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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Islanders-Rangers

New York rivals on different levels entering Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: NYI@NYR

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: NYI@NYR

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers

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The Stanley Cup Playoff hopes of the New York Islanders and New York Rangers going into the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV) are a lot farther apart than the buildings they call home.

At the Manhattan end of the rivalry are the Rangers, cruising toward the playoffs. Despite the absence of starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who will miss his seventh straight game because of a hip injury, the Rangers are all but assured of finishing no worse than the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference; they have a 13-point lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hold the second wild card, and a 16-point lead on the Islanders.

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NHL Insider

For Rangers, home is where heartache is

New York has best road mark in NHL but can't figure out formula for success at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers return to their house of agony Wednesday. They better figure out how to turn Madison Square Garden into a house of comfort soon.

The Rangers' next chance to end their slump on home ice comes against the New York Islanders (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). They are 0-4-2 in their past six games at MSG and 19-15-3 there this season.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Islanders-Rangers

Goaltending, speed, forechecking 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 New York Rangers haven't had many dips this season. They're tied for the fifth-best record in the NHL and fourth in the Metropolitan Division, eight points behind the first-place Washington Capitals. It's not set in stone, but the Rangers likely will be the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Penguins-Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin provide tough matchup for Philadelphia defense

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.

Don't look now, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the League.

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NHL Insider

Valtteri Filppula settling in with Flyers

Philadelphia counting on recently acquired center to play key role in playoff push

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Since joining the Philadelphia Flyers, center Valtteri Filppula said one of his best friends has been his GPS.

"Lot of Google maps, that's for sure," said Filppula, who came to the Flyers along with two draft picks in a March 1 trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Mark Streit. "I can't get anywhere without someone telling me where to go."

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Penguins-Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin lead Pittsburgh against desperate Philadelphia

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: PIT@PHI

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: PIT@PHI

NHL Tonight previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will have their eyes on different prizes when they play the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Penguins are in in a three-way battle with the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL standings. Pittsburgh is 3-0-1 entering the finale of a five-game road trip after a 4-3 shootout loss at the Calgary Flames on Monday.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Red Wings-Bruins

Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, Boston's Brad Marchand at core of Original Six matchup

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 Boston Bruins have been playing well under new coach Bruce Cassidy, winning eight of 11 games since he took over from Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Boston is hanging tough in the Atlantic Division and trying to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013-14.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Red Wings-Bruins

Detroit's playoff streak in jeopardy; Boston seeking first postseason berth since 2013-14

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings are headed in opposite directions as they prepare to meet at TD Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

Detroit would need a miraculous finish to continue its streak of 25 consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings come to Boston following a 3-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday that saw them fall behind by three goals. The Red Wings are last in the Eastern Conference, 12 points out of the second wild card.

The Bruins are third in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of Toronto. But they're also just four points behind the Ottawa Senators and 10 behind the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins play 10 of their final 16 games at home.

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game recap

Patrick Kane hat trick lifts Blackhawks to victory

Scores three goals against Penguins, Chicago gets fifth straight win

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored his second hat trick in three games, and Scott Darling made 36 saves to help the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth straight win, 4-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at United Center on Wednesday.

Kane got his first goal midway through the second period, and then scored two more late in the third, including into an empty net with 41 seconds remaining.

"I guess sometimes players get a little streaky," said Kane, who has seven goals in the past three games, 12 in the past 11. "I don't think I played my best game tonight, but at the same time, you get opportunities and chances, and you find ways to score goals."

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game preview

Preview: Penguins at Blackhawks

Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang to miss third straight game; Johnny Oduya will sit for Chicago

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (38-15-8) at BLACKHAWKS (39-18-5)

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

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