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Canucks-Avs highlights busy Tuesday

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There are nine games on the NHL schedule Tuesday night, but none bigger than the one that will take place in Denver.

With first place in the Northwest Division on the line, the Vancouver Canucks will aim to extend their two-point lead as they battle the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center at 9 p.m. ET. Both teams have 17 games remaining as they gun for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tuesday's action begins with a trio of games at 7 p.m. ET. In a game that can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada, the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Nashville Predators battle the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

Thirty minutes later, the Montreal Canadiens return home after a successful West Coast trip to host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. Montreal rallied for a pair of goals late in the third period en route to a 4-3 shootout win at Anaheim on Sunday night, just 24 hours after winning in Los Angeles. Tampa Bay (27-26-11) enters the game four points behind Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The game can be seen on RDS in Canada.

The Minnesota Wild return to the ice at 8 p.m. ET against the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center. Twenty-one of the Wild's 31 victories have come at home.

At 9:30 p.m. ET, the Edmonton Oilers will look for their third straight win as they host the Ottawa Senators at Rexall Place. Edmonton earned a 2-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

In the final game of the night, the Anaheim Ducks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center at 10 p.m. ET. The Ducks (30-27-8) are six points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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