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NHL Tuesday preview: Every team in action in the first Frozen Frenzy

It's not often that all 32 teams in the NHL play in one night, so hockey fans should be sure to enjoy Tuesday evening.

We’ve got a major Tuesday slate in the NHL and it is going to be electrifying.

Below, we will discuss what will be a great day of hockey and talk about some important games and storylines surrounding the day.

Staggered starts increase the excitement

Each game time staggers, which is a scheduling decision the NHL has rarely used. That means none of the 16 games on Tuesday start at the same time.

Kicking us off at 6PM ET is the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals. Neither team has performed to standard so far, but what will make this one fun is two of the NHL’s best goal scorers in Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin will be squaring off.

Then, two matchups between young teams take place, when the Anaheim Ducks face the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6:30 PM ET and the Buffalo Sabres battle the Ottawa Senators at 6:45 PM ET. The Sabres and Senators will battle for places in the standings as they are Atlantic Division rivals.

The excitement continues with a great matchup between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 PM ET. This could be one of the best games of the earlier contests, so keep an eye on this one between two strong teams that aim to make deep playoff runs this postseason.

Then, an exciting New Jersey Devils team takes on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 7:15 PM ET.

The next game on the list involves the Dallas Stars heading on the road to take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 PM ET, followed by two sunny teams in the San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers meeting up at 7:45 PM ET.

Games will face off every 15 minutes until 9:45 PM ET, and after that, the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings start at 10:30 PM ET and the Philadelphia Flyers and Vegas Golden Knights begin their matchup at 11 PM ET.

Late slate brings even more action

By 8 PM ET on Tuesday, this crazy night in the NHL will be two hours old and the fun times are just beginning.

Another game with high potential of excitement comes when the New York Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche at 8PM ET. It will be interesting to see if the defensive-minded Islanders can stop the elite Avalanche, who are 5-0.

The next game comes between the struggling Seattle Kraken and the red-hot Detroit Red Wings, who have the top two points scorers in the NHL in Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Larkin.

Before the Western-focused games begin, Connor Bedard and his Chicago Blackhawks take on the undefeated Boston Bruins for the second time this season. It will be a fun Original Six matchup that the Blackhawks will look to win this time.

Western Conference joins the fray

As the night gets later, more Western Conference teams begin to hit the ice. This begins with the St. Louis Blues taking on the Winnipeg Jets in a Central Division showdown. It will be the first of three matchups this season.

Next, the Edmonton Oilers play their first game without Connor McDavid, as he is out for the next one to two weeks. They do this against the Minnesota Wild, who have proven they can compete with the best.

Up next is another all-Western game, that will be between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators, two teams who have shown promise early on this season.

For one of the last three games of the night, the New York Rangers face the Calgary Flames at 9:45 PM ET. Mark this one as another game that could be very exciting, as there is a ton of talent throughout each roster.

The LA Kings host the Arizona Coyotes at 10:30PM ET and for big-time hockey fans, they will be tuning in for yet another great game. The Tuesday night festivities end with the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Vegas Golden Knights in a game set to begin at 11 PM ET.

Big night on the cards for all teams

The season is only young, and no team has played more than six games. A night like this can be important for setting the tone - or falling behind - early in the season.

Talented teams like the Capitals, Penguins, Panthers, and Oilers have had slow starts to the season and they need to turn things around immediately. Alternatively, there are teams who need to keep their feet on the gas and keep their strong starts going, including the Golden Knights, Avalanche, Stars, Bruins, and Red Wings.

This will be a great showcase of even better talent and, if the night is deemed successful, we should see even more of these jam-packed nights.

It is going to be an incredible evening of NHL hockey.

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