Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will go head-to-head as part of an exciting nine-game schedule in the NHL on Tuesday night.
The San Jose Sharks
, who sit atop the Pacific Division with 65 points, head to the desert to battle the Phoenix Coyotes
at Jobing.com Arena at 9 p.m. ET. Phoenix (26-15-5), one of the surprise teams of the League this season, is eight points behind the first-place Sharks.
Five games get under way at 7 p.m. ET. In a nationally-televised showdown, the New Jersey Devils
will cross the Hudson River to battle the New York Rangers
at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have earned points in nine of their last 10 games (6-1-3) and have pulled within seven points of the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins
in the Atlantic Division. New Jersey leads the division and the Eastern Conference with 63 points. The game can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.
Also at 7, the Detroit Red Wings
visit the New York Islanders
, the Philadelphia Flyers
host the Dallas Stars
, the Carolina Hurricanes
take on the Toronto Maple Leafs
at the Air Canada Centre and the Atlanta Thrashers
host the Ottawa Senators
(RDS in Canada).
In a Southeast Division showdown, the Washington Capitals
face the Tampa Bay Lightning
at 7:30 p.m. ET at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Caps, who lead the division with 60 points, have won three in a row.
The Columbus Blue Jackets
, who have also won three straight games, search for No. 4 at 8 p.m. ET as they face the St. Louis Blues
at the Scottrade Center. Ken Hitchcock's club (18-20-9) is just two points ahead of the Blues, who are in last place in the Central Division.
At 9 p.m. ET, the Edmonton Oilers
return to the ice to take on the Nashville Predators
at Rexall Place. The Oilers (16-23-5) have won only once in the last 10 games, while the Preds (27-16-3) are 13-7-2 on the road, including a 3-2 win at Vancouver on Monday night.