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Original Six action highlights schedule

by Adam Schwartz
Fourteen NHL teams take the ice Thursday night, including a doubleheader on TSN featuring an Original Six match between the Maple Leafs and Bruins in Boston (7 p.m. ET), followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Colorado Avalanche (9:30 p.m. ET).

In addition to the TSN doubleheader, the New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars, the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS), the Calgary Flames go to Nashville, the Minnesota Wild begin a 3-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals play the middle game of a 3-game road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Here's what to watch:

* The Maple Leafs, who are one of just 2 teams -- along with the Bruins -- to have lost 3 shootouts this season. The Leafs have just 11 goals, tied for the fewest in the Eastern Conference.

* Bruins center David Krejci, Boston's first pick in the 2004 Entry Draft (No. 63), is tied for third on the team with 5 points in 6 games. Krejci, who had 6 goals in 56 games last season, has 2 goals in 6 games this season.

* The Pacific Division, which had 2 of the 3 teams in the Western Conference with at least 100 points, currently has just 1 team -- the San Jose Sharks -- with more than 5 points.

* The Stars, who had a 22-14-5 road record last season, are 1-3 away from home this season, including a 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Dallas, which went to the Western Conference Finals last season, currently sits 12th in the conference.

* Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin, who had just 6 assists in 66 games last season, has 5 assists in 5 games this season. With the departure of veteran defensemen Glen Wesley and Bret Hedican in the offseason, Wallin has had an increased role.

* Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who won the Hart and Art Ross trophies in 2007, has averaged at least a point a game in every season in his career. Crosby, who is tied for fifth in the League with 8 assists, has 10 points in 10 games against the Hurricanes in his career.

* Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who has a plus-65 rating in the past 4 seasons, has a minus-6 rating in 6 games this season. Iginla, who has at least 90 points in his last 2 seasons, has 4 points in his first 6 games.

* Wild center Mikko Koivu, brother of Canadiens captain Saku, leads the team and is tied for second in the Northwest Division with 8 assists in 4 games. Mikko, who has never had more than 34 assists in a season, could reach that plateau by the All-Star break.

* Sabres center Derek Roy, who has 3 assists in 6 games, leads Northeast Division forwards with an average ice time of 23:14 per game. Roy, a speedy and effective forward despite his 5-foot-9, 188-pound frame, led the Sabres with 81 points last season.

* Edmonton captain Ethan Moreau, who has played just 32 games in the last 2 seasons, has 4 points and a plus-4 rating in 5 games this season. Moreau, who has been the Oilers' captain since last season, is in his 10th season with Edmonton.

* The Avalanche, who have 24 goals, the most in the Northwest Division, have given up an average of 3.67 goals per game this season. Colorado, which lost its first 3 games of the season, has rebounded by winning their last 3 games.

* Washington left wing Alexander Semin, who is tied for second in the League with 10 points, also is tied for second in the League with a plus-7 rating. Semin, who has 5 road points this season, only has faced the Coyotes once in his career.

* Coyotes center Olli Jokinen, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers for defensemen Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard this summer, leads the team with 6 points in 5 games and is averaging the second-most ice time among Coyotes forwards with an average of 18:35 per game. Jokinen, who never has played a playoff game, is in his 11th NHL season and has a career minus-73 rating. 

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