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Long and short trips on Monday schedule

by Adam Schwartz
After a busy weekend and two matinee games Monday, there are five games in the NHL Monday night.

At 7 p.m. ET, the New Jersey Devils travel across the Hudson River to face the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens (RDS), the Vancouver Canucks play the second game of a six-game road trip in Washington (VERSUS) and the Detroit Red Wings look for their second win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

A lone 8:30 p.m. ET games pits the winless Chicago Blackhawks against Central Division-rival Nashville Predators.

Here's what to keep an eye out for:

* Devils left wing Zach Parise, who led the team with 32 goals last season, shares the team lead with Patrik Elias with 2 this season. Parise, who is the son of former New York Islander J-P Parise, has raised his goal, assist and point totals each of his first three seasons in the League.

* With wins in their first four games for the first time since the 1983-84 season, the Rangers are one win short of the team record of five straight wins to start a season.

* Montreal left wing Alex Tanguay, who was traded from the Calgary Flames this summer for a package of draft picks, had a goal and 3 assists in the Canadiens' 6-1 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Tanguay, who failed to score 20 goals for the first time in four seasons last season, has 8 points in 10 career games against the Flyers.

* The Canadiens, who are celebrating their centennial season, had 3 power-play goals Saturday against Toronto. Montreal, which had the best power play in the League last season with a 24.1-percent success rate, has a 25-percent success rate so far this season. 

* Philadelphia left wing Simon Gagne, who has scored at least 20 goals in six seasons, including two 40-goal campaigns, scored the Flyers' second goal in a failed comeback attempt Saturday night in their first game of the season, which they lost 4-3 to the Rangers.

* Vancouver, which won six of seven preseason games, swept their season-opening home-and-home series with the Calgary Flames. After trampling the Flames 6-0 Thursday, the Canucks fought back from a 3-1 deficit for a 5-4 overtime victory when Pavel Demitra scored his first goal as a Canuck on Saturday to spoil Calgary's home opener.

* The Canucks, who scored the fewest goals in the Northwest Division last season with 213, have scored the most goals in the Western Conference with 11 in two games this season. Vancouver, which finished in last place in their division last season, has played the Capitals in Washington just once since the 2003-04 season. 
* The Capitals, who have allowed the most goals in the Southeast Division with 9, have scored 4 goals in each of their first two games. Washington, which scored the second-most goals in the Southeast Division last season with 242, yielded 7 goals to the Atlanta Thrashers in their first game, but allowed just two against the Blackhawks in their second game.

* The Red Wings outshot the Ottawa Senators 41-22 in their 3-2 victory Saturday, which was their first of the season. Detroit, which was trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, had 6 wins (in 22 tries) last season when trailing after two periods, the third-most wins in the League in that category.

* Carolina center Rod Brind'Amour, who missed 23 games last season, mostly due to a knee injury, is one of four Hurricanes to have 3 points so far this season - Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen and Ray Whitney are the others. Brind'Amour, annually among the League's top face-off men, has won 29 faceoffs in Carolina's first two games.

* Nashville right wing J-P Dumont, who has 12 assists and 17 points in 21 career games against Chicago, is tied with four other players for the League lead with 4 assists. Dumont, who assisted on all of Nashville's goals in Saturday's 3-1 victory against the Dallas Stars, has at least 40 assists in the last two seasons.

* The Blackhawks, who were predicted by many to be vastly improved from last season, are the only Central Division team without a win. Not one Chicago player has more than one point in the club's two 4-2 losses, to the Rangers and the Capitals.

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