NHL schedule and starting goaltenders: Playoff picture heating up

Joel Auerbach

There are seven games in the NHL on Monday night. With the trade deadline a little over a week away, teams will look to solidify their standing in order to determine their approach to roster additions or subtractions.

There are seven games scheduled in the NHL on Monday night, with two contests in the Eastern Conference and five in the West.

Both Eastern Conference games could impact the playoff picture as the Boston Bruins make another push to regain the Northeast Division lead and the New Jersey Devils look to jump the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In the Western Conference, several teams will look to improve their standing as the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks look to grab hold of the eighth seed. The Minnesota Wild also have a chance to regain the Northwest Division lead from the Vancouver Canucks.

Here's a full look at the schedule and Monday night's starting goaltenders:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
7 p.m. ET | TV: RDS, TSN, NESN
Goalies: James Reimer (expected), no morning skate
Blog coverage: Pension Plan Puppets, Stanley Cup of Chowder

New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. ET | TV: MSG PLUS, SNET-E, TVA
Goalies: Martin Brodeur (expected), Ben Bishop (confirmed)
Blog coverage: In Lou We Trust, Silver Seven

Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks
8 p.m. ET | TV: TSN2, NBCSN, CSN-CH
Goalies: Jonathan Quick (expected), Corey Crawford (expected)
Blog coverage: Jewels from the Crown, Second City Hockey

Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
8 p.m. ET | TV: SNET-W, FS-TN
Goalies: Devan Dubnyk (expected), TBD
Blog coverage: Copper & Blue, On the Forecheck

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
8:30 p.m. ET | TV: FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Goalies: TBD, Kari Lehtonen (expected)
Blog coverage: Hockey Wilderness, Defending Big D

Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes
10 p.m. ET | TV: FS-D, FS-A
Goalies: Jonas Gustavsson (confirmed), Jason LaBarbera (expected)
Blog coverage: Winging it in Motown, Five for Howling

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks
10 p.m. ET | TV: CSN-CA, PRIME
Goalies: TBD, Viktor Fasth (expected)
Blog coverage: Fear the Fin, Anaheim Calling

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