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Original Six contest among five games

by Adam Schwartz /
The Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS) in an Original Six match in one of five games in the NHL on Monday night.

A half-hour prior to the start of the Leafs-Bruins, the Vancouver Canucks begin their four-game road trip against the New York Islanders, and the Ottawa Senators try to avoid losing their fifth in a row against the New York Rangers.

Later, the Detroit Red Wings go for their fourth home win this season when they face the Edmonton Oilers, and the streaking Nashville Predators go for their fourth consecutive win when they take on the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks.

Here's what to keep an eye on:

* The Canucks, who are tied for first place in the Northwest Division with 21 points, don't have a minus player that has played at least 10 games for them this season. Vancouver, which scored the fewest goals in the division last season with 213, has scored the most goals in the division this season with 53.

* Islanders right wing Trent Hunter, who never has scored more than 25 goals in a season, leads the team with 7 goals this season, putting him on pace for a 34-goal season. Hunter, who leads the team with 48 hits, has 3 goals in his last five games.

* Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who finished third in the Eastern Conference with 58 assists last season, has just 1 assist in his last four games. Spezza, who has 10 assists and 15 points in 14 career games against the Rangers, has only five of his 15 points this season away from Scotiabank Place.

* The Rangers, who have allowed the fewest goals in the Atlantic Division with 44, have lost two of their last four home games. The Rangers, who have a 7-2-2 record in one-goal games, also have a 7-2-2 record after their opponent scores first.   

* Boston center Marc Savard, whose 19 points is seven more than any other Bruin, is tied for the team lead with a plus-9 rating. Savard, who is tied for the lead among Northeast Division forwards with 13 assists, has a minus-20 rating in 36 career games against the Maple Leafs.

* Toronto center Matt Stajan, who many consider to be a top candidate for the Maple Leafs' next captain, has 8 assists and 10 points during his current six-game point-scoring streak. Stajan, who never has had more than 39 points in a season, is on pace for 81 this season.

* The Maple Leafs, who have allowed the most goals in the League with 64, have the best power play in the Eastern Conference, which is operating at a 22.7-percent success rate. Toronto, which is in a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference, has scored 20 of its 57 games while playing with a man advantage.

* Edmonton defenseman Sheldon Souray, who only played 26 games for the Oilers last season due to a shoulder injury, leads Northwest Division defensemen with 5 goals. Souray, who widely is regarded as having one of the hardest shots in the League, scored 26 goals in 2006-07 with the Montreal Canadiens has just 1 goal in 10 career games against the Red Wings.

* Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa, who leads the Western Conference with 23 points, has 6 more points than any of his teammates. Hossa, who has had four consecutive multiple-point games, has played at least 19 minutes in three games during that span.

* San Jose right wing Devin Setoguchi, who is playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, has 3 goals and 6 points in his last three games. Setoguchi, who had 17 points in 44 games as a rookie last season, already has 20 points in his first 19 games this season and leads the team with 10 goals.

* Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, whose nickname is Pickles, is tied for the team lead with 29 blocked shots. Vlasic, whose favorite TV show is Friends, leads the team with an average ice time of 24:20 per game.

* Nashville captain Jason Arnott, who has scored at least 20 goals in his last nine seasons, is tied for the team lead with 8 goals this season. Arnott, who has scored 30 goals twice in his career, is on a 45-goal pace this season.

* The Predators, who are in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with 19 points, have allowed two more goals than they have scored. Nashville, which has played the fewest home games in the Central Division with six, plays two more road games after Monday night's game at the Sommet Center.
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