New York Islanders at New York Rangers: One the league’s classic rivalries. It wasn’t that long ago that the two New York teams were neck and neck in the standings and battling for first place in the Atlantic Division. Both teams have struggled in the past month but especially the Islanders, who have dropped six straight games and fallen seven points behind the Rangers. Nothing like a win at MSG to get things going in the right direction.
Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators: Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Ducks were running away with the Western Conference? Well a win by the Preds in this game and they find themselves only three points behind the first-place Ducks. Anaheim is battling key injuries although Nashville will tell you it survived just fine for six weeks, thank you, without star goalie Tomas Vokoun, who coincidentally may make his return in goal.
Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars: The red-hot Coyotes look go a perfect five for five on their road trip as they wrap it up in Dallas. They’re also looking for their seventh straight win overall, salvaging what was looking like a season headed nowhere. Now they’re only five points out a playoff spot with half a season to go.
Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs: A rare visit to the Air Canada Centre for the streaking Canucks, winners of seven straight. It kicks off a tough road trip that also has stops in Montreal, Ottawa and Buffalo.
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames: The Battle of Alberta matchup wraps up the Hockey Day In Canada triple-header on TV. The Oilers begin the week out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference and this game against the rival Flames caps off a busy week, which began Monday at Los Angeles, followed by Wednesday at San Jose and Friday at home to Minnesota.