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Daily Primer March 4: Blues set to host Lightning

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer March 4: Blues set to host Lightning
Ryan Miller has already played his last game with the Buffalo Sabres. Will Tuesday be the last time we see Martin St. Louis skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Ryan Miller has already played his last game with the Buffalo Sabres. Will Tuesday be the last time we see Martin St. Louis skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

With the NHL Trade Deadline set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, there's a chance St. Louis could be moved. That's why all eyes will be on the Lightning on Tuesday when they visit Miller and the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:

Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins -- The Panthers will aim to finally solve the Bruins in the fourth and final game between the teams this season. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask is 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in three games against Florida. The Panthers have lost seven of their past 10 games, but rallied for a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders on Sunday. After coming out of the Olympic break with back-to-back losses, the Bruins cruised to a 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils -- It's the first of two games between these teams this week; they will also face each other at Joe Louis Arena on Friday. Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils in what could be his last game with the franchise. Brodeur could be moved before the NHL Trade Deadline, which is set for 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. Detroit will be seeking its third straight victory.

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets -- Stars coach Lindy Ruff recorded his 600th career victory Monday, when Dallas beat the Buffalo Sabres by a 3-2 score at American Airlines Center. The win also allowed the Stars to move into sole possession of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks. Columbus moved within a point of the final playoff spot in the East on Monday, when they edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 at Air Canada Centre. Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray sustained a lower-body injury in the loss and is unlikely to play Tuesday.

Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks -- Colorado enters having won two games in a row and three of its past four. The Avalanche (83 points) are also three points behind the Blackhawks (86) and St. Louis Blues (86) for the Central Division lead. The Blackhawks, who will be without Marian Hossa for up to three weeks, snapped a two-game skid Saturday night at Soldier Field with a 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues -- The Blues play their first game at Scottrade Center since acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres last Friday. Miller won his Blues debut on Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Lightning are wrapping up a four-game road trip and are inching closer to the return of superstar Steven Stamkos. This could also be the final game in the Lightning uniform for captain Martin St. Louis, who has been the subject of trade rumors.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators -- The Penguins saw their lead over the Boston Boston Bruins for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference shrink to three points after the Bruins beat the New York Rangers on Sunday night. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to make his first start since Oct. 22. Nashville gets him back from a lengthy injury ordeal at a time when it's desperate to start stringing together wins. Rinne stopped 33 of 35 shots in two American Hockey League games during a conditioning stint.

New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets -- Likely the last game as Islanders for left wing Thomas Vanek and defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. New York is beginning a four-game road trip after losing two home games over the weekend. Winnipeg is 11-3-1 since Paul Maurice replaced Claude Noel as coach and trails the Dallas Stars by two points for the final playoff spot in the West.

Vancouver Canucks at Phoenix Coyotes -- Vancouver has lost nine of its past 10 games, the latest a 4-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators at the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday. The Coyotes are winless in their past four games and blew a 2-0 lead en route to a 4-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle has points in four of his past five games (one goal, four assists).

Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers -- Ottawa plays the second of a four-game road trip after beating the Vancouver Canucks at the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday. Senators defenseman has three goals and two assists over the past five games. Edmonton has lost three in a row, but received some good news Monday when goaltender Ben Scrivens signed a two-year contract extension.

Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks -- Carolina has lost five in a row and is falling out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes enter Tuesday seven points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the final postseason invitation. San Jose returns home after going 2-1-0 during a three-game road trip last week. The Sharks will play four straight against clubs from the East, beginning with Carolina and ending on Mar. 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sharks center Joe Pavelski has three goals and two assists over the past three games.

Quote of the Day

The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.

— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday
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