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Ovechkin's likely return highlights Tuesday schedule @NHL
After weeks of waiting, NHL fans may very well see the return of Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin as part of the NHL's five-game schedule on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin, who hasn't played since Nov. 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, is likely to play against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a game that will be televised nationally in the U.S. on Versus and TSN2 in Canada at 7 p.m. ET.

"We'll see tomorrow," Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said of Ovechkin's status on Monday morning. "As of today, he's in."

Washington went 4-2 in Ovechkin's absence, while the Blueshirts ended a two-game skid with a 2-1 shootout victory at Ottawa on Saturday.

The battle of Ontario resumes at 7:30 p.m., when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Leafs have just three wins in 18 tries this season and have lost three in a row. At the same time, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to make it two in a row as they visit the Montreal Canadiens (RDS in Canada).

The Nashville Predators (9-8-1) will look to extend their winning streak to three games at 8 p.m. ET against the San Jose Sharks at the Sommet Center. Todd McLellan's club surrendered a 3-1 lead on Sunday night en route to a 4-3 overtime loss at Chicago.

First place in the Northwest Division is on the line in the final game of the night as the Calgary Flames host the Colorado Avalanche at the Pengrowth Saddledome at 9:30 p.m. ET. Colorado (12-5-3) currently holds a one-point lead on the Flames (12-4-2), who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

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