Flames at Stars – Calgary and Dallas are duking it out for 11th place in the Western Conference, which sounds like a turtle race. This game should show if either team has a hope of rising to eighth place. Monday, 8:30 p.m., Sportsnet West.
Wild at Canucks – This game has more promise than the previous one, but you needed a reason to be in front of the TV in the first place, right? Vancouver and Minnesota are fighting for first place in the Northwest Division. Monday, 10 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific.
Predators at Blue Jackets – This may be the first time in page history we are recommending Columbus as a team to watch. But the Jackets grabbed 16 of a possible 20 points in their last 10 games (6-0-4) by the weekend, so it’s worth a look to see what’s up with the perennial doormat. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports Ohio.
Wild at Red Wings – Both teams were on two-game winning streaks by Sunday and were scrapping over fifth place in the Western Conference. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., TSN2, NBCSN.
Bruins at Leafs – If Toronto is to have any hope of turning itself around, it needs at least one win out of this home-and-home series with its nemesis Boston, which starts here. Saturday, 7 p.m., CBC.