NHL preview - Rangers, Capitals & Blackhawks hoping for victory

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There is never a quiet night in the NHL, and tonight looks like it will be the same story.

Six games will take place tonight, with three of them particularly standing out for different reasons. 

Tampa Bay Lightning (27-15-4) @ NY Rangers (24-20-3) 7pm ET

This game will act as the final game between the sides this season, having already had two encounters this season in which they each shared a win. 

Star man in this game looks to be Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who has certainly found his form recently, and he was rewarded with the NHL Third Star of the Week for the week ending Jan 12th. 

Lundqvist told NHL.com that he is remaining cautious though.

"There's still some work to be done here, but at least it's going in the right direction. I realized a few weeks or maybe a month back that I'm not going to turn this around in one game or two games, that it's going to take a while and I have to take it step by step, work hard and, win or lose, at least I have to play my game and stick to it." 

San Jose Sharks (28-12-6) @ Washington Capitals (22-16-7) 7pm ET

These sides haven't faced each other since February 12th, but it's sure to be a classic when they do meet tonight as two high octane offenses clash. 

Another goalie is on a hot streak heading into tonight, and that is the Sharks' Antti Niemi who stopped 95% of shots that were aimed at him during the last two games against the Bruins and the Red Wings. 

Colorado Avalanche (28-12-5) @ Chicago Blackhawks (30-8-10) 8pm ET

After losing three straight games, the Blackhawks picked up a crucial 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. 

Despite recent poor form, the Blackhawks are still top of the Central Division in the West, and their coach thinks the win last night will give them confidence. 

"It was nice that we played the right way [against Edmonton]," said coach Joel Quenneville. "It will certainly give us confidence in the later stages of games. The next three games are all big tests for us and we want to make sure we have a real good homestand here. It could put us back in a better spot."

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