The Ottawa All-Star weekend packed a ton of skills being showcased and some comradery between players that normally just ‘face-off’ at center ice or on the blue line. As of this evening; however, it is back to business as the puck drops to launch the second half of this 2011-12 NHL regular season…also the rosters begin their climb to snag the coveted playoff slots in the race for Lord Stanley. It is ‘nitty-gritty’ time!

The action returns with quite the punch featuring 13 games scheduled for tonight’s resumption of the regular season and as all hockey fans know…anything is possible from here on out.

The Washington Capitals touch down inTampa with the determination to bring the Bolts down from their most recent four straight victories they sealed prior to the All-Star break. This game is featured on the NBC Sports Network (TSN2 in Canada) this evening, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

The Montreal Canadiens are hungry for their third straight win as they will face The Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre, for the only other game scheduled to start at 7:30 this grand hockey evening

Numerous games hold a 7:00 puck drop tonight:

  • The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center,  
  • Boston Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.  
  • Winnipeg Jets are inPhiladelphiato face the Flyers at the Wachovia Center
  • Pittsburgh Penguins tango with The Toronto Maple Leafs.

*Both the Pens and Leafs come off of the break on current win streaks, should make a great match to catch!

The 8:00 p.m. slot fires with The Nashville Predators dueling for their fifth straight win as they face-off against The Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Keep in mind though, that The Wild left for break coveting back-to-back victories; and a one-point lead on Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Four more games will pack NHL action this evening:

The 9:00 p.m. slot:

  • Detroit Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome
  • Phoenix Coyotes play host to the Anaheim Ducks, in Phoenix

At 9:30 p.m. The Avalanche face the Edmonton Oilers atRexcall Place and the final puck drops in tonight’s action at 10:00 p.m. with the Vancouver Canucks welcoming The Chicago Blackhawks to Rogers Arena.

Quite the evening within the NHL and all I can say is us fans have to wait no longer! Good luck to all rosters and good hockey to players and fans alike.