Two teams desperate to get back into playoff position in the Western Conference will go head-to-head in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Kings
-- who currently two points back of the Dallas Stars
for the eighth and final playoff spot 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 (28-25-9) has won only three of its last 10 games and is back points back in the playoff race. Hoping for more offense from their blue line, the Wild acquired Tom Gilbert
from the Edmonton Oilers
Five of nine games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Ottawa Senators
will visit the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden, while the Toronto Maple Leafs
host the Florida Panthers
at the Air Canada Centre. Meanwhile, the New York Islanders
battle the Washington Capitals
at the Verizon Center, while the Carolina Hurricanes
host the Nashville Predators
Also at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Montreal Canadiens
return to action as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning
at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. That game can be seen on RDS in Canada.
In the final two games of the evening, the Phoenix Coyotes
face the Vancouver Canucks
at Jobing.com Arena (9 p.m. ET), while the San Jose Sharks
finally return home against the Philadelphia Flyers
at HP Pavilion. That showdown is slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.