The Minnesota Wild's continued pursuit of a playoff spot in the Western Conference will be televised nationally on Tuesday night.
Minnesota, which trails No. 8 Los Angeles by just two points, will host the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
The battle for first place in the Southeast Division will be shown on national television Monday night.
Just 24 hours after passing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the standings, the Washington Capitals will take on the Bolts at the St. Pete Time Forum. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada. The Caps moved into first with Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win at Florida.
The heated battle for the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference will be shown on national television Thursday night.
The Boston Bruins, who are coming off a remarkable 6-0-0 road trip, return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States.
Tampa Bay, which is tied with Boston with 81 points apiece, failed on an opportunity to move ahead of the Bruins on Wednesday night. The Lightning dropped a 2-1 decision at New Jersey.
The Buffalo Sabres' continued chase for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference will be shown on national television Tuesday night.
Buffalo, which now trails the Carolina Hurricanes by just two points, will visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the U.S and TSN2 in Canada. Brad Boyes, who was acquired from St. Louis on Sunday night, is expected to make his Sabres' debut.
The Rangers lost backup goaltender Martin Biron to a broken collarbone during Monday's practice. New York is just five points ahead of Buffalo.
The Lightning play their first road game in more than a month when they come to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET start, the first of eight games on the NHL schedule. The Bolts finished a record-tying 12-game homestand with a 7-3-2 record by edging New Jersey 2-1 on Friday night, while the Rangers steamrolled the Caps 6-0 in Washington -- then spent their off-day acquiring defenseman Bryan McCabe from Florida.
The game can be seen in Canada on the NHL Network.
The Boston Bruins are spending their Saturday night a long way from home.
The Bruins' two-week road trip brings them to Rogers Arena in Vancouver for a showdown of division leaders. The Northeast-leading Bruins have had three days off since a 3-1 win at Calgary on Tuesday, while the Canucks, who lead the Northwest, the Western Conference and the overall NHL standings.
Boston is making its first trip to Vancouver since winning 1-0 on Oct. 28, 2008, and it's just the Bruins' third visit since 2002. The 10 p.m. ET start is the second half of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader -- and the last of eight games on Saturday's schedule.
The Tampa Bay Lightning ended one eight-game winning streak on Wednesday. They'll try to snap another one when the New Jersey Devils, the NHL's hottest team, come to the St. Pete Times Forum for one of nine games on Friday's schedule.
The Lightning routed Phoenix 8-3 to end the Coyotes' eight-game winning streak. They don't figure to generate as much offense against a team that's coming off Tuesday's 1-0 win at Dallas and has allowed just 31 goals in a 16-1-2 surge.
The 7:30 p.m. ET start is the finale of Tampa Bay's 12-game homestand.
Friday's action begins with three games at 7 p.m. ET.
One night after extending their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 overtime victory at Philadelphia, the Phoenix Coyotes will go for win No. 9 when they pay a rare visit to Tampa Bay. The Lightning, playing the 11th game in a 12-game homestand, have been idle since Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to Florida.
The 7:30 p.m. ET start is one of six games on Wednesday's NHL schedule.
For the second time in three nights, Versus will be at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for a showdown between two of the NHL's top teams when the San Jose Sharks come to town.
The Sharks made it four wins in a row and nine in 11 games since the All-Star break when they held off the Red Wings 4-3 in Detroit on Tuesday. Versus was on hand Monday night when the Penguins were beaten 1-0 by Washington, with Alex Ovechkin scoring the game's only goal.
Langenbrunner, who was traded back to the Dallas Stars on Jan. 8, will face his former club as the Stars host the Devils at the American Airlines Center. Game time is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada. The red-hot Devils have won seven in a row and are now just 10 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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