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TSN doubleheader tops night on ice

by Adam Schwartz
There are 7 games on the NHL docket Tuesday, highlighted by a TSN doubleheader. The Maple Leafs host the Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Predators at the Canucks at 10 p.m. ET.

In addition, the New York Islanders renew their rivalry with the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals face the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS), and the Phoenix Coyotes travel to Calgary to take on the Flames.

Later, the Anaheim Ducks visit the Los Angeles Kings and two division leaders square off when the Minnesota Wild visit the San Jose Sharks.

Here's what to watch:

* The Islanders, who are in last place in the Eastern Conference with just 7 points in 11 games, have blown 3-goal leads in their last 2 games. The Islanders, who have allowed 40 goals, the second-most in the division, have just 1 road victory this season.

* Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is tied for the League lead with 8 wins, has given up 3 or more goals in just 2 of 11 games he has played this season. Lundqvist, who has faced more than 35 shots just once this season, leads the Atlantic Division with a .928 save percentage.

* Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason, who has 5 assists in 11 games this season, is on pace to nearly double his previous career high of 19. Gleason, who was part of the package the Kings sent to Hurricanes for Jack Johnson in 2006, leads Southeast Division players with 34 hits. 

* Maple Leafs left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky, who plays on a line with Matt Stajan and Nik Antropov, has a minus-3 rating in his last 3 games. Ponikarovsky, who had 35 points in 66 games last season, has 9 points in 12 games this season.

* Washington left wing Alexander Ovechkin, who missed the last 2 games to be with his sick grandfather in Russia, has 10 goals and 19 points in 12 career games against the Senators. Ovechkin, who has just 2 goals in 8 games this season, is second on the team with 41 shots.

* Canucks center Ryan Kesler, who is tied for the team lead with 10 points, has just 1 point in his last 4 games. Kesler, who has never had more than 37 points in a season, is on pace for 68 points this season.

* Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, who is tied for second in the League among defensemen with 12 points, is averaging the second-most ice time among Predators with 24:24 per game. Weber, who is tied for the team lead with 26 hits, also leads the team with 38 shots.

* Flames defenseman Jim Vandermeer, who has a minus-5 rating, leads the team with 31 hits. Vandermeer, who averages 18:14 of ice time per game, has played at least 20 minutes in 3 of his last 4 games.

* Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer leads the Ducks with an average of 26:40 of ice time per game. Niedermayer has a career plus-184 rating, but he's just a plus-4 since the start of the 2006-07 season.

* Kings left wing Dustin Brown, who is tied for the team lead with 7 points, has been held pointless in his last 3 games. Brown, who has 10 assists and 16 points in 26 career games against the Ducks, had 2 assists in the first Kings-Ducks game this season, in which the Kings prevailed, 6-3. 

* Wild captain Mikko Koivu is tied for the Western Conference lead with 12 assists, but he hasn't had an assist in his last 3 games.

* The Sharks, who are in first place in the Western Conference with 20 points, have scored 14 more goals than they have given up, which is the best differential in the conference. San Jose, which has a perfect 6-0 home record, begins a 3-game homestand Tuesday night.

* Phoenix left wing Shane Doan, who is tied for the team lead with 10 points, is second on the team with 25 penalty minutes. Doan, who has 4 assists and 6 points in his last 3 games, has played at least 20 minutes in his last 5 games.

* Senators defenseman Filip Kuba, who is tied for the League lead among defensemen with 12 assists, has a League-high 8 power-play assists. Kuba, who is in his first season with Ottawa, has never had more than 25 assists in any of his 9 previous NHL seasons.

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