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What to watch for Tuesday night

New York Rangers (31-26-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-24-8), 7 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-1 Carolina

Starting goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist (23-20-4, 2.37 GAA) vs. Cam Ward (25-20-7, 2.74 GAA)

Preview: Only two points separate these teams in the seventh and eighth slots in the Eastern Conference, but neither team has played well recently. The Rangers are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games and the Canes are 3-5-2 in that span. The Rangers scored just 23 goals in 15 games, the worst goals per game average in the league during that span. Adding to New York's problems is an injury to Marian Gaborik. Gaborik was diagnosed with a concussion, although the team is uncertain of when he suffered the injury.

Phoenix Coyotes (32-19-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (39-15-5), 7 p.m. ET

Starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (26-14-6, 2.56 GAA) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (23-9-3, 2.44 GAA)

Preview: The Coyotes have won a season-high seven straight games and they've been riding the hot goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov all month long. He is 7-2-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in February. But facing the East-leading Flyers will be a tough test for the Coyotes. Philadelphia is among the best home teams in the NHL with a 19-8-2 record and is coming off a 3-1-0 road trip.

New York Islanders (23-30-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-27-7) 7 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-1

Starting goaltenders: Al Montoya (3-0-0, 1.23 GAA) vs. James Reimer (8-4-2, 2.20 GAA)

Preview: The Isles and Leafs continue to surprise the league with their late season surges. The Isles are 6-1-0 in the last seven games and have scored at least three goals in each of their last nine games, their longest streak since a 10-game run in 1994. A win by New York would get them to .500 under interim coach Jack Capuano, who took over Nov. 15. The Leafs are 6-2-2 in February and seven points behind Carolina for the final playoff spot in the East.

San Jose Sharks (33-21-6) at Detroit Red Wings (37-16-6), 7:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-1

Starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (20-15-3, 2.43 GAA) vs. Jimmy Howard (30-10-3, 2.76 GAA)

Preview: The Red Wings have won five straight overall, while the Sharks have won 12 of their last 15 overall. San Jose is riding the hot goaltending of Antti Niemi, who turned his season around in mid-January, the same time the Sharks started their run of 12 wins in 15 games. The Wings have a 10-point lead in the Central Division and the third-highest point total in the league. Jimmy Howard has a league-leading 30 victories and is 3-1-1 with a 2.56 GAA in his career against San Jose.

Colorado Avalanche (25-27-7) at St. Louis Blues (27-22-9), 8 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-0 Colorado

Starting goaltenders: Peter Budaj (12-12-4, 3.20 GAA) vs. Ty Conklin (7-4-3, 3.05 GAA)

Preview: After making a huge trade Saturday morning, the Avs and Blues face off in a game originally postponed by snow. The Blues sent former No. 1-overall pick Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick the the Avs for winger Chris Stewart, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and a second-round draft choice.

New Jersey Devils (25-30-4) vs. Dallas Stars (31-22-6), 8:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-0 Dallas

Starting goaltenders: Johan Hedberg (12-10-2, 2.45 GAA) vs. Kari Lehtonen (23-17-6, 2.69 GAA)

Preview: New Jersey is on a torrid 15-1-2 run over its last 18 games, winning seven in a row while holding opponents to eight total goals. The Devils are 10 points behind Carolina for the East's final postseason spot after being as far back as 27 points on Jan. 8. Meanwhile, the Stars have dropped eight of nine and fallen to eighth in the Western Conference. Unfortunately for the Devils, they haven't won in Dallas in nine years.

Boston Bruins (33-19-7) at Calgary Flames (31-22-9), 9 p.m. ET

Starting goaltenders: Tim Thomas (26-8-6, 2.02 GAA) vs. Miikka Kiprusoff (27-19-4, 2.62 GAA)

Preview: The Flames have been on an unbelievable roll since Jay Feaster took over as general manager after Darryl Sutter stepped down on Dec. 28. They have the second-best record in the NHL in that span at 15-4-5 and are in sixth place in the Western Conference. The Bruins look to improve to 3-0 on their current six-game road trip as they work in new additions Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Montreal Canadiens (31-22-7) at Vancouver Canucks (38-13-9), 10 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-0 Montreal

Starting goaltenders: Carey Price (27-20-6, 2.42 GAA) vs. Roberto Luongo (28-10-7, 2.26 GAA)

Preview: The Canucks haven't lost in regulation at home to an Eastern Conference opponent all season, while the Canadiens haven't earned a point on the road against a team from the West. Adding to the Canucks' odds is the fact that they have won their last eight home meeting with the Habs. This could be an intriguing matchup of No. 1 goaltenders if Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Montreal's Carey Price both start. Montreal-native Luongo is 11-0-3 with a 1.81 GAA in 14 home starts since his last regulation loss there on Dec. 5. British Columbia-native Carey Price looks to erase the memory of his last game in Vancouver when he was pulled after giving up seven goals.

Information from ESPN Stats & Info and the Associated Press was used in this report.