Blues at Avalanche
ESPN2 8 PM
Almost half of the dozen starters in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game at Denver's Pepsi Center played before their hometown crowd. Colorado, with the league's best record at the All-Star break (79 points), was represented by defenseman Ray Bourque, goalie Patrick Roy and forwards Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic (the NHL's leading scorer, with 72 points). Tonight the Avalanche faces off against the team with the next-best record (75 points), Central Division-leading St. Louis. In their lone previous meeting this season, in November, the two Western Conference powers skated to a 3-3 tie.
NBA All-Star Game
NBC 6:30 PM
A release from the computer-sabotaged press office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: " NBC, the channel that brings you The _est _ing,_ill air the 50th annual NBA All-Star game from the MCI Center, home of the _ashington _izards, in our nation's capitol. Former _izards Rasheed _allace and Chris _ebber_ill play for the _est, _hile another Belt_ay �migr�, former Georgetown star Allen Iverson, _ho no_ plays for the 76ers, makes his second start for the East."
ESPN 9 PM
The ESPY, an acronym for Egregious Self-Promotional Yammering, was created nine years ago so that athletes from different sports might gather for one evening to bathe their fragile egos in a reflecting pool of adulation—and perhaps get jiggy with the on-air talent afterward. Speaking of fragile, Unbreakable's Mr. Glass, Samuel L. Jackson, hosts from Las Vegas.
MONDAY 2/12-TUESDAY 2/13
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
USA 8 PM
Pooch parade? Waggin' train? How else to describe a three-week span in which, beginning tonight, sport goes to the dogs? The Westminster features more than 2,500 canines of 159 breeds (including last year's Sporting Group winner, English springer spaniel Samantha, above). Then, starting March 3, the 1,150-mile Iditarod sled dog race ( USA will telecast a two-hour special on April 10) commences in Alaska. In other words, from Best in Show to best in snow. At Madison Square Garden, commentators David Frei and Joe Garagiola—who we hope will opine on Fred Willard's character Buck Laughlin (loosely based on Joe G.) from the film Best in Show—are your dog guides. Raise the woof!
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.