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    #21421
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    Preview: St. Louis at Boston

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

    The Boston Bruins have skyrocketed up the standings on the strength of a sizzling 11-1-3 run. Coach Claude Julien looks to keep the fire lit underneath his red-hot club when it hosts the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

    “Part of a coach and coaching staff’s job is to make sure we keep the guys sharp,” Julien told the team’s website on Monday after seeing his club pull within one point of first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. “It’s also part of our job and their job to not get complacent or satisfied, and it’s also all of our jobs to remain hungry, and that’s what we’re trying to do with this group.” While Boston won its third consecutive contest with a 2-1 shootout victory over New Jersey on Sunday, St. Louis saw its bid for a season high-tying fourth straight win come to a halt one day later as it failed to hold an early three-goal lead in a 4-3 setback to Philadelphia. Vladimir Tarasenko, who has recorded seven goals in his last nine games, tallied twice in his last meeting with Boston.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), NESN (Boston)

    ABOUT THE BLUES (20-11-4): After being held off the scoresheet during a four-game stretch, Paul Stastny notched a pair of assists versus the Flyers to increase his point total to four in the last four contests. With Jake Allen receiving the nod against Philadelphia, Brian Elliott likely will have the chance to record his second straight victory when he takes the ice on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Ontario native secured his first win in nine outings with 36 saves in a 3-2 triumph over Calgary on Saturday but has struggled mightily versus Boston in his career (3-6-3).

    ABOUT THE BRUINS (19-9-4): Loui Eriksson is starting to heat up with goals in back-to-back contests to extend his point streak to three games. The 30-year-old Swede is not alone in terms of getting his offense in gear as David Krejci has recorded one goal and eight assists in his last 12 contests. Speaking of hot streaks, Tuukka Rask has won five in a row and is 8-0-2 in his last 10 decisions heading into his date with St. Louis. The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner owns a 2-0-3 career record with a slim 1.76 goals-against average versus the Blues.

    OVERTIME

    1. Boston C Max Talbot received a two-game suspension from the NHL on Monday for interference against New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty.

    2. St. Louis has scored seven power-play goals in its last seven contests.

    3. The Bruins killed off 21 consecutive short-handed situations in their last six games.

    PREDICTION: Bruins 4, Blues 2

    #21422
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    Preview: Anaheim at NY Rangers

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

    The New York Rangers are in a free fall and hope a visit from another struggling and supposed Stanley Cup contender can stop them from reaching rock bottom when they meet the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. New York has been outscored 17-7 during its three-game losing streak and is 3-9-2 in its last 14 games following a 7-3 loss Sunday to first-place Washington, which scored the final six goals to increase its lead to 10 points over the third-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

    “We are in a tough stretch,” New York’s leading scorer Mats Zuccarello told reporters. “We have to stay positive and believe in each other and back each other up. Everyone in here knows we have to be better.” The Rangers are struggling with a depleted defensive unit as Kevin Klein (oblique) has missed the past 10 games and could return soon while Dan Girardi (knee) remains day-to-day after missing the last four contests. Anaheim fell to 1-2-0 on its four-game road trip leading into the Christmas break with a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday and remains last in the Pacific Division, but only five points out of second place and four out of playoff position. The Ducks are last in the NHL at 1.84 goals per game and coach Bruce Boudreau said the offensive woes are putting pressure on his goaltenders, prompting him to tell reporters: “I can’t speak for them, but I’d venture to think that if I were a goalie I’d feel that I’d have to play perfect every night to have some success.”

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet Ontario, Prime Ticket and FSN San Diego (Anaheim), MSG (New York)

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (12-15-5): Boudreau said John Gibson will start Tuesday after entering Monday’s game to start the second period in place of Frederik Andersen, who yielded three goals on 11 first-period shots. Carl Hagelin, who averaged 14.5 goals in his first four seasons – all with the Rangers – before being acquired by Anaheim, scored his third goal of the season Monday and first in 14 games. The Ducks welcome back center Nate Thompson, who missed the last three games while serving a suspension for a hit to the head of Carolina’s Justin Faulk on Dec. 11.

    ABOUT THE RANGERS (19-12-4): While New York’s biggest problem is at its back end, its top offensive threat continues to struggle as Rick Nash has 10 goals in 33 games after scoring a career-high 42 last season. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has not been able to completely pick up his blueliners and back-checking forwards as his .895 save percentage in December would be his lowest in a month since October 2014. Rookie Oscar Lindberg has 10 goals this season – trailing only Zuccarello (14) and Derick Brassard (11) on the team – but recorded just one in nine December games as his only point during that span.

    OVERTIME

    1. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded his team-best 18th assist Monday, but has only three in seven December games while stuck on one goal this season.

    2. The Rangers have allowed two power-play goals in two of their last three games, while the Ducks are 0-for-14 over their last seven with an extra man.

    3. New York swept the two-game series by a combined 11-3 last season after Anaheim won both contests by an 8-1 margin in 2013-14.

    PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Ducks 2

    #21423
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    Preview: New Jersey at Detroit

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    Even when they are struggling, the Detroit Red Wings are finding ways to pick up points as they prepare to wind up a four-game homestand against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. The Red Wings halted a three-game winless drought with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday and have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 16 games (9-1-6).

    Sunday’s victory was the 800th at Joe Louis Arena for Detroit, which will play nine of its next 10 on the road after returning from the Christmas break. “You want to make your road easier than harder, but you want to win every game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I feel real confident that we can go on the road and win.” The Devils are looking to halt a three-game skid of their own (0-2-1) and snap out of an offensive funk that has seen them produce five goals in the past five games. New Jersey halted a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) in the series with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Red Wings on Dec. 11.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus (New Jersey), FSN-Plus Detroit

    ABOUT THE DEVILS (16-13-5): New Jersey wound up short-handed in its 2-1 shootout loss at Boston on Sunday after forwards Jacob Josefson and Sergey Kalinin each had to leave the game with knee injuries, but both players were back at practice Monday and are expected to play. In addition, Patrik Elias was listed as a healthy scratch, although the 39-year-old said his absence was more a result of coach John Hynes giving his balky knee additional rest. “At my age, with some of the issues A1serviceplays.com I’ve been having, it’s fine to give me a night off,” Elias said. “Especially when we played five games in eight nights.”

    ABOUT THE RED WINGS (17-9-7): Detroit received power-play tallies from Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in the earlier meeting with the Devils but was unable to protect the two-goal cushion in the third period before eventually falling in overtime. Rookie Dylan Larkin scored his 12th goal versus Calgary to move into a tie for the team lead with Nyquist, who also tallied against the Flames to give him four goals in his last eight contests. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson sat out Sunday’s game because of a lower-body injury and reported no improvement at Monday’s practice, so he’s expected to sit out Tuesday.

    OVERTIME

    1. Detroit has won 12 of the past 13 at home versus New Jersey, including three in a row.

    2. Devils G Cory Schneider is coming off a season-high 38-save effort, but he is 2-5-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average versus Detroit.

    3. The Red Wings are 0-for-8 on the power play in the past three games.

    PREDICTION: Red Wings 3, Devils 2

    #21424
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    Preview: Vancouver at Tampa Bay

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

    The Tampa Bay Lightning have been forced to put their organizational depth to the test over the last month, and it has not stopped them from posting victories. The Lightning, who are 6-3-0 in December despite a long injury list filled with key players, look to continue that trend when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

    “It’s a great feeling, not only for our team, but for those guys,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper told reporters after a 5-2 win over Ottawa on Sunday. “As I said in training camp, it’s not just the 23 guys on the final roster, there’s 30-plus guys on this team, and they’re showing it.” Career minor-leaguer Mike Angelidis scored the game-winning goal Sunday as the Lightning opened a six-game homestand. Vancouver has won only three of its last 12 contests and is 1-3-1 on its six-game road trip that is drawing to a close. Captain Henrik Sedin (lower body) has missed the last two games but could return for the Canucks while No. 1 goaltender Ryan Miller likely will back up Jacob Markstrom after leaving Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Florida during the shootout with an undisclosed injury.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific, TVA (Vancouver), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)

    ABOUT THE CANUCKS (12-14-9): Vancouver has scored seven goals in its last two games after totaling 14 in the previous 10 contests – five in one victory. Daniel Sedin leads the team with 35 points but has notched only two in his last five games, while twin brother Henrik (31) posted eight in as many contests before going down with an injury. The Sedins have recorded 25 points on the power play, which has sputtered while going 0-of-10 in the last five contests and 4-for-40 over a 12-game span.

    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (17-14-3): J.T. Brown (upper body) was added to the injury list after Friday’s game at Washington and Brian Boyle likely is out after taking a hit to the head on Sunday. Tyler Johnson (undisclosed) and Ondrej Palat (lower body) also are expected to be sidelined again, but the Lightning could get back fellow forwards Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Drouin. Captain Steven Stamkos has scored three goals in his last two contests after a 10-game drought.

    OVERTIME

    1. Vancouver LW Chris Higgins, whose next game will be the 700th of his career, was held out of practice Monday but is expected to play against Tampa Bay.

    2. The Lightning are 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings with the Canucks, including a 4-1 triumph at home last season.

    3. Vancouver RW Jannik Hansen has registered four points in four games after managing one in his previous seven contests.

    PREDICTION: Lightning 5, Canucks 2

    #21425
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    Preview: Ottawa at Florida

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

    The Florida Panthers are surging up the Eastern Conference standings and will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Panthers have won 10 of their past 13 games (10-3-0) and are in the midst of a favorable portion of the schedule as they play the second contest of a six-game homestand.

    “It’s been a real good run,” Florida coach Gerard Gallant said. “We have one more huge game coming up here Tuesday before the (Christmas) break. … We battled back the last 20 games have been really good for our club.” One of the losses during the Panthers’ hot stretch was a 4-2 setback to visiting Ottawa on Dec. 8. The Senators are 2-4-0 since beating Florida and have been limited to five goals in the four setbacks, including a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Ottawa is 3-1-1 in its last five visits to South Florida.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, RDS2, TSN5 (Ottawa), FSN Florida

    ABOUT THE SENATORS (17-12-5): Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson was forced to log 36:34 of ice time after fellow defensemen Mark Borowiecki (game misconduct) and Cody Ceci (injury) exited Sunday’s loss. The total was the most minutes in a non-overtime, regular-season game by a player since February 2008. Ceci (upper body) and forward Bobby Ryan (hand) are questionable for Tuesday, prompting the promotion of forward Ryan Dzingel from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. “He’s been Binghamton’s best forward and now he will get a shot at the NHL,” Senators coach Dave Cameron told the team’s website.

    ABOUT THE PANTHERS (18-12-4): Jaromir Jagr added another entry into the NHL record books by scoring his 732nd goal in Sunday’s shootout win over Vancouver to move past Marcel Dionne and into fourth place on the league’s career list. “That goal was sweet and the win was even sweeter,” Jagr told Florida’s official website. “We have to make sure we can win more game before the Christmas break.” Jagr is approaching a pair of historical records – he needs two power-play points to tie Steve Yzerman (594) for 10th place and six assists to become the sixth player in league history to reach 1,100.

    OVERTIME

    1. Panthers G Roberto Luongo has dropped three straight decisions to the Senators after beating them 10 straight times.

    2. Ottawa failed on five power-play chances Sunday and is 1-for-20 in the past five games.

    3. Panthers F Shawn Thornton ended a 17-game season-opening drought with his first goal and first point Sunday.

    PREDICTION: Panthers 4, Senators 3

    #21426
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    Preview: Montreal at Minnesota

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    The Montreal Canadiens can’t seem to locate their offense, but a horrific 1-8-0 mark has taken its toll on their lead in the Atlantic Division. With just 14 goals in their last nine games, the Canadiens look to strengthen their tenuous grasp on first place when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

    The Canadiens’ latest power outage came in Music City, as Alex Galchenyuk’s power-play goal was just his second point in seven games as Montreal dropped a 5-1 decision to Nashville on Monday. While the Canadiens have been outscored 17-4 during their four-game slide, Minnesota has dropped two in a row following a blistering 6-0-3 stretch. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored a goal in a 6-3 setback to Central Division-leading Dallas on Monday – hours after signing a four-year, $20.75 million contract extension. The 26-year-old has recorded two tallies and an assist in his last six games.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet East, RDS (Montreal)

    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (20-12-3): After providing a brief jolt when reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price initially was sidelined, Mike Condon will look to sort out his troubles and get back on track Tuesday. The rookie dropped his fifth straight start in brutal fashion, yielding a season-high six goals on 23 shots versus Dallas on Saturday. Max Pacioretty notched an assist versus the Predators for his second point in nine contests, but the captain has registered five goals and an assist in five career meetings with Minnesota.

    ABOUT THE WILD (17-9-6): Darcy Kuemper, who is expected to get the nod on Tuesday, filled in admirably during Devan Dubnyk’s recent absence due to a mild groin strain. The 25-year-old Saskatchewan native permitted just six goals during last five outings to improve to 3-0-4 on the season. On the offensive end, Nino Niederreiter snapped a 15-game goal drought by scoring versus Dallas and has notched four points in his last four contests.

    OVERTIME

    1. Montreal has scored a power-play goal in two straight contests after going 0-for-20 in its previous seven.

    2. Minnesota LW Zach Parise and captain Mikko Koivu saw their respective seven- and four-game point streaks come to an end Monday.

    3. The Canadiens have scored three or fewer goals in each of their last 12 games.

    PREDICTION: Canadiens 2, Wild 1

    #21427
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    Preview: Chicago at Dallas

    When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

    The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks get their first chance at the Western Conference leaders this season when they visit the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Chicago’s Patrick Kane leads the league in scoring with 50 points while Dallas forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin – his two closest competitors – key the NHL’s most productive offense.

    The Blackhawks are starting to heat up with seven wins in their last nine games and goaltender Corey Crawford has been a big part of that surge. Crawford is 7-1-0 with a 1.11 goals-against average and .963 save percentage in his past eight games while the Stars present a major challenge, scoring 3.50 goals per game and standing third in the league on the power play. Dallas has registered six goals in each of the last two games after giving up two early before rallying for a 6-3 victory at Minnesota on Monday. Benn tops the league with 22 goals and Seguin boasts three multi-point performances in the last four contests to take over the team lead with 46 points.

    TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, FSN Southwest Plus (Dallas)

    ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (20-11-4): Chicago will not be arriving in Dallas at full strength with veteran right wing Marian Hossa out because of an upper-body injury, although he is expected back soon. Kane has posted at least a point in three straight outings (two goals, two assists) after his 26-game streak came to an end and captain Jonathan Toews has four points in the last three contests after his goal beat San Jose in overtime Sunday. Center Dennis Rasmussen has contributed three goals and is a plus-2 in his first eight NHL games since being called-up.

    ABOUT THE STARS (25-7-2): Benn and Seguin have been difficult to contain and defenseman John Klingberg (31 points) has played like an all star, but two members of last season’s Cup winners have also played big roles. Veteran forward Patrick Sharp, who was acquired from Chicago in the offseason, boasts 11 goals and 25 points while former Blackhawks top-four defenseman Johnny Oduya adds stability to the blue line after signing as a free agent. Checking-line center Vernon Fiddler had two goals Monday and owns four points in the last three games.

    OVERTIME

    1. Chicago LW Artemi Panarin has six multi-point games and leads all rookies in the league with 31 points.

    2. Dallas G Antti Niemi, who led the Blackhawks to the Cup in 2010, is 6-1-2 in his last nine decisions after stopping 30-of-31 shots in relief Monday.

    3. The Stars have won the last two meetings after Chicago had won five straight in the series.

    PREDICTION: Blackhawks 5, Stars 3

    #21428
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    Preview: Winnipeg at Calgary

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

    The Calgary Flames look to put a quick end to their skid when they kick off a four-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Calgary began the month with a seven-game winning streak that included a perfect five-game string at home before enduring a lost weekend, falling in St. Louis on Saturday and Detroit the following day to finish 2-2-0 on a four-game trek.

    The Flames scored only twice in three of the four road games after netting at least four tallies in each of the five contests at Scotiabank Saddledome during their run of success. Winnipeg has lost three of its last four games, including a 3-1 decision at Edmonton on Monday in the opener of its two-game trip to Alberta. The Jets have dropped four in a row on the road, scoring a total of five goals and only two in the last three setbacks. Winnipeg posted a 3-1 victory at home in the first of its three meetings with Calgary this season, with Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each recording a goal and an assist.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), Sportsnet West (Calgary)

    ABOUT THE JETS (15-16-2): Little has begun to find his scoring touch, recording three goals in his last two games after scoring just once in his previous 12 contests. The 28-year-old native of Edmonton netted Winnipeg’s lone tally against the Oilers on Monday to raise his season total to a team-leading 13 and move closer to a third consecutive 20-goal campaign. Wheeler, who tops the club with 34 points, has collected six in his last three games and landed on the scoresheet in 10 of his last 12 contests.

    ABOUT THE FLAMES (15-16-2): Defenseman Dennis Wideman scored a power-play goal early in the second period Sunday, ending Calgary’s 0-for-23 drought. The Flames rank last in the NHL on the man advantage with an 11 percent success rate, going 11-for-100 with nine different players recording a goal. They aren’t faring any better on the penalty kill, bringing up the rear at 73.6 percent.

    OVERTIME

    1. The Flames are beginning a stretch during which they play eight of their next nine games at home.

    2. Winnipeg G Michael Hutchinson could get the start Tuesday after stopping all seven shots he faced against Edmonton in relief of Connor Hellebuyck, who allowed three goals on 14 shots.

    3. Calgary is one of five teams yet to score a short-handed goal this season.

    PREDICTION: Flames 4, Jets 2

    #21429
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    Preview: Toronto at Arizona

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

    The Toronto Maple Leafs attempt to extend their point streak to seven games when they continue their three-game road trip Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes. Toronto improved to 4-0-2 in its last six contests with a 7-4 triumph at Colorado on Monday.

    Tyler Bozak scored three times during a four-goal third period for his second career hat trick and defenseman Jake Gardiner collected four assists as the Maple Leafs produced their highest offensive output of the season. Arizona improved to 2-1-1 on its six-game homestand with a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his team-leading fourth game-winning goal and Louis Domingue made 25 saves en route to his first career shutout as the Coyotes clamped down defensively after surrendering 12 goals during their previous two games. Arizona looks to complete a sweep of the two-game season series after escaping Toronto with a 4-3 triumph Oct. 26.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, TSN4 (Toronto), FSN Arizona

    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (12-13-7): Toronto’s power play was clicking on all cylinders Monday, as the club converted all three of its opportunities after going 2-for-20 during the previous seven games. Leo Komarov scored two of the man-advantage goals against the Avalanche and also notched an assist for his second consecutive three-point performance. The 28-year-old Estonian has collected five goals and three assists during his four-game point streak.

    ABOUT THE COYOTES (15-15-2): Ekman-Larsson’s game-winner Saturday was the 20th of his career, a new franchise record for defensemen. The 24-year-old Swede eclipsed the mark set by Teppo Numminen, who played for the franchise from 1988-2003. Ekman-Larsson ranks 10th overall on the franchise list, which is headed by current captain Shane Doan (66).

    OVERTIME

    1. Komarov has scored 15 goals in 32 games this season after recording 12 in 104 contests during the previous two campaigns.

    2. Doan will be playing in his 1,418th career game, which will move him past Luke Richardson for sole possession of 29th place on the all-time list.

    3. Toronto RW PA Parenteau has scored half of his eight goals this season on the power play.

    PREDICTION: Coyotes 3, Maple Leafs 1

    #21430
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    Preview: San Jose at Los Angeles

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    After losing three of four to conclude a six-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings look to regain their footing at home on Tuesday when they face the Pacific Division-rival San Jose Sharks. Los Angeles has won each of its last six contests at the Staples Center, but hardly looked like world-beaters on Saturday when it finished its lengthy trek with a 5-0 setback to lowly Toronto.

    Jonathan Quick sat out that contest on the heels of a season-high 45-save gem in a 3-0 victory over Montreal on Thursday, but was treated rudely in his last meeting with San Jose. The 29-year-old Quick was blitzed for five goals in a season-opening loss at home to the Sharks on Oct. 7 before watching Jhonas Enroth improve to 4-0-0 in his career versus San Jose by making 39 saves in a 4-1 triumph two weeks later. Sharks netminder Martin Jones has faced his former team twice this season and looks to rebound after failing to hold a third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime setback to Chicago on Sunday. The loss was the second in a row and eighth in 10 outings (2-6-2) for San Jose.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

    ABOUT THE SHARKS (16-15-2): Joe Pavelski collected a goal and three assists in the first two meetings with Los Angeles and has four of each in his last six games overall. Despite the offensive surge, Pavelski has seen his team routinely fall short by the slimmest of margins. “It’s just those fractions that are certainly the difference lately,” he said. “We’ve got to stay with it.”

    ABOUT THE KINGS (20-10-2):
    Jeff Carter scored two goals and set up two others versus San Jose on Oct. 22, but has mustered just one assist in his last five contests following a seven-game point streak. Fellow forward Anze Kopitar has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his last 14 contests, but was kept off the scoresheet in the first two meetings with the Sharks this season. Kopitar has been paired with familiar faces Milan Lucic and veteran Marian Gaborik in a bid by coach Darryl Sutter to ignite the team’s sputtering offense.

    OVERTIME

    1. San Jose is 4-for-10 on the power play in the last three contests and killed off all 11 short-handed situations in the last six.

    2. Los Angeles has won eight of the last 11 encounters between the teams.

    3. Sharks RW Joel Ward is expected to miss his second straight contest with an upper-body injury, CSNBayArea.com reported.

    PREDICTION: Kings 2, Sharks 1

    #21431
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    NHL

    Hot teams
    — Boston won five of its last six games. Blues won three of their last four.
    — Tampa Bay won three of its last four games.
    — Panthers won five of their last six games.
    — Chicago won five of its last six games. Dallas Stars won five of their last seven.
    — Calgary won its last five home games.
    — Toronto won four of last six games, with both losses in OT.

    Cold teams
    — Rangers lost eight of their last ten games. Anaheim lost three of its last four.
    — Canucks lost four of their last five games.
    — Senators lost four of their last six games.
    — New Jersey lost four of its last five games. Detroit lost three of its last four.
    — Canadiens lost eight of their last nine games. Minnesota is 3-4 in its last seven.
    — Jets lost three of their last four games.
    — Coyotes lost seven of their last nine games.
    — San Jose lost eight of its last ten games. Kings lost three of their last four.

    Series records
    — Blues won three of last four games with Boston.
    — Home side won seven of last nine Anaheim-Ranger games.
    — Lightning won six of last seven games with Vancouver.
    — Ottawa-Florida split their last ten games.
    — Devils lost four of last five games with New Jersey.
    — Home side won last five Montreal-Minnesota games.
    — Blackhawks won five of last seven games with Dallas.
    — Jets won four of last six games with Calgary.
    — Arizona won its last three games with Toronto.
    — San Jose lost three of its last three games with Los Angeles.

    Totals
    — Seven of last eight Boston games stayed under total.
    — Six of last eight Anaheim games stayed under total; last six Ranger games went over.
    — Last three Tampa Bay games went over the total.
    — Over is 3-1 in last four games for both Otawa/Florida.
    — Over is 4-1-1 in last six New Jersey-Detroit games.
    — Five of last seven Montreal games stayed under total.
    — Under is 4-1-1 in last six Chicago games.
    — Seven of last nine Calgary-Winnipeg games went over.
    — Over is 3-0-1 in last four Arizona games.
    — Six of last eight San Jose games went over the total.

    Back-to-backs
    — St Louis is 2-3 if it played the night before.
    — Ducks are 1-3 if they played the night before.
    — Canadiens are 4-2 if they played night before. Minnesota is 1-4.
    — Dallas Stars are 2-2 if they played the night before.
    — Winnipeg is 2-5 if it played the night before.
    — Maple Leafs are 0-7 if they played the night before.

    #21432
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    Keymaster

    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 52 54 OVER
    12/6 7 36 37 OVER
    12/7 3 16 15 UNDER
    12/8 9 48.5 55 OVER
    12/9 4 21.5 20 UNDER
    12/10 7 37 44 OVER
    12/11 7 36 37 OVER
    12/12 10 52 47 UNDER
    12/13 3 15 12 UNDER
    12/14 5 25.5 24 UNDER
    12/15 11 58.5 61 OVER
    12/16 2 10.5 6 UNDER
    12/17 11 59.5 56 UNDER
    12/18 6 30.5 38 OVER
    12/19 10 52 46 UNDER
    12/20 6 31 42 OVER
    12/21 8 42.5 54 OVER
    12/22 10 –

    #21433
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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    NHL | CHICAGO at DALLAS
    Play Against – Any team against the money line (CHICAGO) after scoring 3 goals or more in 2 straight games against opponent after scoring 6 goals or more in their previous game
    103-46 over the last 5 seasons. ( 69.1% | 61.0 units )
    11-2 this year. ( 84.6% | 9.7 units )

    NHL | CHICAGO at DALLAS
    Play Against – A underdog against the money line (CHICAGO) after scoring 3 goals or more in 2 straight games against opponent after scoring 6 goals or more in their previous game
    55-14 over the last 5 seasons. ( 79.7% | 34.8 units )
    7-0 this year. ( 100.0% | 7.0 units )

    NHL | OTTAWA at FLORIDA
    Play On – Home Teams when the money line is -100 to -150 (FLORIDA) excellent defensive team – allowing <=2.4 goals/game on the season, after winning their previous game in overtime 52-15 over the last 5 seasons. ( 77.6% | 32.6 units ) 6-3 this year. ( 66.7% | 2.2 units )

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    CRUSHER

    Hockey Crusher
    Montreal Canadiens + Minnesota Wild – OVER 5

    (System Record: 29-2, won last game)
    Overall Record: 29-35-9

    Ottawa Senators + Florida Panthers – UNDER 5.5

    St Louis Blues + Boston Bruins – OVER 5

    Toronto Maple Leafs + Arizona Coyotes – UNDER 5.5

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