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Caps go for 8 in a row on a busy Wednesday

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The Anaheim Ducks will get the next shot at slowing down the runaway train that is the Washington Capitals these days.

The Ducks continue their road trip with a visit to the Verizon Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, trying to keep the Caps from extending their winning streak to eight in a row. The Ducks are coming off a 2-1 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday, while the Capitals steamrolled the New York Islanders 7-2 despite getting no points from Alex Ovechkin.

The Ducks-Caps game, which will be shown on the NHL Network in the United States, is one of four 7 p.m. ET faceoffs on the NHL's seven-game schedule.

Two of the NHL's top goaltenders face off at Buffalo's HSBC Arena when New Jersey visits the Sabres. Martin Brodeur and the Devils are coming off a 3-0 loss at Ottawa on Tuesday night, while Ryan Miller and the Sabres are coming off a 3-2 loss at Vancouver on Monday that ended a seven-game road trip.

The improving Carolina Hurricanes visit the struggling New York Rangers. Carolina had two days off after a 5-1 home win over Boston that moved them out of the NHL's basement, while the Rangers are 2-5-1 in their last eight -- including a 4-2 home loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.

In the other 7 p.m. faceoff, Montreal, a 2-1 loser at Florida on Tuesday, visits Tampa Bay. That game can be seen on TSN and RDS in Canada.

The Detroit Red Wings will try to bounce back from a 5-4 overtime loss at Phoenix at home on Tuesday when they visit Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET. The Wild has been off since a 4-2 home win over Columbus on Saturday -- a game that followed a 5-4 shootout loss to the Wings two days earlier.

A half-hour later, the struggling Calgary Flames start a quick two-game trip when they visit Dallas. The Flames left town after a 2-0 loss to St. Louis on Monday, while the Stars are back home after being whipped 4-0 at Colorado on Sunday.

In the evening's final game, St. Louis goes for its second sweep of Western Canada this season (after never doing it before) when the Blues visit Vancouver. The Canucks are saying farewell to GM Place for the next six-plus weeks; they play their next 14 games on the road as the Winter Olympics take over the building.
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