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Daily Primer Dec. 17: Will Wild end Canucks' streak?

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Vancouver Canucks are on a roll. On Tuesday night, they'll be put to the test at the start of a three-game road trip.

The Canucks, who have won seven in a row, will visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, SNET-P, FS-N). The Wild are 13-3-2 at home this season and will play their only game in Minnesota over an eight-game stretch that takes them through the holiday break.

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:

Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins -- Boston forward Jarome Iginla faces his former team for the second time in a week after he returned to Calgary for the first time since being traded by the Flames last season. Boston rallied with two goals in 98 seconds to earn a 2-1 win at Calgary last Tuesday. The Bruins are 13-3-2 overall and 9-0-1 in their past 10 games at TD Garden.

Winnipeg Jets at Buffalo Sabres -- The Jets play their second road game in as many nights after earning a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday. Evander Kane returned after missing six games with a lower-body injury and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, and Al Montoya made 22 saves. Buffalo is playing the second of a three-game homestand. Each of its past three games have had a 2-1 outcome. The Sabres have won one of them (1-1-1).

Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs -- Despite an injury to No. 1 goalie Tim Thomas, the Panthers will bring a three-game winning streak to Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Scott Clemmensen has won back-to-back starts for Florida, which has won five of its past six games in an attempt to get back in the playoff picture. The Maple Leafs return home after a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Monday. Sidney Crosby broke a 1-1 tie with 6:03 remaining in regulation.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders -- Tampa Bay is seeking back-to-back road wins for the first time in more than a month. The Lightning are coming off a strong showing Sunday, when they earned a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Islanders are winless in five straight at home following a 1-0 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. New York has lost 17 of its past 20 games.

Phoenix Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens -- Tuesday marks the first time since Nov. 10, 2011, that the Coyotes and Canadiens have played against each other. This will be Phoenix's first visit to Montreal since Oct. 25, 2010. The Canadiens have not lost to the Coyotes since Dec. 9, 1998, (10 wins and three ties). Phoenix is 4-5-2 over the past month; Montreal has dropped three of its past four games.

Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings -- These clubs haven't faced each other since Detroit eliminated Anaheim in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings have since moved to the Eastern Conference and have struggled at Joe Louis Arena, where they are 5-8-6 this season and have won twice in their past 15 home games. Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Sunday, when Dustin Penner scored with 3:17 left in regulation to improve Anaheim's home record to 13-0-2. Detroit will be without forward Johan Franzen, who left the game Sunday after being hit by Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas.

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers -- The Capitals and Flyers will play each other for the second time in three days after Washington rallied with three goals in the final 8:40 of regulation en route to a 5-4 shootout victory Sunday at Verizon Center. Philadelphia continues to be without forward Vincent Lecavalier, though he did skate Monday. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has 27 goals in 31 games this season.

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues -- San Jose heads to Scottrade Center with hopes of getting out of a recent funk that has seen it win once in the past six games (1-4-1). Logan Couture, one of the game's bright young stars, has two goals in his past 15 games, and forward Brent Burns has gone eight straight games without a goal. St. Louis saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Monday, when it suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators -- The Blackhawks take a quick trip to Nashville after earning a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Sunday. Chicago scored all three of its goals in the first period and benefited from a solid performance from goalie Antti Raanta, who made 21 saves. Nashville has won three in a row behind some stellar goaltending of its own; Carter Hutton was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week after boasting a .948 save percentage. The Predators conclude a three-game homestand Tuesday, but they still play four of their next six games at Bridgestone Arena.

Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild -- The red-hot Canucks have won seven in a row, thanks to solid defense and goaltending. Vancouver has allowed eight goals during its impressive run, going 20-for-20 on the penalty kill. Goalie Roberto Luongo is 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average during the streak. Minnesota returns home after going 1-2-0 on a three-game road trip. The Wild lost back-to-back games against the Ducks and Sharks before earning a 2-1 shootout victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars -- It's the conclusion of a home-and-home series that saw Colorado cruise to a 6-2 win in the opener Monday at Pepsi Center. Paul Stastny, who had gone nine games without a point, had two goals and two assists to pace the Avalanche. The Stars have won five of 13 games at American Airlines Center this season (5-4-4).

Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings -- The Kings open a four-game homestand at Staples Center, where they are 10-4-2 this season. Their six-game winning streak came to an end Sunday, when Los Angeles suffered a 3-1 loss at Chicago. Edmonton dropped the first two games of its four-game road trip, coming up short against the Canucks and Ducks. Taylor Hall has five goals in the past six games.

Quote of the Day

I think Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year. I think we started seeing that at the end of the year, and he could be a replacement for Jarome as a possibility.

— Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on forward Loui Eriksson's potential