Can the Chicago Blackhawks make it six in a row? Television viewers across both the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to find out Tuesday night.
Chicago (21-8-4), which made it five in a row and moved atop the League standings with Sunday night's 4-2 victory against Calgary, faces arguably its biggest challenge to date as the Blackhawks visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
Pittsburgh (18-11-4) will be without the services of captain Sidney Crosby, but Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and a pair of assists in the Pens' 8-3 win against Buffalo on Saturday night. The highly-skilled Russian has a 5-game point streak, tallying 6 goals and 6 assists over that span.
Canadian viewers will be treated to a second game, as TSN will broadcast the showdown between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators from Scotiabank Place. That match is also slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. With a regulation win, the Sens can move ahead of Buffalo and into a tie for second-place in the Northeast Division with Toronto.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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