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.
The NBC Sports Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Sunday's action begins with a pair of games at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh, an 8-1 winner against Tampa Bay at home on Saturday, hosts Columbus at the Consol Energy Center. The Lightning move on to New Jersey, where the Devils are coming off a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Friday night.
At 3 p.m. ET, the Canucks continue their six-game road trip with a stop in Dallas, where the Stars are coming off a 4-1 win against Minnesota on Friday.
Two hours later, Ottawa will try to bounce back from Saturday's 5-3 home loss to Boston when the New York Islanders
come to Scotiabank Place. Also at 5 p.m., Florida is back home after Saturday's 3-2 shootout win at Carolina to host Montreal, a 4-1 loser at Washington on Friday.
At 6 p.m. ET, San Jose, a 6-2 loser at Nashville on Saturday, will wrap up its nine-game road trip with a visit to Minnesota.