Two teams desperately fighting for a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive Western Conference will clash in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Colorado Avalanche
-- who currently sit just one point out of eighth place in the West, will host the Minnesota Wild
at the Pepsi Center. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Minnesota (28-28-10) will be looking to avoid a three-game skid. The Wild trail eighth-place San Jose by seven points heading into Tuesday's action.
Five of 12 games begin at 7 p.m. ET. Randy Carlyle
makes his home debut as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
as they host the Boston Bruins
at the Air Canada Centre, while the New York Rangers
face the New Jersey Devils
at the Prudential Center. Also, Philadelphia hosts Detroit; Carolina travels to Washington and Phoenix heads to Columbus.
The Tampa Bay Lightning
, who have gotten right back into the mix with four straight victories, face the Ottawa Senators
at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Two games get under way at 8 p.m. ET -- the St. Louis Blues
host the Chicago Blackhawks
at the Scottrade Center, while the Los Angeles Kings
face the Nashville Predators
at Bridgestone Arena.
Also at 9 p.m. ET, the Montreal Canadiens
travel to Calgary to take on the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. That game can be seen on RDS in Canada.
In the final two games of the evening, the Vancouver Canucks
host the Dallas Stars
at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET), while the Edmonton Oilers
face the Sharks at HP Pavilion at 10:30 p.m. ET.