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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Rangers-Blackhawks

New York's winning streak, Kane's scoring highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks are headed in opposite directions as they prepare to face off at United Center in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Rangers enter the game with six consecutive victories and are 9-7-2 after a 1-5-2 start. Chicago has lost three of its past four games and is 8-8-2 after a 7-5 loss at home to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after leading by three goals in the first period.

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Pluses, minuses for Bruins, Rangers

Boston getting production from young players; New York has scored 18 goals during four-game winning streak

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

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5 Reasons to watch Bruins-Rangers

Original Six opponents play for first time this season in Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers each will try to continue their improved performance after a slow start when they play at Madison Square Garden in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Rangers come into the game with four consecutive victories and are 7-7-2 after a 1-5-2 start. Boston (6-4-3) is 4-1-3 in its past eight games. Each team is coming off a 5-3 home win Monday; the Rangers rallied to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Bruins held off the Minnesota Wild.

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Pluses, minuses for Flyers, Blackhawks

Philadelphia needs more production from depth players; Chicago struggling to find chemistry

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks may only play each other twice a season, but they are always intense games. You can bet the Flyers haven't forgotten the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, when forward Patrick Kane scored in overtime in Game 6 in their building and had to watch the Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup.

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5 Reasons to watch Flyers-Blackhawks

Each team seeking bounce-back effort in Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks each will try to rebound after disappointing losses when they play at United Center in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game this week (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Flyers flew to Chicago after becoming the first team to lose to the Arizona Coyotes this season; they are 6-5-1 after a 4-3 overtime loss on Monday. Chicago finished an 0-3-0 week by losing 6-3 at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The defeat dropped the Blackhawks to 5-5-2, sixth in the Central Division.

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5 Reasons to watch Sabres-Blue Jackets

Buffalo trying to recover from slow start entering visit to Columbus for Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Buffalo Sabres want to get to where the Columbus Blue Jackets are now -- a once-struggling team that has rebuilt to become a contender. The Blue Jackets, who have won five of their first eight games and are coming off their best season since entering the NHL in 2000, host the Sabres in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Blue Jackets (5-3-0) are trying to build on a 108-point season that ended with a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round. Columbus won five of its first six games but have lost its past two.

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Pluses, minuses for Sabres, Blue Jackets

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus defense will be test for Eichel, Kane

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres each have something to prove this season.

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Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Blues

Crawford off to great start for Chicago; Tarasenko has firepower for St. Louis

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Chicago Blackhawks (nine straight seasons) and St. Louis Blues (six) each have long streaks of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but neither will be satisfied with anything less than winning the Cup. Last season, the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Western Conference First Round and the Blues from the second round, each by the Nashville Predators.

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5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Blues

Kane heating up for Chicago; Tarasenko putting up early numbers for St. Louis

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have met twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past four years, and each is on the way to proving it belongs among the class of the Central Division this season. The Blackhawks visit Scottrade Center for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

This is the only game between the Blackhawks and Blues for exactly five months; they don't play again until March 18, then face each other three times in the final three weeks of the season. 

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Pluses, minuses for Penguins, Capitals

Letang's presence a strength for Pittsburgh; Ovechkin off to blistering start for Washington

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams playing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are no strangers to each other. The Metropolitan Division rivals have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons, with the Penguins dispatching the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Second Round each time on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

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