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{allcanada} HURRICANES (0-2-2) at JETS (1-4-0)

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HURRICANES (0-2-2) at JETS (1-4-0)

TV: FS-CR, TSN3

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:00 PM ET

Season series: The Winnipeg Jets have won eight times in 12 games against the Carolina Hurricanes since moving to Manitoba. They split the two games last season, and each game was decided by one goal.

Hurricanes team scope: Carolina does not have a win this season, but the Hurricanes have yet to play with anything approaching a full lineup. Jordan Staal is out for several months, but Jeff Skinner hasn't played in a game yet this season and along with Eric Staal and Andrej Sekera, four of the Hurricanes' top six players have already missed time with injuries. Skinner is expected to play against the Jets after missing the four games because of a concussion. Eric Staal, Sekera, Nathan Gerbe and John-Michael Liles could all return at some point during this four-game road trip that begins in Winnipeg. Coach Bill Peters said Monday he hasn't decided on a goalie to face the Jets yet. Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin have alternated, so if the rotation continues it will be Ward, but Khudobin has a .923 save percentage in two starts and Ward is currently at .846.

Jets team scope: Winnipeg blasted the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on opening night, and since then the Jets have scored two goals in four games. This is the first in a stretch where the Jets play a team from the Eastern Conference 12 times in 14 games. It has been a good news, bad news situation on special teams. The good news is the Jets have allowed one power-play goal in 21 times shorthanded, which places them third in the NHL on the penalty kill. The bad news is Winnipeg has no power-play goals of its own in 14 extra-man opportunities. The Jets are one of four teams in the League without a power-play goal. Ondrej Pavelec has started five of the six games to this point and has a .906 save percentage, which is also his career mark in 293 games.

Team Stats
GP Record Home Road L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
4 0-2-2 0-1-1 0-1-1 0-2-2 2.50 3.25 26.7 73.3 12.8 25.8 29.2 59.1
5 1-4-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-4-0 1.60 3.00 0.0 95.2 19.0 30.6 28.2 50.2

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{allcanada} MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-1) at ISLANDERS (4-1-0)

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MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-1) at ISLANDERS (4-1-0)

TV: TSN4, MSG PLUS 2

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
7:00 PM ET

Season series: This is the first of three games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders. New York won two of three games in 2013-14; the winning team had five goals in each of the games. The Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel and Islanders’ Michael Grabner each had three goals. After the game Tuesday, the teams won't face each other again until Feb. 12 at Nassau Coliseum.

Maple Leafs team scope: Toronto will be looking to avoid a three-game skid Tuesday. The Maple Leafs earned one of a possible four points in their home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings, including a 1-0 overtime loss at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. This will be the second of a three-game road trip that concludes Wednesday at the Ottawa Senators. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Monday that forward David Booth is inching closer to returning; Booth sustained a fractured foot Sept. 28. "Booth is in a walking boot and off crutches, so he's starting to make his way back inch-by-inch," Carlyle told the Maple Leafs website. "He's been here, spending a lot of time in the weight room on a daily basis."

Islanders team scope: New York might be without the services of defenseman Travis Hamonic, who left practice Monday with an undisclosed injury. Hamonic is averaging 20:09 of ice time per game, second among Islanders defensemen behind Johnny Boychuk (23:09). Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky could be ready to make his season debut. The 38-year-old previously had been unavailable because of a back injury. "When you look at 11 and the way he plays, he's an elusive guy on the back end," coach Jack Capuano said of Visnovsky. "[He's] a little bit like Nick Leddy that he can bring the puck out, that can create some separation on the forecheck from the opposition. At the same time, he's an offensive guy that gets up in the play, he reads the rush really well. We're always looking for that. The games that we've played and the games that we've won this year, our defense has been heavily involved in the offense and we want to continue to do that with that defense-first mentality."

Team Stats
GP Record Home Road L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
6 2-3-1 1-3-0 1-0-1 2-3-1 2.50 3.17 20.8 86.4 9.5 30.3 33.7 47.8
5 4-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 4-1-0 3.80 3.00 28.6 58.8 13.2 32.8 30.4 48.1

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{allcanada} RED WINGS (3-1-1) at CANADIENS (5-1-0)

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RED WINGS (3-1-1) at CANADIENS (5-1-0)

TV: RDS, CITYM, FS-D

Season series: This is the first of four games between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens. Montreal won twice and had an overtime loss in four games against Detroit last season. Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist had two goals and three assists in those four games. Canadiens forward David Desharnais has three goals and three assists in five games against the Red Wings. Montreal leads the all-time series 273-200-99, including a 174-68-45 record in 287 home games against the Red Wings.

Red Wings team scope: Forward Pavel Datsyuk may make his season debut against the Canadiens. He has been sidelined for four weeks because of a shoulder injury he sustained in training camp on Sept. 22. Datsyuk practiced with contact Monday and will decide after the morning skate on Tuesday if he is fit to return, which might be the spark Detroit's struggling power play needs to get going. The Red Wings have scored twice in 21 opportunities. "We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall told the Detroit Free Press. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion." The Red Wings are on a 2-0-1 run as they get set to face an Atlantic Division opponent for a fourth straight game. Forward Johan Franzen was put on the seven-day injured reserve list because of a muscle spasm he sustained in his thigh Friday in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Franzen did not play Saturday in Detroit's rematch against the Maple Leafs, a 1-0 overtime win at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard will start in Montreal after a groin injury forced him onto the 48-hour goaltender injured reserve list. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was assigned to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Canadiens team scope: The Canadiens have an opportunity to get off to their best start since 1977-78, when they opened the season with six wins and a tie through their first seven games. Forward Michael Bournival was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Monday. Bournival, who had one goal in two games with Hamilton, alternated with Travis Moen on a line with Manny Malhotra and Brandon Prust at practice. Dale Weiss, who was scratched for Montreal's past two games, alternated with Czech rookie Jiri Sekac on the right side of Lars Eller and Rene Bourque. "I'm happy we're winning right now, 5-1, I don't think you can be upset with that," Weise told the Montreal Gazette's Hockey Inside/Out website. "This is a team game and the thing about our team is everybody buys in, everybody wants to win. Regardless of who's scoring or who's playing, everybody wants to win, there are no egos in this locker room. We're all playing for the team, as cliché as that sounds."

Team Stats
GP Record Home Road L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
5 3-1-1 2-1-1 1-0-0 3-1-1 2.20 1.40 9.5 100.0 8.4 28.0 27.2 53.8
6 5-1-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 5-1-0 3.00 3.33 15.0 80.0 12.0 28.8 32.2 54.4

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{allcanada} CANUCKS (3-1-0) at STARS (2-1-2)

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CANUCKS (3-1-0) at STARS (2-1-2)

TV: SNV, FS-SW

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:30 PM ET

Season series: This is the first game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars. Dallas swept all three of its games with Vancouver last season by a combined score of 12-3. In their final game of the season, the Stars defeated the Canucks 6-1 on a big night for Tyler Seguin, who scored his third hat trick of the season and added two assists.

Canucks team scope: After opening with three straight wins against Pacific Division rivals, the Canucks lost their first game Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defeat was also the first start of the season for backup goalie Eddie Lack, who made 20 saves on 24 shots. No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller, who is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average, will likely start Tuesday when Vancouver opens a three-game road trip that includes stops in St. Louis and Colorado. "These are going to be important kinds of games, so a good chance to come together, get on the road … a good first test as we kind of had a little mini-swing," Miller told the Canucks website Monday. "[Dallas] is a good, fast team, a lot of skill up front, the kind of team were we have to be patient, play a good system."

Stars team scope: Dallas is coming off an impressive week, having picked up five of a possible six points in the standings, but after road wins against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins, the Stars stumbled in their return to American Airlines Center on Saturday. Dallas let a two-goal, third-period lead slip away against the Philadelphia Flyers before eventually losing 6-5 in overtime. The game did feature Jason Spezza's first goal since being traded to Dallas in the offseason. Spezza played on a line with Seguin and Jamie Benn, a combination coach Lindy Ruff used again in practice Monday, and the trio combined for nine points in the loss. Dallas also announced Monday that defenseman Patrik Nemeth will miss the rest of the regular season after sustaining an arm laceration against the Flyers.

Team Stats
GP Record Home Road L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
4 3-1-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 3.00 2.50 21.0 87.5 11.2 34.5 26.5 46.4
5 2-1-2 0-0-2 2-1-0 2-1-2 3.00 3.20 26.7 71.4 13.2 27.6 32.0 46.5

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