SBN Gameday: Face To Face On High Places

Tonight's soundtrack: Face To Face On High Places by School Of Seven Bells -- Because there are a number of playoff-affecting games tonight in both conferences. Grab a Newcastle Brown Ale and get your remote handy for channel flipping, it's going to be a busy and fun night.

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 PM ET
So, is Marian Gaborik out of John Tortorella's doghouse now? When will Carolina get out of the ninth-place hump?

Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins, 7 PM ET
Buffalo will have to discover another source for offense with Drew Stafford out. Does Peter Chiarelli frequent SBN's Stanley Cup of Chowder blog?

Anaheim Ducks at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 PM ET
Do the Ducks need to get more forward depth like their California brothers? The always-frank Ron Wilson talks glowingly about the last Toronto game.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers, 7 PM ET
Tampa's got a big chance to pad their divisional lead tonight. Will the Thrashers miss Ben Eager at all?

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils, 7 PM ET
No Evgeni Malkin, no Sidney Crosby, so who will center the Penguins top line? The Devils will have to strategize a little differently without Pittsburgh's top guns to shut down.

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders, 7 PM ET
How has young Mathieu Perrault fared this season compared to last? Kyle Okposo is back, and that prompts a Total Recall reference over at Lighthouse Hockey. "Hey Kyle, see you at the party!"

Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 PM ET
Considering where the Sens are at, maybe it's time to get nostalgic about John Muckler. Get your vote in on the Name That Line contest for Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, and Ville Leino.

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues, 8 PM ET
Jimmy Howard returns tonight for Detroit and he'll probably be motivated by those Evgeni Nabokov rumors. The Blues have lost out on KHL re-treads thanks to the waiver wire, but is that a bad thing?

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche, 9 PM ET
In a team with no #1 line, a new #1 line has formed for Nashville. Colorado is looking for three in a row tonight.

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers, 9 PM ET
Is the Dallas media finally realizing that they've got a pretty good team? The Oilers don't seem to know how to handle their concussion issue.

San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks, 10 PM ET
Despite winning two straight, tonight is a definition game for San Jose. Vancouver says hello to Kyle Wellwood. Please refrain from the fat jokes, he's a slim 180 pounds now!

Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 PM ET
Tonight is the first of back-to-backs for Phoenix. Since Thanksgiving, the Kings have been the worst team in the Western Conference. Ouch.

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