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 don't have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We've played with five defensemen before and it didn't affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on his team's play with the loss of defenseman Johnny Boychuk