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New York rivalry takes center stage

by Adam Schwartz / NHL.com
The Rangers and Islanders renew their New York rivalry (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN2) in one of six games Monday night.

Later, the Panthers host the Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS); the Flames look to extend their one-point Northwest Division lead when they play the Wild; the Sharks visit the Stars; the Avalanche go for their fourth win in five games when they face the Predators; and the Blue Jackets start a six-game road trip in Los Angeles.

Here's what to watch:

* Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, who averaged 17:31 of ice time last season with Montreal, is averaging a team-leading 25:14 this season. Streit, who leads Eastern Conference defensemen and is tied for second in the League with 27 points, has 6 assists in his last six games.

* Rangers right wing Nikolai Zherdev, who was a combined minus-28 in his previous two seasons, is a plus-4 this season. Zherdev, who leads the team with 33 points, has 24 even-strength points.

* Montreal center Robert Lang, who is fourth on the team with 25 points, is one of six Habs with at least a plus-9 rating. Lang, who hasn't had 60 points in a season since 2005-06, is on pace for 58 points this season.

* Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe, who missed 10 games with a strained lower back, is second on the team with a plus-10 rating. McCabe, who is averaging the most points per game among Florida defenseman, has 7 of his 15 points in the second period.

* Minnesota, which has won just two of its last 10 games, has slipped to last place in the Northwest Division with 36 points. The Wild, who have allowed 80 goals, the fewest goals in the division, have scored just 85, the fewest in the division.

* Flames right wing David Moss, who had 4 goals in 41 games last season, has 11 goals in 35 games this season while averaging just 12:10 of ice time per game. He has 2 goals in his last three games.

* San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who is tied for fifth among Pacific Division defensemen with 19 points, has no points in his last five games. Vlasic, who is second on the team with 54 blocked shots, has just 3 assists in 18 career games against the Stars, including one in two games this season.

* The Sharks, who have not lost a game in regulation at home this season, have a 17-2-2 record when scoring first. San Jose, which has the best power play in the Pacific Division at 22.5 percent, also has the best penalty kill in the division at 86.5 percent. 

* Dallas center Brad Richards, who is the only Stars player with both 10 goals and 20 assists, has 6 assists and 10 points in his last five games. Richards, who was held pointless in his previous six games, has 21 of his 31 points at home.

* Predators right wing J.P. Dumont has 8 more assists than any teammate, but has just 1 assist in his last five games. Dumont, who has 10 power-play assists, has just 3 assists against divisional opponents.

 
* Colorado defenseman Brett Clark leads the team with an average ice time of 22:07 per game and is tied for second with a plus-3 rating, is second in the League with 113 blocked shots.      

* Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin leads Columbus defensemen with 16 points, putting him on pace for 37, which would eclipse his career-high of 25 points. Tyutin, who averaged 20:26 of ice time with the Rangers last season, is averaging 23:52 this season.

* Columbus, which has the second-fewest points in the Western Conference with 34, has is 11-6-1 at home but just 4-10-3 on the road. The Blue Jackets, who have the worst power play in the League at 10.1 percent, have a 9-1-0 record entering the third period with a lead.

* Kings right wing Alexander Frolov, who leads the team with 16 goals, has 6 goals and 12 points in 21 career games against Columbus. Frolov had his first multiple-goal game this season Saturday in Los Angeles' 4-0 win against Phoenix.

* Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll leads the Pacific Division with a 57.2 faceoff-winning percentage. Stoll, who was a minus-23 last season with the Oilers, is tied for the team lead with a plus-6 rating this season.

Contact Adam Schwartz at aschwartz@nhl.com.
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