing the past 14 games with a knee injury.
New York Islanders at New York Rangers -- In a preview of the game at Yankee Stadium next Wednesday as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, one of the sport's best rivalries resumes at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders moved within five points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they rallied for a 4-3 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. Led by Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers have won three in a row to move into second place in the Metropolitan Division
Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers -- It's the first of a two-game road trip for Carolina, which went 1-2-0 on its recent three-game homestand. The Hurricanes fired 51 shots on goal Sunday but lost 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena. Philadelphia earned three of a possible four points during a home-and-home series with the Islanders and now returns home with hopes of avenging two losses to Carolina earlier this season. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak.
Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals -- Ottawa opens a four-game road trip (7 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS) after earning one of a possible four points in home losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Rangers. The Senators are 3-1-1 in their past five road games. The Capitals return to Verizon Center following an 0-3-0 road trip in which they were outscored 13-5. Washington somewhat resolved its goaltending situation Monday when it reassigned Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the American Hockey League, leaving the Capitals with Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.
Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets -- Los Angeles continues its five-game road trip at Nationwide Arena. The Kings are 1-1-1 after a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday. L.A. rallied from a two-goal deficit against the Bruins to tie the game in the third period only to see Boston's Brad Marchand score the game-winner 18 seconds later. Columbus will look to set a new franchise record with its seventh consecutive win. The Blue Jackets made it six in a row with a 4-3 shootout win against the Sabres on Saturday.
Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars -- Minnesota is going for its second win against the Stars (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) in four days after earning a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. With his overtime goal Minnesota's Nate Prosser became the first defenseman in franchise history to score the game-winning goal in back-to-back games. Dallas sustained another loss since then when it suffered a 4-1 setback against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday. The Stars are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche -- Toronto opened a four-game road trip with a 4-2 win against the Coyotes on Monday. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves. The Avalanche will get a boost up front with the return of right wing PA Parenteau, who hasn't played since Dec. 29 due to a knee injury. He has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 38 games this season.
Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers -- Henrik Sedin's streak of 679 consecutive games played will end Tuesday. Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Monday that Sedin, who has 40 points (nine goals, 31 assists) in 50 games, will not be in the lineup in Edmonton due to a suspected rib injury. The Canucks also will be without coach John Tortorella, who was suspended 15 days for his actions during the first intermission of the game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. The Oilers return to Rexall Place to start a three-game homestand after losing four straight on the road.
Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks -- With a win or overtime/shootout loss, Anaheim can tie the 1978-79 Islanders for second place on the NHL list of the longest home point streaks to start a season at 23. The Ducks are the only team in the League that hasn't lost in regulation at home this season (20-0-2). The Jets are 3-0-0 since hiring Paul Maurice to replace Claude Noel as coach. Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba has three goals in the past two games.
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