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Penguins riding high, chasing home-ice advantage

After rough start to season, Pittsburgh has won six straight, 12 of 13

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

No Evgeni Malkin. No Marc-Andre Fleury.

Yet here are the Pittsburgh Penguins playing their best hockey of the season, a team that changed coaches a few months ago suddenly within striking distance of home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Blues seek fifth straight shutout, Central Division

Brian Elliott, Jake Allen propelling St. Louis; Capitals seek Presidents' Trophy

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Allen's 32-save shutout

STL@WSH: Allen backstops Blues to franchise record

3/26/16: Jake Allen makes 32 saves in a 4-0 win, leading the Blues to their fourth consecutive shutout, a new franchise record

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Even without one of their top defensemen, the St. Louis Blues still aren't allowing any goals.

The Blues were missing Jay Bouwmeester on Saturday, but that didn't prevent them from their fourth straight shutout, a 4-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday.

St. Louis, which has won four in a row, hasn't allowed a goal in 240:18, a franchise record. Brian Elliott got the first three shutouts before Jake Allen was perfect in Washington.

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Stars prepare for key game with Blackhawks

Dallas without Seguin for Central clash; Detroit, Philadelphia jockey for position in East

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

If the Dallas Stars are going to win the Central Division, they'll have to do so without center Tyler Seguin.

The Stars will likely be without Seguin for the remainder of the regular season due to a 15 percent cut of his Achilles tendon in the final moments of a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Dallas, which defeated the New York Islanders 3-0 on Saturday, will try to keep the momentum going against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, CSN-CH, NHL.TV).

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Blues, Stars lead Central; East playoff race tightens

St. Louis, Dallas tied with 91 points; Philadelphia emerging as wild card contender

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The St. Louis Blues sent a message to the rest of the NHL last week, with four consecutive wins against some of the top opposition in the League.

Alex Pietrangelo's overtime goal against the Dallas Stars on Saturday gave the Blues their fourth straight victory. With 91 points, they matched the Stars for the most in the Central Division.

St. Louis will look to continue its winning ways when it visits the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday (9 p.m. ET; FS-MW, SNW, NHL.TV).

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Ducks, Lightning aim to stay red-hot

Each has franchise-record winning streak

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two months into the season, the Anaheim Ducks appeared to be in grave danger of missing the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Since Christmas, however, the Ducks are 25-4-2. And with their franchise-record 11th consecutive win Saturday, a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings, they are in first place in the Pacific Division and five points off the Western Conference lead.

Anaheim goes for win No. 12 when it hosts the NHL-leading Washington Capitals at Honda Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, CSN-DC, PRIME, FS-SD, NHL.TV).

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Panthers prove with moves they're in it to win it

Florida upgrades at forward, ready to make Stanley Cup Playoff run

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon believes they are on the verge of something special, and he wasn't about to let the NHL Trade Deadline come and go without making a splash.

With hopes of accelerating his rebuild and sending the Panthers on a long run in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tallon acquired forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on Saturday. He then traded a 2016 third-round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Teddy Purcell, and a 2016 sixth-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Jakub Kindl.

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Blues look to continue surge in standings

Jake Allen returns for St. Louis, which has won five straight

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Just when the St. Louis Blues get a key player back in the mix, they lose another.

On the same day goalie Jake Allen was activated off injured reserve, the Blues placed forward Alexander Steen on IR because of an upper-body injury sustained during a 6-4 victory at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Steen, whose 47 points are second on the Blues, will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

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New coach Torchetti hopes to turn around Wild

Makes debut Monday for Minnesota, which has lost eight straight

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Fletcher on Bringing in Torchetti

Chuck Fletcher on Bringing in Torchetti - 2/14/16

Chuck Fletcher spoke with the media about late season coaching changes and what John Torchetti brings to the table

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John Torchetti hasn't been behind an NHL bench since the 2010-11 season when he was an associate coach with the Atlanta Thrashers. 

But with the Minnesota Wild reeling (eight consecutive losses and one win in their past 14 games), Torchetti returns to the NHL on Monday when the Wild visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV).

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Ducks vs. Penguins a clash of surging teams

Anaheim, Pittsburgh face off in one of top NHL games this week

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The first half of the 2015-16 season didn't go as envisioned for the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins, but each appears to be back on track.

Anaheim (25-18-7) has won six in a row and has moved within a point of second place in the Pacific Division. Pittsburgh (26-18-7) is 6-2-2 in its past 10 games and rallied for an impressive 3-2 overtime win at the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

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Teams get back to work after All-Star break

Blues-Predators, Panthers-Capitals among key games to watch this week

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The sun has set on the 2016 NHL All-Star weekend. Now it's time for the Nashville Predators to get back to work.

The Predators open the second half of the season seeking their fifth straight win when they host the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

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