The Tampa Bay Lightning
completed the first half of the 2011-12 season by reeling off four straight victories. The Washington Capitals
will attempt to put an end to that winning streak in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Caps -- who sit atop the Southeast Division with 55 points, will visit the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as the NHL returns from the All-Star break with a mammoth 13-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Five games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The New York Rangers
and New Jersey Devils
resume their cross-river rivalry at the Prudential Center, while the Boston Bruins
host the Ottawa Senators
at TD Garden. Also, the Winnipeg Jets
are in Philadelphia to face the Flyers, while the Pittsburgh Penguins
host the Toronto Maple Leafs
Thirty minutes later, the Montreal Canadiens
will face the Buffalo Sabres
at the Bell Centre. The Habs will be seeking their third straight win.
At 8 p.m. ET, the Nashville Predators
will go for their fifth consecutive win as they battle the Minnesota Wild
at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild closed out the first half with back-to-back victories and hold a one-point lead on Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Two more games get under way at 9 p.m. ET -- the Detroit Red Wings
face the Calgary Flames
at Scotiabank Saddledome, while the Phoenix Coyotes
host the Anaheim Ducks
at Jobing.com Arena.
In the final two games of the evening, the Avalanche face the Edmonton Oilers
at Rexcall Place (9:30 p.m. ET), while the Vancouver Canucks
host the Chicago Blackhawks
at Rogers Arena at 10 p.m. ET.