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Pluses, minuses for Canadiens, Bruins

Top line, goaltending of Boston should provide challenge for Montreal's 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.

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, two Original Six teams, have one of the longest and most intense rivalries in the NHL. The Canadiens have 24 Stanley Cup titles and has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in eight of the past 10 seasons, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Final. The Bruins have won the Cup six times and made the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, including two trips to the Final and one win (2011).

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Canadiens-Bruins

Boston is 9-0-4 in past 13 games; Montreal looking to make postseason push

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins renew the NHL's most famed rivalry when they play at TD Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS, NHL.TV).

It's the second of three games between the teams in an eight-day stretch. Boston won 4-3 in a shootout at Bell Centre last Saturday, and they play again in Montreal this Saturday.

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5 Reasons to watch Wild-Blackhawks

Kane's hot stick, Dubnyk's improved goaltending highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Two Central Division teams that are part of the scramble for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference will play face off when the Minnesota Wild play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

Chicago (21-15-6) enters the night holding the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the West. The Blackhawks, Calgary Flames and Wild (22-17-4) each have 48 points, but Minnesota has played 43 games, one more than Chicago and Calgary, and the Blackhawks have 21 regulation/overtime wins, one more than the Flames and Wild.

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Blackhawks still searching for consistency

Must capitalize on home-heavy schedule this month to boost confidence after up-and-down December

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

When the Chicago Blackhawks won their final home game of 2017 at United Center on Dec. 17, they extended their winning streak to five games. They were starting to play better hockey and gain some traction in the Central Division.

Then they went on the road, and any momentum they gained during the five-game streak vanished. They lost to the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils before the Christmas break, then to the Vancouver Canucks in their first game back. Chicago failed to hold a 3-1 third-period lead but defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime, then had to come back from down 3-0 to get a point in an overtime loss at the Calgary Flames on New Year's Eve.

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5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Rangers

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

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The New York Rangers head back indoors when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Rangers are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday. They are 5-2-1 in their past eight games and enter the night third in the tightly packed Metropolitan Division, four points behind the first-place Washington Capitals.

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Pluses, minuses for Red Wings, Flyers

Philadelphia's top line on roll; Detroit making most of power-play chances entering Wednesday Night 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.

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5 Reasons to watch Red Wings-Flyers

Detroit's turnaround, Elliott's goaltending highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers will play for the first time in more than a year when they face off at Wells Fargo Center in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

Despite winning six in a row before a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, the Flyers (14-12-7) are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes (14-12-7) for last place in the tightly packed Metropolitan Division. The Red Wings (13-13-7) have struggled after a fast start, but they come to Philadelphia after their second straight win, 6-3 at the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

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Pluses, minuses for Bruins, Red Wings

Rask's play for Boston, young stars of Detroit among reasons 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 Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings are heading in opposite directions; Boston has won two straight and eight of 10 (8-2-0), and Detroit has lost two straight and nine of 10 (1-5-4).

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Larkin has tough lessons pay off with Red Wings

Forward growing in third season under coach Blashill

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was hurting the confidence of forward Dylan Larkin, and he knew it.

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5 Reasons to watch Bruins-Red Wings

Rask's hot streak, Detroit's ability to get back on track highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Two Original Six teams headed in opposite directions face each other for the first time this season when the Boston Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

After an up-and-down start, the Bruins (14-9-4) come to Detroit on a 4-1-0 run that has lifted them into third place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings started the season with four wins in their first five games, but have dropped to 11-13-6 by losing nine of their past 10 (1-5-4).

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