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A look at the seven games on the NHL slate tonight

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There are seven games on Tuesday night's schedule, including two nationally televised affairs.

Not surprisingly, it is the Battle of Ontario -- Toronto hosting Ottawa in a game televised on TSN at 7 p.m.) -- that is generating a good deal of the buzz.

Toronto will go with Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson in goal for his first NHL start. Toronto fans, meanwhile, are also excited to see the reconfigured Sens -- minus Dany Heatley -- for the first time this season.

In the other nationally televised game (TSN2, Versus, 7 p.m.), Washington's Mike Knuble returns to meet his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers in what should be a high-scoring affair. In fact, Washington's top line of Nicklas Backstrom centering the two Alexs -- Ovechkin and Semin -- has already accounted for 16 points in two games.

The other 7 p.m. game is a Southeast Division battle between Carolina and Tampa Bay.

At 9 p.m., Anaheim plays Minnesota in an intriguing Western Conference showdown. At the same time, Calgary will be hosting Montreal in an all-Canadian matchup that will provide a stern challenge for both teams.

Thirty minutes later, it is traditional rivals Dallas and Edmonton going at it. Dallas center Mike Modano is doubtful for this game.

An all-California showdown, at 10:30 p.m., closes down the night's action. The Sharks, who just learned they will be without Joe Pavelski for at least a week, invade the STAPLES Center to tangle with the Kings.

Here are NHL.com's previews for each of Tuesday night's seven games.

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.               
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.       
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.           
Anaheim at Minnesota, 7 p.m.            
Montreal at Calgary, 9 p.m.               
Dallas at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.           
San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

  

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