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Caps' chase for 15 highlights Wednesday schedule

by Brian Compton
Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals' pursuit of the team's 15th consecutive victory highlights what promises to be an exciting eight-game schedule on Wednesday night.

Washington (41-12-6), which has built a 14-point lead in the Eastern Conference, will be looking for win No. 15 when it battles the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre. The game will be televised nationally in Canada on TSN and RDS.

Three games get under way at 7 p.m. ET. The Philadelphia Flyers hope to complete a home-and-home series sweep of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, while the New York Rangers host the Nashville Predators. Also, the Columbus Blue Jackets will look to improve to 3-0 under interim coach Claude Noel as they take on the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena.

The New York Islanders, who ended a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a 4-3 shootout win against Nashville, will battle the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh (35-22-2) trails New Jersey by two points in the Atlantic Division. The game can be seen on the NHL Network in the U.S.

At 8 p.m. ET, the Minnesota Wild return to the ice as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Xcel Energy Center. Phoenix (36-19-5) is two points ahead of Los Angeles for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, while the Wild are five points behind No. 8 Calgary.

One hour later, the Colorado Avalanche continue their pursuit of first place in the Northwest Division as they battle the Atlanta Thrashers at the Pepsi Center. Colorado, which has won two in a row, is in a virtual tie for first in the Northwest with Vancouver at 72 points apiece.

In the final game of the night, the Anaheim Ducks search for their 11th straight win on home ice as they face the Edmonton Oilers at the Honda Center. The Ducks, who are just four points out of a playoff spot, will likely be without Ryan Getzlaf, who suffered a sprained left ankle on Monday night.
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