Sabres at Leafs
The Leafs started their long January homestand in style with wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets, which kept them in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Now they need to beat Buffalo in regulation time to keep the good times rolling. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Sportsnet Ontario.
Blues at Canadiens
It’s always fun when a former Montreal player comes to call, in this case St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak. While few will argue the decision to keep Carey Price instead of Halak, the lack of return on the goalie is a sore point, even considering Lars Eller’s big night last week, as well as the Habs’ current woes. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-Habs.
Sharks at Wild
Minnesota went into a swoon after lingering at the top of the league all season, while San Jose’s hot streak has it moving into the top four of the Western Conference. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., TSN 2.
Blackhawks at Red Wings
Hey, any time these Original Six rivals hook up, you have to watch. Especially when both teams are among the best in the Western Conference. Saturday, 12:30 p.m., TSN 2, NBC.
Kings at Flames
Since the Kings turned themselves around with the arrival of Darryl Sutter as their new head coach, you know they will want to win this one as much as he does. Since there is nothing like a Sutter scorned, he wants to beat the team that dumped him as GM very, very badly. Saturday, 10 p.m., CBC.