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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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Friday Four: Claude Julien impact

NHL Network's Kevin Weekes also discusses Blues, Islanders, Brent Burns

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

 

Claude Julien's impact on Bruins, Canadiens

As shocking as it was when the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien, I said on NHL Network that I thought the Canadiens would go after Claude Julien once he was fired by the Boston Bruins. He was far and away the best choice for the job. Bruins fans may be upset that Boston let Julien talk to Montreal, but if you don't want him as your coach, I'm not worried what he's going to do elsewhere. Julien will make his second coaching debut with the Canadiens against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). Don't forget, he also coached them from 2002-06.

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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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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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Friday Four: Blues seek turnaround under Mike Yeo

NHL Network's Kevin Weekes also discusses Jets, All-Star Weekend, Senators

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

 

St. Louis Blues

Even though the Blues were struggling, it was still a surprise that they fired Ken Hitchcock on Wednesday. He had 248 wins with the Blues and a .650 winning percentage, including five straight trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. When he got there in 2011, the Blues were in flux and couldn't defend. He changed that.

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Pluses, minuses for Bruins, Capitals

Goaltending matchup between Tuukka Rask, Braden Holtby 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.

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Friday Four: Cheers for New York teams

NHL Network's Kevin Weekes also discusses Maple Leafs, Cam Talbot

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye. 

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Pluses, minuses for Flyers, Rangers

Philadelphia's consistency, Henrik Lundqvist's goaltending highlight 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 and Philadelphia Flyers are two teams heading in opposite directions.

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Friday Four: Capitals' run similar to last season

NHL Network's Kevin Weekes also discusses Brent Burns, Michael Grabner, new Islanders coach

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

 

Washington Capitals

The Capitals are the hottest team in the NHL right now. They defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-3 on Thursday for their 10th win in 11 games. Washington has averaged almost five goals per game during that stretch (54 goals); the Capitals have also played well defensively, with four shutouts in that span.

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Pluses, minuses for Bruins, Red Wings

Boston, Detroit looking for consistency in 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.

In a game between two Original Six teams, it's fair to say that neither the Boston Bruins nor the Detroit Red Wings are playing as well as they'd like, or are where they'd like to be a little bit more than halfway through the season.

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