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Six games on NHL's Wednesday schedule

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The Anaheim Ducks have never fared well in New Jersey -- especially during the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, when they lost all four visits to the Garden State. The Ducks play only their second visit to New Jersey since losing Game 7 when they visit the Prudential Center in one of six games on the NHL schedule Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET).

The Ducks have won only twice in 11 visits to New Jersey since entering the NHL in 1993, though one of those came in their last visit, a 2-1 win on Feb. 8, 2008. The Ducks come East after back-to-back home wins, while the Devils have won five in a row.

Alex Ovechkin will be on the sidelines again as the Washington Capitals go for their third win in a row when they host the New York Islanders (7 p.m. NHL Network-U.S.). Ovechkin is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Caps have won two of their three games without him, sweeping a home-and-home set with Florida over the weekend after losing to New Jersey. The Islanders are starting a seven-game road trip -- but their only victory away from home came at the Verizon Center on Oct. 30.

The Edmonton Oilers come to Buffalo (7 p.m. ET) off a 4-3 shootout loss at Ottawa on Tuesday -- and they'll be facing a Sabres team that's trying to get back on the right track after weekend losses to Philadelphia and Boston. Despite the losses, the Sabres (9-4-1) are still in first place in the Northeast Division.

The last time the Detroit Red Wings came to Nationwide Arena, they left having completed a first-round sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets in last spring's playoffs. The teams meet for the first time this season (7 p.m. ET), with the Wings looking up at the Jackets in the Central Division standings. Columbus and Chicago are tied with 20 points, three more than the injury-riddled Wings, who lost forward Jason Williams to a broken leg on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Kings continue their road trip with a rare visit to the RBC Center to face the struggling Carolina Hurricanes. The Kings come to town off back-to-back losses to Nashville and Chicago. But the Hurricanes come into the game with an 12-game losing streak that includes Saturday's 3-2 loss at Columbus in which starting goaltender Cam Ward left with a lacerated leg that will keep him out for 3-4 weeks.

The Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks own the NHL's two longest shootouts this season, so don't be surprised if nothing is settled after 60 minutes when they meet for Round 3 (8:30 p.m. ET) at the United Center. Chicago won a nine-round shootout at home last month; Colorado won an eight-rounder at the Pepsi Center last Friday.
   





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