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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Capitals-Flyers

Goalie Braden Holtby, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov in Wednesday Night Rivalry spotlight

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: WSH@PHI

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: WSH@PHI

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers

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It's not impossible that the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers could play in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year. But for that to happen, the Flyers urgently need a victory against the Capitals in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Capitals enter the night on top of the division and leading the Eastern Conference in their attempt to win the Presidents' Trophy in back-to-back seasons. Despite a 10-game winning streak early in the season, the Flyers have dropped to sixth in the division and are in a group of teams jockeying for the second wild card from the East.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Capitals, Flyers

Depth of Washington, youth of Philadelphia among things to watch in rivalry game

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 Washington Capitals have struggled following their six-day break, losing two straight games and looking to avoid three straight losses for the first time in almost three months (Nov. 26-Dec. 3). The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets are right on their heels for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. 

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Jaromir Jagr of Panthers still going strong at 45

Florida forward one point from 1,900 in NHL, wants to play until he's 50

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Of the thousands of players who have taken the ice in the first 100 years of the NHL, it's safe to say Jaromir Jagr is one of a kind.

Jagr turned 45 Wednesday. But at an age when most players of his caliber would have been enjoying retirement and induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Jagr will spend his birthday trying to help the Florida Panthers defeat the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). A goal or an assist would make him the second NHL player to score 1,900 points.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Blues, Red Wings

Pluses, minuses for Blues, Red Wings

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 St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings are each in a position unfamiliar to them. The Blues, who have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past four seasons, are clinging to a postseason berth in the Western Conference. The Red Wings, who have made the playoffs for 25 straight seasons, are in last place in the Eastern Conference.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Kevin Shattenkirk stays focused for Blues

Defenseman able to 'deal with' trade rumors, help St. Louis win four straight games

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- With his name circulating in trade rumors, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk knows he can't avoid the subject.

That was certainly the base last week when the Blues played at the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens and the 28-year-old faced plenty of questions from the Canadian media about his future. But Shattenkirk, who leads the Blues with 28 assists and has 11 goals in 56 games, seems to be taking it all in stride.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Blues-Red Wings

St. Louis has won five of six under Mike Yeo; Detroit's streak of 25 straight playoff seasons in jeopardy

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: STL@DET

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: STL@DET

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings

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Just because the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings are no longer in the same division doesn't mean they'll be any less intense when they meet at Joe Louis Arena in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Blues will be trying for a perfect five-game road trip and have looked like a new team under Mike Yeo. The Red Wings have been inconsistent and can't afford to keep dropping points if they hope to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 26th consecutive season.

With a lot on the line for each team, here are 5 reasons to tune in:

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Wild

Minnesota tries for ninth straight win vs. Chicago, aims to expand Central Division lead

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: CHI@MIN

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: CHI@MIN

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild

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With the other 28 NHL teams scheduled for an off day, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild will have the League stage all to themselves for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game this week (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

Despite their 32-17-5 record, the third-best in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks are looking up at the Wild (35-12-5) in the Central Division standings; Minnesota has a six-point lead and two games in hand on Chicago. For the Blackhawks to have any hopes of catching the Wild for the division title, a win at Xcel Energy Center is a must. 

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Jonathan Toews of Blackhawks seeking consistency

Chicago captain battling through revolving linemates, subpar offensive output

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- This was supposed to be a rebound season for Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

Toews, 28, has won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks and was expected to bounce back from a disappointing 2015-16 season in which he had 58 points (28 goals, 30 assists) in 80 games, his second-lowest career total in a full, injury-free season. Instead, his frustrations continue heading into this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Wild

Top line of Chicago against defense of Minnesota among things to watch

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 and Minnesota Wild are neck-and-neck in the race for first place in the Central Division and perhaps the Western Conference. Minnesota has 75 points, six more than Chicago, and has played two fewer games. Home ice advantage can be critical in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so every point matters.

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Preview: Bruins at Capitals

Washington seeks eighth straight home win; Boston tries for fourth consecutive victory

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (26-21-6) at CAPITALS (33-11-6)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SNE, SNO, NHL.TV

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