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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Bruins-Rangers

Marchand returns for surging Boston; New York struggling with Trade Deadline approaching

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: BOS@NYR

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: BOS@NYR

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

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The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are headed in opposite directions as they prepare to play at Madison Square Garden in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

The Bruins flew to New York after a 3-2 road victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Boston is 8-1-0 in its past nine games and 17-1-4 in its past 22. After a slow start, the Bruins have closed within three points of the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Bruins, Rangers

Goaltending matchup, return of Marchand among reasons to watch 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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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Flyers, Capitals

Ovechkin's offense, Philadelphia's top line among reasons to watch 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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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Flyers-Capitals

Ovechkin's scoring prowess, Couturier's breakout season highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wednesday Night Rivalry: PHI@WSH

Coors Light Wednesday Night Rivalry Preview: PHI@WSH

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

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals get back to work after the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend when they play at Capital One Arena in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

After a slow start, the Capitals are back on top of the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers have rebounded from an early-season 10-game losing streak (0-5-5) and hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference; they are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and three points out of second place in the division.

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Weekes on the Web

Pluses, minuses for Maple Leafs, Blackhawks

Toronto, Chicago each trying to end slumps

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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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Maple Leafs-Blackhawks

Toronto center Matthews, Kane's consistency for Chicago highlight Wednesday Night Rivalry storylines

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Neither the Toronto Maple Leafs nor the Chicago Blackhawks have been playing their best hockey heading into United Center for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

Though the Maple Leafs are comfortably in third place in the Atlantic Division, they are 1-2-3 in their past six games, including a 4-2 loss at home to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

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Weekes on the Web

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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Wednesday Night Rivalry

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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Wednesday Night Rivalry

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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