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Daily Primer Jan. 7: Flyers, Devils renew rivalry @NHLdotcom

One of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL will resume in front of nationally-televised audiences Tuesday night.

The surging Philadelphia Flyers, who have won seven of their past 10 games and have moved into playoff position in the Eastern Conference, will face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, TCN-PH). The Devils have dropped back-to-back games, but sit four points back of Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division.

Here's a closer look at all the action Tuesday:

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres -- Each team puts a winning streak on the line; the Hurricanes will be seeking their fifth straight victory, while the Sabres have won five in a row at First Niagara Center after going 0-8-1 in their first nine games at home. Each of Carolina's four consecutive wins have been decided by one goal.

New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs -- The Islanders will be without No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who sustained a lower-body injury during a 7-3 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday. Nabokov was placed on injured reserve after the game, which means Kevin Poulin gets the start in Toronto. The Maple Leafs will be looking to bounce back after a 7-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils -- Philadelphia returns home after it capped a very impressive West Coast swing, earning eight of a possible 10 points with victories against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes. The Devils closed out their 12th of 22 sets of back-to-back games on Saturday with a 2-1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres, falling to 7-2-3 in the second of back-to-back games. Goalie Cory Schneider made 20 saves, but lost for the 14th time in 19 starts. The Devils have scored one goal or fewer in nine of Schneider's starts this season (1-7-1).

San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators -- San Jose won for the seventh time in 12 shootouts this season Sunday, when it earned a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Alex Stalock made 33 saves in a rare start. Nashville opens a five-game homestand Tuesday and will play seven of its next eight games at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators dropped a 2-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets -- Already without center Steven Stamkos, the Lightning will be without No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop after the latter sustained an upper-body injury in a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Winnipeg will attempt to stop a three-game losing streak, with each defeat taking place on the road. The Jets suffered a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Calgary Flames at Phoenix Coyotes -- The Flames finally found some offense Monday, when Mike Cammalleri broke a 3-3 tie via the power play with 3:30 left in regulation to lift Calgary, which had been shut out in three of its previous four games, to a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Phoenix will try to avoid a three-game losing streak without the services of top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who skated Monday but will not play due to an upper-body injury.

St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers -- St. Louis brings a five-game winning streak to Rexall Place and is enjoying the franchise's best start through 41 games. The Blues extended their impressive run with a 6-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Edmonton is coming off a 5-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Taylor Hall has two goals and six assists in the past five games for the Oilers.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks -- The Penguins begin a three-game road trip through Western Canada, and they'll do so with the services of key players Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. Each returned to Pittsburgh's lineup Sunday, when the Penguins earned a 6-5 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Consol Energy Center. Vancouver will be without No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo, who was injured during a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Eddie Lack is likely to get the start against the Penguins.

Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks -- Boston opens its California tour against the only team that hasn't lost in regulation on home ice this season. Fortunately, the Bruins will bring some momentum after earning a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Anaheim improved to 17-0-2 at Honda Center with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings -- Minnesota will play its next two games and three of four on the road, starting with the game Tuesday at Staples Center. The Wild will be without captain Mikko Koivu, who had surgery Monday morning to repair a broken ankle sustained Saturday against the Washington Capitals. Koivu is expected to miss four weeks. The Kings play the second of a five-game homestand after ending a five-game winless streak Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. Jonathan Quick returned from injury and made 27 saves to spark the Kings, who had allowed at least three goals in four of their prior five games.

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