With points in eight of their last 10 games, the Anaheim Ducks
have managed to get back into the Western Conference playoff race. They'll continue their pursuit Tuesday night in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Ducks -- who currently find themselves nine points out of eighth place in the West, will face the Minnesota Wild
at the Xcel Energy Center. 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.
Minnesota (25-22-8) has lost three in a row. The Wild trail the Phoenix Coyotes
by four points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Four of nine games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The New York Rangers
will visit the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden, while the Buffalo Sabres
host the New Jersey Devils
at the First Niagara Center. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues
battle the Columbus Blue Jackets
in a Central Division showdown, while the Tampa Bay Lightning
host the Ottawa Senators
(RDS in Canada).
Also at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Detroit Red Wings
will chase history as they aim to win what would be a record-breaking 21st consecutive game on home ice against the Dallas Stars
at Joe Louis Arena.
The Nashville Predators
, who are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, take on the reeling Chicago Blackhawks
at 8 p.m. ET at Bridgestone Arena. The Blackhawks are winless in their last eight games (0-7-1).
In the final two games of the evening, the Winnipeg Jets
face the New York Islanders
at the MTS Centre (8:30 p.m. ET) and the Calgary Flames
host the Toronto Maple Leafs
(9 p.m. ET).