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Coyotes-Stars to be shown on NBCSN, TSN2

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 12:59 AM / Schedule

NHL.com

First place in the Pacific Division is on the line in Dallas on Tuesday night in front of a nationally-televised audience.

The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, who have 83 points apiece, will battle at the American Airlines Center as part of the NHL's 9-game schedule. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.

The Stars (39-28-5) are currently the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference because they have a game in hand on the Coyotes (36-26-11), who gave coach Dave Tippett his 400th career victory Sunday night.

Four games get under way at 7 p.m. ET -- the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New York Islanders, while the Florida Panthers visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Winnipeg Jets at the Consol Energy Center, while the Chicago Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

At 7:30 p.m. ET, the New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back from Monday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers as they face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. That game can be seen on RDS in Canada.

The Nashville Predators, who currently reside in fourth place in the West, are back in action at 8 p.m. ET as they battle the Oilers at Bridgestone Arena.

In another huge Western Conference showdown, the Colorado Avalanche host the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center at 9 p.m. ET. The eighth-place Avs are just two points up on the 11th-place Flames.

In the final game of the evening, the San Jose Sharks will attempt to rebound from Monday's 5-3 loss to Anaheim as they travel to Los Angeles to face the Kings at the Staples Center. That game is set to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN in the U.S.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday