First place in the Northeast Division is still up for grabs, and the Boston Bruins will continue their pursuit Tuesday night in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Bruins, who just won two of three tough games on the West Coast, return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden as part of the NHL's eight-game schedule. 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.
The Lightning (35-33-7) are likely to miss the playoffs after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago. However, the resilient club will be seeking its fourth straight win Tuesday night.
Four games get under way at 7 p.m. ET -- the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Chicago Blackhawks visit the New Jersey Devils. Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New York Islanders at the Consol Energy Center, while the Washington Capitals face the Buffalo Sabres at the Verizon Center.
Also at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Florida Panthers continue to chase the Southeast Division crown as they face the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. That game can be seen on RDS in Canada.
In the final two games of the evening, the New York Rangers travel to Minnesota to face the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, while the St. Louis Blues host the Nashville Predators. Both of those showdowns begin at 8 p.m. ET.