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      ***** National Hockey League Previews from The Sports Network *****
                              Tuesday, November 25
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 WINNIPEG JETS (10-9-3) AT COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (6-12-2), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of skidding teams will try to get on track
 Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Jets pay a visit to Ohio to battle the Columbus
 Blue Jackets.
 
 The Jets have lost four of their last five games and failed to hold off the
 St. Louis Blues in a 4-2 setback on Sunday. That gave Winnipeg a 1-2-0 mark on
 its completed homestand.
 
 Bryan Little and Jim Slater both scored go-ahead goals, but the Blues
 countered each time before taking the lead for good 2:25 into the third
 period.
 
 Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves and both game-tying goals for St. Louis came with
 Winnipeg shorthanded.
 
 Over their last four games, the Jets have yielded five power-play goals in 16
 short-handed situations.
 
 "We've played against some real top-tier power plays here the last little bit
 and obviously we've got to get better at it," said Slater. "The little things
 creeping into our game that we've got to take out and once we clear that up we
 should be good."
 
 Pavelec lost his fourth straight decision and tonight appears to be a good
 opportunity to give the netminder a breather. Winnipeg will visit Buffalo on
 Wednesday and Pavelec also has lost all five of his previous career meetings
 with the Blue Jackets while posting a 3.04 goals against average and .897 save
 percentage.
 
 Backup Michael Hutchinson, who has never faced Columbus, is 3-1-1 in six games
 (4 starts) this season with a 1.38 GAA and .948 save percentage.
 
 Columbus will be aiming to avoid a fourth straight loss tonight after getting
 topped 4-2 in Philadelphia on Saturday. Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored,
 while Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in defeat.
 
 The Blue Jackets yielded a goal just 2:37 into the game and trailed 2-1 after
 the first period and 3-1 following 40 minutes. They lost for the 12th time in
 14 games.
 
 "We didn't get going like we wanted to, like we can," said Jenner. "Not
 everyone was going and it wasn't a good enough effort as a group."
 
 The good news for the Blue Jackets is that they have won seven of their last
 eight meetings with the Jets franchise and are 5-3-0 all-time at home in this
 series.
 
 Bobrovsky is 1-2-1 lifetime versus the Winnipeg franchise with a 4.10 GAA and
 .877 save percentage, however.
 
 OTTAWA SENATORS (9-7-4) AT ST. LOUIS BLUES (14-6-1), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues got their recent road trip on track
 by beating the Ottawa Senators over the weekend.
 
 The Senators hope to return the favor on Tuesday night as they visit the Blues
 and Scottrade Center.
 
 Ottawa opened up a five-game road trip on Monday night with a 4-3 setback to
 the Detroit Red Wings. Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson both scored and had an
 assist, while Mike Hoffman added a goal late.
 
 Craig Anderson allowed all four goals -- three in the second period -- on 43
 shots in the loss, the Senators' sixth in eight games.
 
 "We didn't play hard enough for two periods," Karlsson said. "We really can't
 let games slip away from us early."
 
 Karlsson has scored in back-to-back games as he also lit the lamp in
 Saturday's 3-2 setback to the visiting Blues. Mika Zibanejad tallied in the
 loss as well, while Robin Lehner made 30 saves.
 
 Brian Elliott made 24 saves and Alex Steen, Max Lapierre and Vladimir
 Tarasenko scored for the Blues, who had lost both meetings with the Senators a
 a season ago.
 
 The win over the Senators snapped a two-game slide for the Blues, who opened a
 four-game road trip with setbacks in Boston in Montreal. They then followed up
 the win over the Sens with Sunday's 4-2 decision over the Winnipeg Jets.
 
 Jake Allen made 28 saves, while Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves netted the
 eventual game-winning goal 2:25 into the third period. Jaden Schwartz and
 David Backes added power-play goals in the second period, each time erasing a
 one-goal lead held by Winnipeg.
 
 "Two huge wins after two tough losses at the start of the trip. To be able to
 get back on a winning note heading home was crucial for us," said Allen.
 
 St. Louis won for the 12th time in 15 games despite playing without defenseman
 Jay Bouwmeester due to a lower-body injury he suffered in the game against
 Ottawa. The ailment ended his consecutive games played streak at 737, which
 was the fifth longest in NHL history.
 
 Elliott is likely to start tonight for the Blues and the former Sens netminder
 is 2-0-1 with a 1.96 goals against average and .931 save percentage versus his
 old club.
 
 Lehner could draw another start versus the Blues and is 2-1-0 with a 2.86 GAA
 and .922 save percentage against them.
 
 Ottawa has won three of its past four in St. Louis.
 
 LOS ANGELES KINGS (11-6-4) AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS (13-5-2), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings failed in a comeback bid to secure
 just their second victory on the road this season. They'll get another crack
 at a road win on Tuesday night as they visit the Nashville Predators.
 
 The Kings opened up a three-game road trip with a 5-4 loss in Dallas. They
 trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-0 just 3:57 into the middle frame
 before making a game out of it thanks to a pair of goals by Justin Williams
 and one each from Tanner Pearson and Mike Richards.
 
 Still, Los Angeles fell to 1-4-3 on the road this season and had a three-game
 winning streak snapped.
 
 Kyle Clifford and Jarret Stoll had two assists each and Jonathan Quick was
 charged with all five goals on 23 shots in a rare poor outing.
 
 "They buried their chances in the first then got some big goals later," said
 Stoll. "We battled, and that's always a good thing, but we just couldn't get
 that last one."
 
 Los Angeles will wrap its swing on Wednesday in Minnesota, so Quick and backup
 Martin Jones could split the starts. Quick is 2-6-2 with a 2.76 goals against
 average and .888 save percentage in his career versus the Predators, while
 Jones has never faced them.
 
 The Predators will be a tough challenge on their home ice, where they are
 7-1-1 this season. Nashville has won all three of its games on home ice this
 month, though it nearly blew a chance at two points in Saturday's 3-2 shootout
 decision over the Florida Panthers.
 
 Pekka Rinne and the Preds were less than a minute away from a shutout, but the
 Panthers scored twice in the final 43 seconds of the third period.
 
 Filip Forsberg, though, bailed his club out and secured a sixth victory in
 eight games by netting the lone goal of the shootout.
 
 "I was excited to have the shutout going and I wanted to hang on to that,"
 said Rinne, who ended with 28 saves. "They got those two quick, though, and I
 haven't seen that too often. Glad I was able to hold on and help us get the
 two points."
 
 Colin Wilson and Matt Cullen both scored in Nashville's opener of a four-game
 homestand.
 
 Rinne is 7-6-1 with a 2.72 GAA and .897 save percentage in his career versus
 the Kings.
 
 The Preds split two meetings in Nashville with the Kings last season and have
 won four of the past six encounters overall.
 
 EDMONTON OILERS (6-13-2) AT DALLAS STARS (8-9-4), 8:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers made a coaching change ahead of
 Tuesday night's matchup with the Dallas Stars, though it probably wasn't the
 one that fans have been calling for.
 
 Following a winless homestand, the Oilers try to snap a season-high six-game
 slide as they take on a Stars club that is aiming to stay on track on home
 ice.
 
 The Oilers are 0-5-1 in their past six games and failed to record a victory
 over a recent five-game stay at home, capping the residency with a 7-1 setback
 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
 
 David Perron scored the only goal of the game for the Oilers, while Ben
 Scrivens was tagged for five goals on 13 shots in a little over one period of
 work. Viktor Fasth made 15 saves on 17 shots faced in relief.
 
 Players and fans are obviously frustrated by the club's performance thus far,
 with the Oilers 6-13-2 on the season, but Perron deflected the blame off head
 coach Dallas Eakins.
 
 "It would be so unfair for our coach to get the blame for this," said Perron.
 "When we do well he gets none of the credit for it, but when we play like this
 people want to try and say it's his fault. That's not the case at all."
 
 Still, Edmonton is in danger of losing seven in a row for the first time since
 an 11-game skid from March 8-31, 2011 and it did address its coaching staff on
 Monday by relieving goaltending coach Fred Chabot of his duties. He was
 replaced by Dustin Schwartz.
 
 "It's a terrible day," said Scrivens on Monday. "Vik and I, we've chatted and
 we both feel terribly about what's happened. Neither of us will come out here
 and say that we're pleased with our performances so far this season. As an
 individual, I've got to elevate my game and I thought I was working hard to do
 that and still feel I'm on the right path but it's unfortunate.
 
 "I take it personally that Freddy ... I guess, took responsibility for the
 work that Vik and I had done. The consequences basically ended up with him and
 whether that's fair or not, it something that happened. For Vik and I, we have
 to keep working hard and stop more pucks."
 
 Scrivens is 4-9-1 on the season with a 3.35 goals against average and .887
 save percentage, while Fasth is 2-4-1 with a 3.37 GAA and .890 save
 percentage.
 
 It is unknown who will make the start tonight. Fasth is 2-1-0 with a 1.65 GAA
 and .932 save percentage in four games (3 starts) versus the Stars, while
 Scrivens gave up three goals on 32 shots in a loss the only time he faced
 Stars.
 
 While the Oilers continue to struggle, the Stars have managed to win two
 straight at home for the first time this season. They improved to 3-5-4 as the
 host with Saturday's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
 
 Jamie Benn led the way with two goals and one assist, while Kari Lehtonen made
 37 saves as the Stars nearly blew a four-goal lead. However, they held on to
 win for just the fourth time in 14 games.
 
 Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg added a goal and an assist, while defenseman
 Jason Demers, recently acquired from San Jose for fellow blueliner Brenden
 Dillon, scored in his Dallas debut.
 
 "We're really confident here lately," said Seguin, who leads the NHL with 15
 goals. "There's been games there where we were down in the third and we didn't
 get it done, but we've come back a few times now and we're really building
 some momentum."
 
 Dallas plays the fourth of a five-game homestand tonight and Lehtonen is
 likely to draw the start. He is 11-3-1 in his career versus the Oilers with a
 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage.
 
 Stars forward Ryan Garbutt practiced on Monday and is in line to return to
 action tonight after missing three straight games with an upper-body injury.
 
 The Stars have won six of their past eight at home versus the Oilers and 13 of
 the previous 16 encounters overall.
 
 COLORADO AVALANCHE (7-9-5) AT ARIZONA COYOTES (9-11-2), 9 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to continue their recent
 surge when they visit the Arizona Coyotes in Tuesday's battle at Gila River
 Arena.
 
 Colorado has a disappointing 7-9-5 record this season, but has won three of
 its last four games.
 
 The Avalanche began the recent 3-1-0 stretch with their first set of
 consecutive victories before dropping Thursday's game against Washington.
 However, Patrick Roy's club was back in the win column on Saturday, picking up
 a 4-3 home victory against Carolina.
 
 Colorado rallied for the regulation win over the Hurricanes. The Avs were down
 3-1 after 20 minutes of play, but Erik Johnson tallied in the second period
 and Jarome Iginla and Zach Redmond added scores in the third to help Colorado
 complete the comeback.
 
 Redmond's second goal of the game came with 1:35 to play, giving Colorado its
 one and only lead of the contest. Iginla recorded the primary assist on
 Redmond's game-winner to record his third multi-point game of the season.
 
 "He fed me a perfect pass," Redmond said of Iginla. "It's a win and a big two
 points."
 
 Nathan MacKinnon dished out three assists for the Avs and Gabriel Landeskog
 added a pair of helpers.
 
 Colorado netminder Reto Berra was pulled less than 17 minutes into the start
 after giving up three goals on 10 shots. Calvin Pickard turned aside all 17
 shots he faced in relief to pick up the first win of his career.
 
 With No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov still sidelined due to a groin injury,
 Berra is expected to get another start tonight. He has only faced the Coyotes
 once, surrendering six goals on 30 shots in a 6-0 loss on Jan. 7 of last
 season for Calgary.
 
 Colorado has taken three of four from the Coyotes and has won two straight in
 the desert. The Avs are just 3-5-3 as the visiting team this season.
 
 Arizona is playing the first of two straight on home ice tonight and will try
 to build some momentum after losing three times in the last four games.
 
 The Coyotes went 1-2-0 on a recent three-game road trip and ended the swing
 with Sunday's 2-1 loss in Anaheim. Patrick Maroon netted the eventual game-
 winning goal for the Ducks late in the second period and Anaheim held off
 Arizona in the third period.
 
 Keith Yandle lit the lamp in the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but
 Arizona couldn't produce the equalizer despite outshooting the Ducks 17-5 in
 the final 20 minutes. Mike Smith made 28 saves for the Coyotes, who were
 coming off Saturday's 4-3 shootout win in San Jose.
 
 "It's one of those things that you can't place blame on fatigue," Yandle said.
 "I think it was more mental than anything. It was us not making the right
 plays."
 
 Smith expects to start for the Coyotes tonight and he boasts an 8-1-3 record
 and a 1.85 goals against average in 12 career games -- nine starts -- against
 Colorado.
 
 Arizona will try to halt a three-game home losing streak tonight. The Coyotes,
 who also welcome Calgary on Saturday, are 4-4-1 at home this season.
 
 Forward Martin Hanzal has missed the last four games for Arizona with a lower-
 body injury and is questionable for tonight.
 
 NEW JERSEY DEVILS (9-9-3) AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS (14-6-1), 10 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - Cory Schneider had to fight for playing time when he was
 a member of the Vancouver Canucks, but the goaltender is the clear-cut No. 1
 option for the New Jersey Devils.
 
 Schneider will face his old team for the third time when his Devils visit the
 Canucks on Tuesday in the finale of a four-game road trip.
 
 Roberto Luongo and Schneider once battled for playing time during their days
 suiting up for the Canucks, but neither netminder is with Vancouver any
 longer. Luongo has moved on to become the No. 1 goalie for Florida, while
 Schneider has become a workhorse for the Devils.
 
 Before finally getting a rest the last time out, Schneider had started each of
 New Jersey's first 20 games, something even the great Martin Brodeur did not
 accomplish during his long tenure with the Devils. But after the Devils fell
 in a 5-4 shootout decision against the Flames on Saturday, the 28-year-old
 will be back between the pipes tonight.
 
 Schneider posted a shutout -- his second of the season -- in Friday's 2-0 win
 at Edmonton. After Schneider's 29-save performance, the Devils watched backup
 Scott Clemmensen allow four goals on 37 shots through regulation and overtime
 in Saturday's loss in Calgary.
 
 Clemmensen then allowed two goals in the shootout phase, as the Devils lost
 for the third time in four games and fell to 6-6-1 as the road team this
 season.
 
 New Jersey should have escaped Calgary with a regulation win as it held leads
 of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before allowing the Flames to send the game to an extra
 session. The Flames scored two goals with their goalie pulled late in
 regulation, with Curtis Glencross tying the game with five ticks left in the
 third period.
 
 Adam Henrique notched a goal and an assist in the loss, while Mike Cammalleri
 scored in his return to Calgary. Cammalleri, who also had a goal in the
 shootout, played the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Flames before signing as a
 free agent in July.
 
 "I think it was a real entertaining game," said Cammalleri. "I had a lot of
 fun playing it."
 
 Schneider, who was traded to New Jersey prior to the 2013-14 season, is 0-0-2
 with a 2.36 goals against average in his first two encounters against the
 Canucks. He lost in a 3-2 OT decision in his return to Vancouver on Oct. 8 of
 last season and dropped a 3-2 shootout contest versus the Canucks later that
 month in New Jersey.
 
 The Canucks, who are 14-6-1 this season, have dominated the Devils in recent
 years, taking five straight and 10 of the last 12 encounters. They also have
 won five of their last six home tests against New Jersey and are 15-3-1 with a
 tie in the past 20 meetings in British Columbia.
 
 Vancouver boasts a 4-1-1 record over its last six games and has split the
 first two tests of a three-game homestand that ends tonight.
 
 Willie Desjardins' club began this residency with Thursday's shootout loss to
 Anaheim, but rebounded Sunday with a 4-1 triumph over Chicago.
 
 Jannik Hansen notched his first career hat trick to lift the Canucks, who
 broke a 1-1 tie with three unanswered goals in the third period. Hansen's
 second goal proved to be the game-winner and he later completed the hat trick
 with an empty-net marker. The Danish winger has eight goals in 21 games in
 2014-15 after scoring 11 times in 71 tilts last season/
 
 "We want to get back to the playoffs," said Hansen. "If I can contribute,
 that's what matters."
 
 Bo Horvat tallied the first three assists of his young NHL career and Derek
 Dorsett supplied two helpers for the Canucks. Ryan Miller stopped 24-of-25
 shots fired his way in the win.
 
 Miller is expected to start tonight for Vancouver. The veteran is 12-11-5 with
 a 2.16 GAA in 28 career games (27 starts) against the Devils.
 
 The Canucks could get forward Alexandre Burrows back tonight after missed the
 last two games due to an upper-body injury. However, defenseman Dan Hamhuis is
 expected to miss a second straight tilt due to a lower-body issue.
 
 CALGARY FLAMES (13-7-2) AT ANAHEIM DUCKS (13-4-5), 10 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will aim for a third straight victory
 and also a measure of revenge when they host the surprising Calgary Flames in
 Tuesday's Pacific Division showdown at Honda Center.
 
 The Ducks have won two straight on the heels of a two-game losing streak, a
 skid which featured last Tuesday's shootout loss in Calgary.
 
 The Flames notched a 4-3 win against visiting Anaheim last week, with Sean
 Monahan providing the decisive goal of the shootout. Jonas Hiller, who had
 spent the first seven NHL seasons with Anaheim before signing with Calgary
 last summer, picked up the win in his first encounter with his old team.
 
 Hiller made 24 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped Jakob
 Silfverberg and Corey Perry in the shootout.
 
 Calgary has won two of the last three meetings with the Ducks, but Anaheim
 has dominated the Flames on home ice, winning 18 straight encounters in Orange
 County. The last time the Flames beat the Ducks on the road was on Jan. 19,
 2004.
 
 The Ducks are currently leading the Pacific with 31 points, two more than
 second-place Vancouver and three ahead of Calgary.
 
 Anaheim is 2-0 since last week's loss to the Flames, picking up Thursday's
 road victory over Vancouver before beginning a three-game homestand with
 Sunday's close win against Arizona.
 
 The Ducks scored both of their goals on Sunday in the second period and held
 on for the win in the third. Arizona's Keith Yandle made it a one-goal game
 less than nine minutes into the final stanza, but the Coyotes couldn't even
 the score despite outshooting the Ducks 17-5 in the third.
 
 Patrick Maroon netted the eventual game-winning goal late in the second
 period, while Kyle Palmieri recorded the other marker. Ryan Kesler supplied
 two assists and Maroon also added a helper for the Ducks, while Frederik
 Andersen turned aside 26 shots in the win.
 
 "I haven't been playing well lately. Tonight is a stepping stone for me," said
 Maroon, who recorded his first goal of the season.
 
 Andersen stopped only 16-of-19 shots in last week's loss to the Flames and is
 1-0-1 with a lifetime 3.13 goals against average in this matchup. Anaheim
 backup Jason LaBarbera is 2-5-0 with a 3.08 GAA in his career against Calgary.
 
 The Ducks, who are 6-2-3 as the host this season, will complete their
 homestand Friday against Chicago.
 
 Calgary, which finished 14 points out of a playoff spot last season, is one of
 the league's most surprising clubs in 2014-15 and has picked up wins in eight
 of its last 11 games.
 
 The Flames went 4-1-0 on a recent five-game homestand. The lone loss came
 against Chicago last Thursday, two days after Calgary beat the Ducks. However,
 Bob Hartley's club was able to return to the win column on Saturday, rallying
 for a shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.
 
 Calgary trailed the Devils by scores of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before sending the
 game to an extra session. The Flames scored two goals with their goalie pulled
 late in regulation to knot the game at 4-4 before winning in the shootout.
 
 Jiri Hudler scored with 2:22 remaining to pull the Flames within one and
 Curtis Glencross tied it with just five seconds to play in regulation. After
 the overtime period could not solve things and each team scored once in the
 first three rounds of the shootout, Hudler snapped a wrister past Scott
 Clemmensen and Travis Zajac's response glanced off the glove of Karri Ramo to
 end it.
 
 Ramo finished with 25 saves for the Flames. Glencross netted two goals and
 Josh Jooris also scored in the victory.
 
 "I don't know how they do it, but we found a way again," said Hartley, whose
 club now has a league-high five wins when trailing after two periods. "We're
 not making it easy, but we're making it interesting."
 
 Calgary hopes to stay hot tonight when it begins a three-game road trip. The
 Flames are 7-4-0 as the visiting team this season and will also face San Jose
 and Arizona during this swing.
 
 Hiller is expected to get the start tonight in his second career appearance
 against his former club.
 
 
 
 
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