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Daily Primer March 17: Bruins seek ninth win in row @NHLdotcom

The Boston Bruins will go for a ninth consecutive victory in front of a nationally televised audience Monday night.

Boston plays the Minnesota Wild for the first time in more than two years when it hosts them at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2). The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference with 95 points and made it eight in a row with a 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"We [don't] talk about the streak. We just talk about game by game, and it just seems to give us a better feeling and a better focus," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "So that's the way you don't get content or comfortable and you keep plugging away."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins -- These teams haven't played each other since Feb. 19, 2012. The Bruins have all but clinched the Atlantic Division; Boston, which is 11-1-2 in its past 14 games, is 15 points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs with two games in hand. Minnesota went 1-0-3 on its four-game homestand to solidify its hold on a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. The Wild are 6-1-3 in their past 10 games and are in possession of the first wild card in the Western Conference.

Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning -- The Canucks have won two of the first three games on their four-game road trip, which ends Monday, and three of the past five games overall. But Vancouver has one regulation win this month, a span of eight games. The Lightning are wrapping up a six-game homestand. Tampa Bay has won back-to-back games and has scored eight goals. Goalie Ben Bishop set a Lightning record with his 31st win of the season, a 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues -- Winnipeg ended a six-game skid (0-3-3) with a 7-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at MTS Centre on Sunday. The win allowed the Jets to move within four points of the Dallas Stars for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis returns to Scottrade Center for one game after a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Blues, who have a two-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks atop the NHL standings, begin a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings -- The Coyotes need a victory to keep pace with the Dallas Stars, who occupy the second Western Conference wild-card spot. Phoenix has won three of four, but has a tough schedule ahead with a stretch of five games in eight days. The Kings continue a five-game homestand looking for their first win after losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks. Los Angeles has lost two straight one-goal games following a season-high eight-game winning streak.

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