The proverbial, if not literal, second half of the NHL season begins on Tuesday with all Canadian teams in action.

Here is a snapshot of where the seven Canadian clubs sit heading into crunch time, and what the post all-star break has in store in terms of their schedule.

CALGARY FLAMES

  • Record: 23-21-6, 11th in West
  • Last 10: 5-4-1
  • Current streak: L1
  • Games Left: 32
  • Home/Road: 19/13
  • Conference: 28
  • Division: 9

The healthy home schedule the rest of the way would seem to augur well, but the Flames have been merely OK at Saddledome, with losses in the last two games heading into the all-star break. Calgary has been a terrific 12-3 within the division, but it's the Pacific corps of teams that could prove critical, as the Flames play four times each against Phoenix and Dallas.

EDMONTON OILERS

  • Record: 18-26-5, 14th in West
  • Last 10: 2-6-2
  • Current streak: L1
  • Games Left: 33
  • Home/Road: 18/15
  • Conference: 25
  • Division: 7

For what it's worth the Oilers play 60 per cent of their remaining games against clubs who are not currently in a playoff position. Edmonton has already completed their set against eighth place Minnesota, but they could spoil the postseason chances of Calgary, Los Angeles, Dallas and Colorado, as they've multiple games against each of those clubs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

  • Record: 19-21-9, 11th in East
  • Last 10: 5-3-2
  • Current streak: W2
  • Games Left: 33
  • Home/Road: 16/17
  • Conference: 28
  • Division: 11

The Canadiens have won just nine of 25 home games and the opposition has earned at least one point in 60 per cent of Montreal's dates. It's a tall order for a team that struggles to score goals, but the Habs need to take care of business in regulation, as they have several games left against teams they are chasing. They play three times each against Ottawa and Toronto, with two apiece against Florida and New Jersey.

OTTAWA SENATORS

  • Record: 27-19-6, 6th in the East
  • Last 10 GP: 6-4
  • Current streak: L3
  • Games Left: 30
  • Home/Road: 17/13
  • Conference: 26
  • Division: 10

Ottawa plays Boston four more times, which might not be perceived as a good thing given that the Sens have been outscored a combined 10-5 in two games against the Bruins last year. Ottawa also has all four of their games against the New York Islanders on tap. The Sens will be doing a fair bit of scoreboard watching in the next couple months as every current top 8 Eastern club has at least three games in hand on Ottawa.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • Record: 25-19-5, 9th in the East
  • Last 10: 6-4
  • Current streak: W2
  • Games Left: 33
  • Home/Road: 15/18
  • Conference: 27
  • Division: 9

Boston aside, the Northeast may be one of hockey's weakeast divisions, but the Leafs have won just five of 15 within their division. They can't keep up that dismal rate over their remaining nine Northeast games and hope to secure the franchise's first post-lockout playoff berth. A trip to the playoffs could run through Pennsylvania, as the Leafs have six games left against the Penguins and Flyers.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

  • Record: 30-15-4, 2nd in the West
  • Last 10: 6-2-2
  • Current streak: W2
  • Games Left: 33
  • Home/Road: 18/15
  • Conference: 28
  • Division: 11

The Canucks are tied for second with the fewest regulation home losses, so it's a positive that there are 18 games left at Rogers Arena. As well, while there are five Western Conference teams within five points of the Canucks, Vancouver has just a total of eight games left against those clubs, meaning that the schedule isn't packed with powerhouses.

WINNIPEG JETS

  • Record: 22-22-6, 10th in the East
  • Last 10: 3-6-1
  • Current streak: L3
  • Games Left: 32
  • Home/Road: 16/16
  • Conference: 24
  • Division: 12

A 50/50 split of home and road games won't be good enough for the Jets if they continue their current lacking standard away from MTS Centre. They've lost three straight road games, with a tough Philadelphia date to kick off the next phase of the schedule.  The Southeast Division is not a fait d'accompli by any stretch, and the Jets have six total games left against Washington and Florida to help determine their ultimate placement in the standings.