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Around the Rink - Monday, February 14th

Vernon Fiddler, Michal Neuvirth

Phoenix Coyotes left wing Vernon Fiddler, left, shot is stopped by Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the Czech Republic during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Let’s take a look at tonight’s three games, all of which will have an impact on different playoff scenarios. As always, the start times are according to Eastern Standard Time (ET).

8:00 pm

Vancouver @ St. Louis

Facing the top team in the NHL probably isn’t the precise elixir for the struggling Blues, but at least St. Louis is relatively strong at home (16-8-4). They will probably have to deal with red-hot Roberto Luongo, though. The Canucks top goalie has won six games in a row.

Washington @ Phoenix

The Coyotes are trending up right now thanks to the great work of Ilya Bryzgalov, making them a tough start to a five-game road trip for the struggling Capitals. Both teams are struggling to produce offense right now, so it could be a low-scoring affair. (You never know, though.)

10:00 pm

Calgary @ Colorado

Forsberg or not, the Avs are in a free-fall right now, dropping seven consecutive games in regulation. The Flames have lost their last two games, but are generally looking like possible playoff contenders right now. This match is an important one for both teams. Then again, you could probably say that about any contest between two Western Conference playoff teams.