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Two MVP candidates will go head-to-head, Sidney Crosby, above, of Pittsburgh and Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay faceoff in Monday’s big game on TSN2. (SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters)
Two MVP candidates will go head-to-head, Sidney Crosby, above, of Pittsburgh and Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay faceoff in Monday’s big game on TSN2. (SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters)

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Lightning at Penguins

Two MVP candidates will go head-to-head, Sidney Crosby, above, of Pittsburgh and Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay.

Monday, 7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN

Predators at Kings

Still with MVP candidates, you can catch goaltender Pekka Rinne of Nashville as he tries to hold off the explosive defending NHL champions in the second half of a Monday TV doubleheader.

Monday. 10:30 p.m., NHL Network Canada

Wild at Blackhawks

Yes, I know, watching Minnesota is as much fun as the lockout. But this could be the game when Chicago finally loses in regulation time.

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports North, Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Avalanche at Blackhawks

See above, plus Colorado will have prodigal son Ryan O’Reilly, above, in the lineup now that his nasty contract fight is over.

Wednesday, 8 p.m., TSN2, NBCSN

Penguins at Flyers

This is the first meeting between these rival0s since Philadelphia ran their record against Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center to 6-1 with a wild 6-5 win that featured all sorts of histrionics.

Thursday, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S., Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

All times Eastern

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