Two huge points in the Western Conference playoff race will be on the line Tuesday night. The Colorado Avalanche
and Minnesota Wild
will pursue them in front of a nationally-televised audience.
The Avs -- who currently reside in eighth place in the West with 54 points, will host the Minnesota Wild
at the Pepsi Center as part of the NHL's mammoth 13-game schedule Tuesday night. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
Minnesota (23-18-7) trails Colorado by just one point. The Wild earned a 5-2 victory against the Dallas Stars
on Saturday night.
Four games begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Toronto Maple Leafs
and New York Islanders
will conclude their home-and-home series at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, while the New Jersey Devils
host the Buffalo Sabres
. Also, the Winnipeg Jets
are in Manhattan o face the Rangers, while the Washington Capitals
host the Boston Bruins
Thirty minutes later, the Philadelphia Flyers
head south to take on the Florida Panthers
at the BankAtlantic Center, while the Tampa Bay Lightning
host the Columbus Blue Jackets
At 8 p.m. ET, the Pittsburgh Penguins
will be seeking their seventh consecutive win as they battle the St. Louis Blues
at the Scottrade Center. St. Louis is coming off a hard-fought 3-1 loss at Detroit on Monday.
The Nashville Predators
, who continue to roll along behind the stellar goaltending of Pekka Rinne
, return to action at 8:30 p.m. ET against the Chicago Blackhawks
at the United Center. The Preds made it three in a row with Monday's 4-1 win against Columbus.
Two more games get under way at 9 p.m. ET -- the San Jose Sharks
look to bounce back from Monday's 2-1 shootout loss at Edmonton as they face the Calgary Flames
at Scotiabank Saddledome, while the Phoenix Coyotes
host the Ottawa Senators
at Jobing.com Arena.
In the final game of the evening, the Vancouver Canucks
face the Oilers at Rogers Arena at 10 p.m. ET. Vancouver (29-15-4) trails Detroit by five points for the Western Conference lead.