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.
The Winnipeg Jets' pursuit of a playoff berth in their first season back in the NHL will resume in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.
The Jets -- who currently have a one-point lead for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, will face the Buffalo Sabres at the MTS Centre. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
Buffalo (30-27-8) has won three in a row behind the stellar goaltending of Ryan Miller. The Sabres trail the Jets by just two points for the No. 8 seed in the East.
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference are set to meet for a third time this season, and a nationally-televised audience awaits.
The New York Rangers, who have a 10-point lead atop the East, will host the No. 2 Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2, RDSI). New York still has the double-digit edge thanks to Boston's 3-2 loss on home ice against the New York Islanders on Saturday.
The Bruins will likely be without both goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Daniel Paille, both of whom left Saturday's game with injuries. Rask reportedly left TD Garden on crutches after suffering an undisclosed leg injury in the second period. Paille left in the third due to an undisclosed injury.
After finishing February with six road games, the Vancouver Canucks are ready to begin March by staying at home for a couple of weeks.
The NHL's best team welcomes St. Louis to Rogers Arena for a 10 p.m. ET start in one of nine games on Thursday's NHL schedule. The Canucks ended a 3-1-2 trip with a 2-1 shootout loss at Phoenix on Tuesday -- their last game away from home until March 19.
Thursday's action begins with four games at 7 p.m. ET. The New York Islanders visit Philadelphia, which is home after a 1-0 loss at San Jose on Tuesday ended a four-game road trip. The Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers visit Carolina, New Jersey visits Boston and Minnesota is at Montreal in a game that can be seen in Canada on CBC and RDS.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will conclude February on the road as they visit Dallas in one of four games on the NHL schedule for Wednesday.
It will be a homecoming for forward James Neal, who will be back in American Airlines Center for the first time since the Stars dealt him to Pittsburgh last February for defenseman Alex Goligoski. He returns to his former home as a 30-goal scorer who recently signed a six-year contract extension.
Both team are coming off wins on Sunday: Pittsburgh topped Columbus 4-2, while Dallas rallied to beat Vancouver 3-2 in overtime.
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 on Monday.
Four hours after the 2012 NHL trade deadline passes, one of the best rivalries in the National Hockey League will resume in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.
The New York Rangers -- who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference by seven points, will face the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. 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.
After an eight-game tour of North America, the Anaheim Ducks finally get back to the Honda Center on Sunday night -- and their playoff hopes are a lot better than when they left.
The Ducks host the Chicago Blackhawks in one of seven games on Sunday's NHL schedule. Anaheim is back home after wrapping up a 5-1-2 road trip with a 3-2 shootout win on Thursday, a victory that moved the Ducks within four points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference -- they're now six points behind eighth-place Dallas with a game in hand.
The Hawks will be trying to end a two-game slide that includes a 4-0 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday.
One of the best rivalries in the National Hockey League will resume in front of a nationally-televised audience Tuesday night.
The Detroit Red Wings -- who currently sit atop the Western Conference by just two points, will face the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. 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.
Chicago (32-21-7) has won three in a row. The Blackhawks trail the Nashville Predators by three points for the No. 5 seed in the West.
The Washington Capitals' bid to get back into playoff position will be televised across the United States and Canada on Monday night.
Washington, which is just 3-5-2 over its last 10 games, will visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in a Southeast Division showdown. Opening faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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