Two teams fighting to stay in the playoff mix meet for the only time this season when the San Jose Sharks face off against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
San Jose begins play in 11th place in the Western Conference, eight points behind the eighth-place Edmonton Oilers.
Tampa Bay has it a little easier. The Lightning are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference race, two points behind the New Jersey Devils, three behind the Atlanta Thrashers and four in back of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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