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    Preview: Washington at Winnipeg

    When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Sometimes a hot goaltender can make the difference, and the Washington Capitals hope Braden Holtby continues his stellar play Saturday when the Capitals visit the Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals have won six games in a row, and much of the credit goes to the 26-year-old Holtby, who has allowed just 12 goals while starting every game of the winning streak.

    “We don’t win that hockey game or even get close to that without his performance,” Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters after Holtby made 33 saves in Thursday’s 3-2 victory at Montreal. Washington’s third victory on its streak came against the Jets, a 5-3 triumph Nov. 25 during which Evgeny Kuznetsov totaled three points (one goal, two assists) and Holtby made 23 saves. But Winnipeg has won two of three since that defeat, beating Toronto 6-1 on Wednesday as rookie goaltender Connor Hellebuyck improved to 2-0-0. “It was kind of the start of some hockey that we liked,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told the media Friday in referencing the first matchup with Washington. “It was almost a starting point of our defensive game starting to round together.”

    TV: 3 p.m. ET, CSN-DC (Washington), SNET (Winnipeg)

    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (18-5-1): Washington made the most of a season-low 19 shots Thursday, getting two goals from forward T.J. Oshie and a goal for the second consecutive game from forward Tom Wilson. Kuznetsov ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in assists (18) and the always dangerous Alex Ovechkin has two goals and two assists in his past four games. Holtby has a 1.87 goals against average and a .936 save percentage during the winning streak, and leads the league with 16 wins.

    ABOUT THE JETS (12-12-2): The 22-year-old Hellebuyck has impressed in his first two NHL games, stopping 46-of-48 shots, and has benefited from an improved defensive effort of late by Winnipeg. The Jets have outshot their past three opponents after giving up more shots in five of their previous six games. Forward Blake Wheeler ranks in the top 10 in the league in points, and captain Andrew Ladd has points in four of his past five contests.

    OVERTIME

    1. Winnipeg’s line of Mark Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault and Drew Stafford combined for seven points Wednesday as Stafford scored twice and Scheifele recorded his 100th career point on a third-period goal.

    2. Washington has scored first in every game during its winning streak, tallying the opening goal five times in the first period and twice on its first shot of the game.

    3. Ladd scored a goal and an assist in the earlier meeting with Washington.

    PREDICTION: Capitals 3, Jets 1

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    Preview: Pittsburgh at Los Angeles

    When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled to locate their offense for much of the season, but Evgeni Malkin has had no such issue over the team’s recent seven-game stretch (4-1-2). With eight goals and five assists during that run, Malkin looks to continue his good fortune on Saturday as the Penguins play the second contest of their four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings.

    Malkin, who scored for the fourth straight contest in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 triumph over San Jose on Tuesday, has six goals and four assists in seven career meetings with Los Angeles. The 2012 Hart Trophy winner was held off the scoresheet in the last meeting, but Marc-Andre Fleury more than picked up the slack by securing two of his league-leading 10 shutouts against the Kings in 2014-15. Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles is coming off consecutive overtime victories heading into back-to-back contests this weekend. Anze Kopitar scored 2:02 into overtime in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver, marking his seventh point (three goals, four assists) in the last six games.

    TV: 4 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN West (Los Angeles)

    ABOUT THE PENGUINS (14-8-2): Defenseman Olli Maatta participated in practice for the second consecutive day on Friday to inch toward a return to game action. “It’s looking positive now,” coach Mike Johnston told the team website of Maatta, who missed six games after he suffered an upper-body injury following a hit from Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter on Nov. 17. Fellow blue-liner Kris Letang is considered questionable to play in Saturday’s contest after leaving practice early on Thursday and failing to skate the following day.

    ABOUT THE KINGS (15-8-1): Tyler Toffoli is trying to remain optimistic after cooling down considerably from his hot start to the season. “It (stinks), but you’ve just got to keep working and keep working for your opportunities to score goals,” said the 23-year-old Toffoli, who has just two goals in his last 14 games. “I haven’t been obviously scoring like I was at the start of the year, but that’s just the way it goes. If I’m getting chances, eventually they’re going to start going in again.” Toffoli has scored eight of his 11 goals at the Staples Center.

    OVERTIME

    1. Los Angeles C Trevor Lewis exited Friday’s practice with an upper-body injury, leaving his availability in question.

    2. Pittsburgh has eight power-play goals in its last seven games.

    3. Kings G Jonathan Quick is just 1-2-3 in his six career meetings with the Penguins.

    PREDICTION: Kings 3, Penguins 2

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    Preview: NY Islanders at Ottawa

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

    The New York Islanders attempt to extend their winning streak to five games when they begin a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. After ending November with regulation victories over Tampa Bay and Colorado, New York has begun the new month with shootout triumphs over the crosstown-rival Rangers and St. Louis.

    The Islanders have earned points in each of their last six contests, going 5-0-1 with each contest being decided by fewer than three goals. Ottawa has split the first two contests of its three-game homestand, dropping a 4-2 decision to Philadelphia on Tuesday before edging Chicago in overtime two nights later. The Senators have won five of their last seven games, scoring four or more goals in four of the victories, and earned points in eight of the last 10 contests (6-2-2). New York won two of its three meetings with Ottawa last season, with all three games being one-goal decisions.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New York), CITY (Ottawa)

    ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (15-8-4): Mikhail Grabovski has not provided much offense for New York this season, but he had the Blues’ number. The 31-year-old German-born Belirusian scored the overtime winner at St. Louis on Oct. 24 before netting his fifth goal of the campaign at 6:39 of the third period Friday to forge a tie. Frans Nielsen’s goal-scoring drought reached five games Friday, but the 31-year-old Dane went on to net the decisive shootout tally.

    ABOUT THE SENATORS (13-7-5): Captain Erik Karlsson has been on fire of late, collecting five goals and 12 assists over his last 11 games. The 25-year-old Swedish defenseman is averaging nearly an assist per game as he leads the team with 29 points in 25 contests. Mike Hoffman’s overtime winner was his fifth tally in three games and capped his fourth two-goal effort of the season – third in five contests.

    OVERTIME

    1. Hoffman has registered six multi-point performances in his last 10 games.

    2. Nielsen and teammate Kyle Okposo, who converted the Islanders’ second attempt Friday, are each 3-for-4 in shootouts this season.

    3. Ottawa RW Bobby Ryan, who notched a goal and two assists against Chicago, has not gone more than one game without a point since a three-game drought from Oct. 15-22.

    PREDICTION: Senators 3, Islanders 2

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    Preview: Nashville at Detroit

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    After enjoying a rare chance to breathe easy in their last outing, the Detroit Red Wings look to extend their point streak to 10 games on Saturday when they conclude a six-game homestand versus the Nashville Predators. The Red Wings recorded eight consecutive one-goal decisions before breezing to a 5-1 win over Arizona on Thursday.

    The victory did not come without a cost, however, as Teemu Pulkkinen is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a dislocated shoulder and fellow forward Drew Miller will be sidelined six weeks with a broken jaw. Coach Jeff Blashill promptly switched his lines during Friday’s practice, putting captain Henrik Zetterberg with fellow veteran Pavel Datsyuk among other makeshift combinations. While Detroit is 6-0-3 in its last nine contests, Nashville suffered a 2-1 setback to Florida on Thursday to fall to 2-5-1 in its last eight. Defenseman Roman Josi scored the lone goal for the Predators, who have mustered just 12 tallies in that span.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), FSN Detroit

    ABOUT THE PREDATORS (13-8-4): Pekka Rinne arguably made the save of the season by denying Jaromir Jagr on the doorstep, prompting the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer to jokingly tweet that he’s “old and no good.” Rinne seriously is good and is expected to draw the start on Saturday, but the 33-year-old Finn has struggled away from Bridgestone Arena with a 3-4-2 mark. Colin Wilson has notched an assist in back-to-back contests after mustering just one point in his previous seven tilts.

    ABOUT THE RED WINGS (14-8-4): While Blashill was tinkering with several lines on Friday, he made a point of keeping Tomas Tatar with Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist. “They’ve been arguably our best line night in, night out in the past five, six, seven games,” Blashill told MLive. “I don’t see any reason to disrupt that line. Sometimes when you disrupt things like that, you hurt the whole group.” Tatar has scored six goals and set up four others in his last 11 contests and had three tallies and an assist in two meetings last season with Nashville.

    OVERTIME

    1. Detroit’s Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco are expected to draw back into the lineup in place of Pulkkinen and Miller, whose 190-game streak will come to an end on Saturday.

    2. Nashville is 2-for-22 on the power play over the last eight contests.

    3. Red Wings G Petr Mrazek, who has been confirmed to start on Saturday, made 34 saves to win his lone career outing versus the Predators.

    PREDICTION: Predators 2, Red Wings 1

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    Preview: Montreal at Carolina

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    After suffering their first regulation loss in seven games, the Montreal Canadiens look to get back on track on Saturday when they visit the spiraling Carolina Hurricanes. Captain Max Pacioretty has nine goals and eight assists in 17 career meetings with Carolina, but saw his five-game point streak come to an end in Thursday’s 3-2 setback to Washington.

    “The hockey gods were not on our side,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after watchng Pacioretty unleash nine shots on goal. “We were playing a very good team and we carried the play.” While Montreal is 5-1-1 in its last seven, Carolina dropped its third straight and 11th in 14 outings (3-7-4) with a lackluster 5-1 setback to Metropolitan Division-rival New Jersey on Thursday. The Hurricanes failed on both power-play opportunities to drop to 0-for-13 in the last five contests and a league-worst 10-for-82 (12.2 percent) on the season.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, RSN, TVA (Montreal), FSN Carolinas

    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (19-5-3): Notoriously one who is resistent to change, Lars Eller has surprised Therrien by embracing his new position on the wing. “It would almost be weird to go back to center,” the 26-year-old Dane told Sportsnet on Friday, one day after scoring his seventh goal of the season to give him four points in his last five contests. “I’m super comfortable there right now. I didn’t think it would be (like) this, you know, that I would like it that much. It took a bit of time, but I really enjoy playing there now.”

    ABOUT THE HURRICANES (8-13-4): Defenseman Ryan Murphy’s stay in Carolina was a short one as the 12th overall selection of the 2011 draft was shipped back to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday. The 22-year-old Murphy, who was recalled from the Checkers on Tuesday, has notched four assists in 18 games this season. The Hurricanes also recalled fellow defenseman Jaccob Slavin and forwards Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn.

    OVERTIME

    1. Montreal C Alex Galchenyuk has recorded five goals and three assists in his last seven games.

    2. Hurricanes C Brad Malone scored his team’s lone goal on Thursday, but has failed to notch a point in four career meetings with the Canadiens.

    3. Montreal has killed off all six short-handed situations over the last three games and is 21-for-23 in the last seven.

    PREDICTION: Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 1

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    Preview: Toronto at St. Louis

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

    Two teams struggling to score goals face off Saturday as the St. Louis Blues host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both clubs have gotten off to rough starts in December, combining for a total of three tallies in four games.

    St. Louis began the month by dropping a 3-1 decision to Florida at home on Tuesday before suffering a 2-1 shootout defeat against the New York Islanders on the road three nights later. Toronto has fared even worse, starting a three-game road trip with a 6-1 setback at Winnipeg on Wednesday and coming out on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision at Minnesota the following evening. The Maple Leafs’ scoring deficiencies go back well into November as the team has failed to score more than three goals in each of its seven contests since posting a 5-1 victory over Colorado. St. Louis swept its two-game series with Toronto last season, outscoring the Maple Leafs 9-1 in the process.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC (Toronto), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (8-13-5): Toronto is likely to dress two goaltenders with a combined total of two games of NHL experience. With Jonathan Bernier in the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment and James Reimer listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Antoine Bibeau was recalled from the Toronto Marlies on Friday and figures to serve as the backup to Garret Sparks. The 21-year-old Bibeau has yet to make his NHL debut while the 22-year-old Sparks posted a shutout in his initial contest Monday before yielding six goals in the loss to the Jets two nights later.

    ABOUT THE BLUES (15-7-4): Saturday’s contest concludes St. Louis’ string of nine consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents. The club has gone 3-2-3 over the first eight matches, scoring three goals or fewer in each. Paul Stastny notched an assist Friday for his eighth point of the season – all of which have been recorded on the road.

    OVERTIME

    1. Jake Allen is expected to start in net for St. Louis.

    2. The Maple Leafs assigned LW Rich Clune to the Marlies to make room for Bibeau.

    3. St. Louis D Kevin Shattenkirk has registered a point in nine of his last 10 games, collecting three goals and eight assists in that span.

    PREDICTION: Blues 4, Maple Leafs 2

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    Preview: Columbus at Philadelphia

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The Philadelphia Flyers are a different team lately and carry a season-high four-game winning streak into Saturday’s contest with the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. “It feels good,” Wayne Simmonds told reporters after Philadelphia’s 2-1 overtime victory at New Jersey on Friday in which the right wing scored for the fourth time in his last three games. “Guys are confident in our team. We’re doing the right things. We have confidence on the bench, and I think it shows.”

    Flyers captain Claude Giroux boasts a team-high 22 points after recording a goal and an assist Friday, giving him nine points (three goals) in the last six games. “I really believe we’re not getting as frustrated as we used to,” Giroux told reporters. “We’re a (confident) bunch, we have each other’s back and we support each other on the ice so we’re not worried about mistakes, and when mistakes happen, we make sure it doesn’t happen again. …” Columbus has lost three straight (0-2-1) following a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Friday and has scored one goal in each game during the slide. “To me, it was a little bit of lack of respect for the opponent,” coach John Tortorella said after falling to 10-9-1 since taking over the Blue Jackets after their 0-7-0 start. “And I don’t understand how we can disrespect an opponent when we’re looking up at all 29 teams. It’s another lesson that we’re going to have to learn.”

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), CSN Philadelphia

    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (10-16-1): Columbus actually has more points than Carolina and Calgary (20 apiece), but the frustration is starting to show in Tortorella as the Blue Jackets were tied 1-1 in the third period in each of the last three games. Scott Hartnell, who is tied for second on the team in goals (nine) and points (16), was a healthy scratch Friday after going minus-3 in four games. Columbus continues to struggle on the power play as it went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 0-for-23 over the last nine contests.

    ABOUT THE FLYERS (11-10-5): Right wing Jakub Voracek scored 22, 23 and 22 goals over the past three seasons but is stuck on one in 2015-16, although he recorded two assists Friday and has six in his last six games. Philadelphia scored twice on the power play Friday, but its short-handed unit permitted two goals after yielding zero in 20 opportunities over the previous seven contests. The Flyers have outscored opponents 14-7 during their winning streak.

    OVERTIME

    1. Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin (broken nose) missed his sixth straight game Friday and is questionable to play Saturday.

    2. Philadelphia is 2-2-0 in the second contest of back-to-back games this season while Columbus is 2-5-0 in such contests.

    3. The Blue Jackets have won three straight meetings and seven of the last eight encounters, including four of five last season.

    PREDICTION: Flyers 3, Blue Jackets 2

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    Preview: Colorado at Minnesota

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Devan Dubnyk is starting to flash the form that sparked the Minnesota Wild’s stirring postseason drive last season, but a more pressing matter may keep him out of the net for Saturday’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche. Dubnyk’s wife is expecting the couple’s second child, which would sideline him for the first leg of the home-and-home set.

    “We’re planning to start Devan right now,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said Friday. “If something changes, we’ll adjust.” An adjustment would likely mean the fourth start of the season for backup Darcy Kuemper, who has surrendered 10 goals in his three appearances. Led by red-hot Matt Duchene, Colorado is wrapping up a four-game road trip and is seeking to match a season-high three-game winning streak following consecutive 2-1 victories over the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. “It’s good to win on the road,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “I really feel that we’re playing some good hockey.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN North (Minnesota)

    ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (11-14-1): A turn of the calendar has not cooled off Duchene, who set a franchise record with an NHL-high 11 goals in November and continued his torrid stretch with tallies in each of the past two games. “Right now, he’s a pretty confident player and putting pucks on net seems to work well for him right now,” Roy said of Duchene, who has 13 goals in 15 games after tallying only once in the first 11 contests to open the season. Duchene will never be in better position to end his goal drought against the Wild – he has not scored against them in 13 straight meetings.

    ABOUT THE WILD (13-7-4): After dropping six of seven (1-4-2) to close out November, Minnesota has recorded consecutive victories behind Dubnyk, who has turned away 58-of-59 shots in beating Chicago (2-1) and Toronto (1-0). Forward Zach Parise is struggling to regain his form after missing three weeks with a sprained knee ligament, following a solid performance against the Blackhawks with a clunker versus the Maple Leafs. “In the Chicago game, Zach looked like Zach,” Yeo said. “The last game, I saw more signs of him not being quite there yet. I don’t expect it to come around completely.”

    OVERTIME

    1. While Dubnyk recorded his league-best fourth shutout Thursday, Dubnyk is 2-0-0 with a 1.54 goals-against average versus Colorado.

    2. The Avalanche have killed 10-of-11 short-handed situations in the past six games.

    3. Parise has 10 goals and 24 points in 22 games against the Avalanche, including a hat trick in a 5-4 win at Colorado on Oct. 8.

    PREDICTION: Wild 4, Avalanche 2

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    Preview: Boston at Vancouver

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

    The Vancouver Canucks will try to begin turning their season in a positive direction when they host the surging Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The Canucks have scored just five times while dropping four straight games (0-2-2) and recorded just 16 shots in each of the last two contests to fall under .500 for the first time this season.

    “We have been good all year creating offense,” Vancouver forward Henrik Sedin told reporters. “That’s not the problem. We have to realize that to win in this league you can’t give up three or four every game.” The Canucks, who have allowed 12 goals during their losing streak, go after their fifth victory in six contests against the Bruins since losing in the seventh game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Boston has earned points in seven straight contests (5-0-2), despite dropping the past two games in extra time. The Bruins gave up the tying goal in the final seconds before losing at Calgary 5-4 on Friday.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, CBC, NESN (Boston), SNET (Vancouver)

    ABOUT THE BRUINS (13-8-3): Brad Marchand netted a pair of goals Friday and boasts seven in the last eight games for the Bruins while hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara has scored in each of the past two contests. David Krejci leads the way for Boston with 25 points and Patrice Bergeron, along with Loui Eriksson, have each contributed 23. Tuukka Rask, who was 3-0-1 in his previous four decisions, replaced starter Jonas Gustavsson in goal during the second period and gave up the tying and winning goals but is the likely starter Saturday.

    ABOUT THE CANUCKS (9-10-8): Daniel Sedin (18 points in the last 12 games) and brother Henrik (13, nine) are producing for Vancouver, but the Canucks are searching for secondary scoring. Alex Burrows has not posted a point in the past six contests and fellow forward Radim Vrbata is a team-worst minus-15 for the Canucks, who allowed eight power-play tallies in the last eight games. Defenseman Ben Hutton (foot) and forward Chris Higgins (upper body) could return to the lineup while blue liner Luca Sbisa (hand) is questionable.

    OVERTIME

    1. Vancouver G Ryan Miller has managed two victories in his last 11 appearances.

    2. The Bruins have killed 24-of-25 power-play opportunities in the last seven contests, including 9-of-9 in the first two games on the road trip.

    3. Canucks 20-year-old C Bo Horvat owns a minus-13 rating overall and has not recorded a goal in 15 straight games.

    PREDICTION: Canucks 4, Bruins 3

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    Preview: Tampa Bay at San Jose

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to clinch a winning road trip to California when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. The Lightning, still waiting for three key forwards to return from injuries, knocked off Anaheim 2-1 on Wednesday night to start their trek and will take on the Los Angeles Kings to end it Sunday.

    Skillful left wing Jonathan Drouin returned to the lineup Wednesday and contributed a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat were missing and remain questionable for Saturday. The Lightning won at San Jose last season and hope to keep the Sharks in a downward spiral. San Jose dropped a 1-0 decision at Anaheim on Friday for its third loss in four contests since completing a perfect six-game road trip. Veteran Patrick Marleau saw his four-game goal scoring streak come to an end as the Sharks remained three points behind Los Angeles in the Pacific Division.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Sun Sports (Tampa Bay), CSN California (San Jose)

    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (12-11-3): Drouin played with Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov on Wednesday on a speedy line while captain Steven Stamkos skated with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn — a unit that had success in the playoffs last season. Stamkos (team-best 11 goals) has gone four games without a tally and right wing Ryan Callahan is suffering through a 12-game scoring drought. Ben Bishop has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 12 outings, but managed only five wins in that span.

    ABOUT THE SHARKS (14-11-0): San Jose has scored just once in the past two games after posting 26 combined in the previous eight, and recorded only 23 shots on net in Friday’s contest. Captain Joe Pavelski leads the team with 12 goals and 24 points while defenseman Brent Burns, along with free-agent signing Joel Ward, have notched 20 points apiece. Alex Stalock (2-3-0, 2.88 goals-against average, .898 save percentage) is expected to get the start in goal after Martin Jones (12-8-0) was in net Friday.

    OVERTIME

    1. Tampa Bay F Jonathan Marchessault has notched a pair of goals in seven games since his latest recall — both on the power play.

    2. San Jose F Dainius Zubrus has not registered a point in four games since being signed as a free agent.

    3. The Lightning signed coach Jon Cooper to a multi-year contract extension Friday.

    PREDICTION: Lightning 4, Sharks 2

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    NHL

    Hot teams
    — Washington won last six games, four by 2+ goals.
    — Kings won three of last four games; their last three all went OT/SO.
    — Islanders won last four games, last two in SOs. Senators won five of their last seven games.
    — Canadiens won five of their last seven games.
    — Detroit won five of last seven games; seven of its last nine games went OT/SO.
    — Flyers won last four games, allowing seven goals.
    — Minnesota won last two games, allowing one goal. Avalanche won three of last four games.
    — Lightning won four of their last six games.

    Cold teams
    — Winnipeg lost three of its last five games.
    — Penguins lost three of their last five games.
    — Toronto lost five of its last six games. Blues lost three of their last four.
    — Carolina lost four of its last five games.
    — Predators lost six of their last eight games.
    — Columbus lost last three games, scoring one goal in each.
    — Vancouver lost last four games, scoring five goals. Boston lost last two games; their last four on road went OT/SO.
    — Tampa Bay lost three of its last four games.

    Series records
    — Jets lost eight of last nine games with Washington.
    — Kings lost five of last six games with Pittsburgh.
    — Maple Leafs lost their last four games with St Louis.
    — Islanders won four of last six games with Ottawa.
    — Canadiens won eight of last nine games with Carolina.
    — Red Wings won five of last seven games with Nashville.
    — Blue Jackets won seven of last eight games with Philly.
    — Avalanche lost seven of last eight games with Minnesota.
    — Canucks won four of last five games with Boston.
    — Sharks won five of last seven games with Tampa Bay.

    Totals
    — Five of last six Winnipeg home games stayed under.
    — Under is 8-2-1 in Pittsburgh’s road games.
    — Seven of last ten Toronto road games stayed under.
    — Last five Ottawa games went over the total.
    — Under is 6-2-2 in last ten Montreal-Carolina games.
    — Over is 4-0-2 in last six Detroit games.
    — Last five Columbus road games stayed under.
    — Under is 5-2-1 in last eight Minnesota home games.
    — Over is 5-1-3 in last nine Boston games.
    — Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Tampa Bay road games.

    Back-to-backs
    — St Louis is 2-1 when it played the night before.
    — Islanders are 3-2 if they played night before.
    — Columbus are 2-4 if they played night before.
    — Bruins are 2-0 if they played the night before.
    — San Jose are 2-1 if they played the night before.

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    Grand Salami – December
    By VI News

    The Grand Salami in pro hockey is decided by adding up all the goals scored in every game scheduled for that particular day. You can wager on ‘over’ or ‘under’ the Grand Salami total. The total is set by adding up all listed ‘over/under’ odds for each game on that particular day.

    Note: The Grand Salami will have no action if any game is suspended or cancelled before the regulation time of three twenty minute periods. Also, regardless of the number of goals scored during the shoot out portion of the overtime, the final scored recorded for the game will give the winning team on more goal than its opponent based on the score at the end of regulation time.

    *The majority of sportsbooks do not put out a total on the Grand Salami when there is only one game on the card. For tracking purposes, we will continue to show the ‘over/under’ for goals and combined goals scored on days with just one game.

    NHL GRAND SALAMI

    Date No. of Games Total Goals Combined Goals Scored Result

    12/1 10 53.5 51 UNDER
    12/2 4 22.5 18 UNDER
    12/3 8 41.5 37 UNDER
    12/4 7 36 33 UNDER
    12/5 10 –

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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    NHL | WASHINGTON at WINNIPEG
    Play Against – Any team against the money line (WASHINGTON) after scoring 3 goals or more in 2 straight games against opponent after scoring 6 goals or more in their previous game
    99-46 over the last 5 seasons. ( 68.3% | 56.2 units )
    7-2 this year. ( 77.8% | 4.9 units )

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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    NHL | NASHVILLE at DETROIT
    Play On – Any team against the money line (DETROIT) poor offensive team – scoring <=2.55 goals/game on the season, after scoring 5 goals or more in 2 straight games 37-19 since 1997. ( 66.1% | 30.1 units )

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    NHL | MONTREAL at CAROLINA
    Play On – A underdog against the money line (CAROLINA) off 2 consecutive losses against division rivals, well rested team – playing only their 2nd game in 5 days
    47-28 over the last 5 seasons. ( 62.7% | 35.6 units )
    0-1 this year. ( 0.0% | -1.0 units )

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