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).