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      ***** National Hockey League Previews from The Sports Network *****
                              Tuesday, October 21
                              (All times Eastern)
 ( - The Boston Bruins will aim for their third win in four
 games when they welcome Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks for Tuesday's
 battle at TD Garden.
 The Bruins began the season with an 1-3-0 mark, but the reigning Presidents'
 Trophy winners responded by going 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip.
 Boston won by more than one goal for the first time this season its last time
 out, slamming the Buffalo Sabres by a 4-0 count on Saturday. Niklas Svedberg
 stopped all 32 shots he faced and four different Bruins scored en route to the
 lopsided win over the lowly Sabres.
 It was the first career shutout for Svedberg, who improved to 2-1-0 in his NHL
 Dougie Hamilton, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg provided offense
 for the Bruins, who were coming off Thursday's 6-4 setback in Montreal.
 "We always build our offense from our strong defense," said Chara. "That was
 the key for tonight."
 Tuukka Rask could be back between the pipes tonight. The Bruins No. 1
 goaltender is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals against average in two career games
 against San Jose.
 Kevan Miller will miss tonight's game with a dislocated shoulder suffered
 Saturday in a fight with Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers. The Bruins defenseman
 has no points in six games this season and was averaging 14 minutes, 35 second
 of ice time per game. Matt Bartkowski expects to take Miller's spot in the
 lineup tonight. As of yet, there is no timetable for Miller's return.
 While Boston tries to improve its record after a slow start, the Sharks are in
 the opposite situation. San Jose opened the season 3-0 before dropping two of
 its next three contests, including a shutout loss in its last trip to the ice.
 The Sharks fell to 2-1-1 on a five-game road trip after dropping a 4-0
 decision Sunday against the New York Rangers. San Jose fired 33 shots on net,
 but were unable to get one past Henrik Lundqvist.
 Alex Stalock allowed all four scores on 29 shots for the Sharks, who went 0-
 for-3 on the power play.
 "We didn't work hard enough," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't
 compete in areas we need to compete in."
 Antti Niemi expects to start in net tonight and the Finnish backstop boasts a
 5-2-0 record and a 1.70 GAA in seven career tilts against Boston.
 Tonight's test marks Thornton's 10th meeting against his former team. Boston
 selected "Jumbo Joe" first overall at the 1997 draft before dealing him to the
 Sharks during the 2005-06 season. He has compiled two goals and three assists
 in nine games versus the B's.
 Boston has won the last two encounters against the Sharks, but the clubs each
 have four wins over the past eight meetings. San Jose had won four in a row on
 the road in this series before the Bruins recorded a 2-1 victory at TD Garden
 on Oct. 24 of last season.
 ( - The New Jersey Devils hope to get back on track Tuesday
 when they welcome the rival New York Rangers for a Metropolitan Division
 battle at Prudential Center.
 The Devils began the season 3-0 before losing their next two games by a
 combined margin of 10-4.
 New Jersey won three straight on the road to kick off 2014-15, but ended its
 season-opening trip with Thursday's 6-2 loss in Washington. On Saturday, the
 Devils dropped a 4-2 decision in their home opener against the San Jose
 The Devils found themselves trailing the Sharks 3-0 in the early stages of the
 third period before cutting the deficit to 3-2 with just under eight minutes
 remaining in regulation. New Jersey, however, was unable to notch the tying
 goal before Joe Thornton sealed the San Jose victory with an empty-netter with
 1:14 remaining.
 Cory Schneider started in net for the Devils, marking the first time a
 goaltender other than Martin Brodeur started a home opener for the club since
 1993. Brodeur was not re-signed by New Jersey over the summer and is still on
 the unemployment line.
 Schneider finished with 29 saves on 32 shots in Saturday's setback, while Mike
 Cammalleri and Adam Henrique scored in the loss. Cammalleri has five goals and
 two assists on the season, his first with the Devils after joining the club on
 a five-year, $25 million deal in the offseason.
 "I thought we had some good looks, but in the end we didn't get it done," said
 Devils winger Martin Havlat is questionable for Tuesday's tilt after sitting
 out Saturday with facial lacerations. Havlat sustained the cuts in last week's
 game in Washington when Capitals forward Jason Chimera shoved him into referee
 Darcy Burchell.
 The Rangers hope to pick up where they left off against the Devils last season
 when the clubs renew hostilities tonight. New Jersey won the first three
 meetings against the Rangers in 2013-14, but the Blueshirts posted a 7-3 win
 in an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26 before handing the Devils a
 2-0 setback at Prudential Center on March 22.
 New York also hopes to win its third consecutive game on Tuesday after
 following a three-game slide with recent wins against Carolina and San Jose.
 The Sharks visited the Rangers a day after beating the Devils, but New York
 routed San Jose by a 4-0 count on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to
 post his first shutout of the young season, and New York ripped home three
 goals in just over six minutes late in the second period to down the Sharks at
 Madison Square Garden.
 Lundqvist expects to start tonight and is 30-14-6 with a 1.87 goals against
 average and .932 save percentage against the Devils. Schneider is 1-1-0 with a
 .86 GAA and .968 save percentage in his three lifetime appearances versus the
 Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash combined to tally four seconds apart late in
 the middle stanza for the Rangers. Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes also lit the
 lamp, with Dominic Moore adding a pair of assists. Hayes, a rookie out of
 Boston College, notched his first NHL goal.
 "It felt like our best complete effort," said Nash. "We got some bounces, but
 it seemed like a strong effort for the full 60 (minutes)."
 Nash is off to a red-hot start for the Rangers and is leading the NHL with
 seven goals.
 New York could be without Dan Girardi, who is questionable for Tuesday's test
 due to a cut on his leg. The Rangers defenseman sustained the laceration while
 blocking a shot in Sunday's win. Girardi will likely be replaced in the lineup
 by Michael Kostka if he can't go tonight.
 Girardi's fellow defenseman Kevin Klein expects to play Tuesday despite
 getting hit in the jaw with a shot in the closing second of Sunday's tilt. He
 suffered a cut which required stitches, but Klein was able to practice Monday.
 ( - The New York Islanders will try to get back in the win
 column on Tuesday when they welcome the inconsistent Toronto Maple Leafs in a
 battle at Nassau Coliseum.
 The Islanders matched their best start to a season in franchise history with a
 4-0 mark, but were dealt their first loss in Saturday's road game against the
 Pittsburgh Penguins.
 New York scored the first goal on Saturday, but still dropped a 3-1 decision
 to the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin tied the score late in the second period and
 Patric Hornqvist tallied twice to arrive at the final margin.
 Thomas Hickey scored the lone goal for the Islanders and Jaroslav Halak
 allowed two goals on 37 shots in defeat. New York failed to score on all seven
 of its power-play chances in the loss, while the Penguins scored twice on four
 power plays.
 "We had opportunities too and we didn't capitalize," Islanders head coach Jack
 Capuano said. "They did and that's the difference in the game."
 Halak expects to start again in net and is 7-2-3 with a 2.79 goals against
 average in 13 career games against Toronto.
 The Isles played Saturday without former Maple Leafs forward Mikhail
 Grabovski, who has been diagnosed with a concussion. The Russian veteran
 suffered the head injury Thursday against San Jose and is out indefinitely.
 The Maple Leafs have been up-and-down so far this season and hope to end a
 two-game slide tonight, Toronto lost two straight in regulation to begin
 2014-15 and then won two in a row before getting swept in a home-and-home
 series against Detroit.
 Toronto lost 4-1 in Friday's home test against the Red Wings and dropped a 1-0
 overtime decision in Saturday's rematch. Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-
 winning goal with 10 seconds left in overtime to give Detroit the home
 Zetterberg, who had four assists in the previous night's meeting, took a crisp
 cross-ice pass from Niklas Kronwall in the slot and slapped a shot off the
 right post past Jonathan Bernier to give Detroit its second win over Toronto
 in as many nights.
 Bernier made 31 stops for the Maple Leafs, who lost their fourth straight game
 against the Red Wings.
 "I thought he made some outstanding saves when we made mistakes," Toronto head
 coach Randy Carlyle said. "(Bernier) stood tall."
 Bernier is 1-1-1 with a 3.65 GAA in three career games against the Isles,
 while backup James Reimer is 4-2-1 with a 3.42 GAA in this matchup.
 New York went 2-1-0 against the Leafs last season, winning the final two
 meetings of 2013-14. The Isles have claimed five of seven in the series
 overall, but Toronto has three wins in the past four meetings at the Coliseum.
 In other news for Toronto, rookie forward Brandon Kozun will be sidelined a
 minimum of six weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Friday's game
 against Detroit. The 24-year-old has one assist through five games this
 ( - The Detroit Red Wings will face yet another Original Six
 rival, as they shoot for a third straight win in Tuesday's road test against
 the Montreal Canadiens.
 Four of Detroit's five games this season have been against fellow Original Six
 clubs, with a loss on Oct. 11 against the Anaheim Ducks standing as the lone
 After sweeping a home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs this
 weekend, the Red Wings improved to 3-1-1 on the season. Detroit boasts a 3-0-1
 mark against the original NHL franchises, and the club could have Pavel
 Datsyuk in the lineup tonight to help chase another win in Montreal.
 Datsyuk has been sidelined since suffering a separated shoulder in an
 exhibition game on Sept. 22, but he could make his season debut on Tuesday.
 Last season, Datsyuk posted 17 goals and 20 assists despite playing in only 45
 games due to various injuries.
 The Russian star is questionable for tonight's tilt and fellow Red Wings
 forward Johan Franzen also could return Tuesday after sitting out the last
 game with a lower-body injury.
 Henrik Zetterberg played a big role in the two-game sweep of the Maple Leafs.
 The Swedish star posted four assists in Friday's 4-1 triumph in Toronto and
 recorded the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left in overtime to lead his
 club to a 1-0 decision in the rematch.
 Zetterberg took a crisp cross-ice pass from Niklas Kronwall in the slot and
 slapped a shot off the right post past Jonathan Bernier to record the only
 goal in Saturday's game at Joe Louis Arena.
 "It was a hard-fought game for both teams," said Zetterberg. "Goaltending was
 really good on both sides."
 Jonas Gustavsson posted a 30-save shutout in his first start of the season in
 place of starter Jimmy Howard, who was unavailable due to a sore groin. Peter
 Mrazek served as the backup on Saturday, but Howard expects to return to the
 starting role tonight with Gustavsson behind him. Mrazek was reassigned to
 Grand Rapids of the AHL on Monday.
 The Canadiens also will shoot for a third straight victory tonight after
 downing Boston and Colorado in their most recent outings. Montreal is 5-1-0
 this season after making a surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals last
 Montreal recorded a 3-2 win over the visiting Avalanche on Saturday, as
 P.K. Subban scored twice and Carey Price stood tall with 32 saves. The Habs,
 who also received a goal from Alex Galchenyuk, improved to 2-0 at the Bell
 Centre this season.
 The Canadiens scored all three of their goals Saturday in the second period.
 Subban tied the game with a power-play tally at the 4:13 mark before
 Galchenyuk scored to make it 2-1 around the midway point of the stanza.
 Subban's third marker of the season came with just over two minutes left in
 the period and would stand as the eventual game-winner.
 Montreal won the final two games against the Red Wings in 2013-14 to earn a
 split in the season series. The Canadiens have taken three of the last five
 encounters overall and two of the past three meetings at the Bell Centre.
 ( - The Arizona Coyotes failed an early-season test against
 one of the Western Conference's best clubs the last time out, and they hope to
 fare better on Tuesday when they play their first road game of the campaign in
 The Coyotes had won two in a row following a season-opening loss against
 Winnipeg, but had their brief winning streak snapped with a resounding 6-1
 loss Saturday against St. Louis. The blowout defeat dropped Arizona's record
 on its season-opening four-game homestand to 2-2-0.
 Nashville, meanwhile, has yet to lose in regulation this season (3-0-2) and
 boasts a 2-0-1 mark on home ice. The Predators also have claimed two straight
 and three of their last four home tests against the Coyotes.
 The Coyotes trailed 1-0 after one period against the Blues and were down 4-0
 in the first minute of the third after Jaden Schwartz's second goal of the
 contest. Schwartz eventually completed the hat trick, scoring a power-play
 goal with just three seconds remaining.
 Meanwhile, Lauri Korpikoski scored Arizona's lone goal and Mike Smith allowed
 all six goals on 36 shots.
 After his team won its previous game 7-4 against Edmonton, Arizona head coach
 Dave Tippett called out his team for its sloppy play. The message didn't seem
 to take as the Coyotes were burned time and again by the Blues.
 "It was a test against a really good team and we didn't fare very well,"
 Tippett said after the lopsided loss.
 Martin Hanzal suffered a lower-body injury against the Blues and is
 questionable for tonight's contest. Hanzal has a goal and two assists this
 The Predators have lost two of their last three games, but have gained a point
 in five straight to begin the season under new head coach Peter Laviolette.
 Nashville recently went 1-0-1 on a two-game road trip, shutting out Winnipeg
 2-0 on Friday before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision the next night against
 Jonathan Toews' short-handed tally with 1:34 remaining in overtime sent the
 Blackhawks past Nashville by a 2-1 count at United Center.
 The game appeared to be tipped in the visitors' favor when Patrick Sharp was
 whistled for a tripping infraction 1:50 into the extra session. However,
 Chicago's captain won the contest by deflecting the puck away from a Nashville
 defenseman at the point, racing up the left wing and beating Carter Hutton
 with a low shot through the pads.
 Shea Weber provided the sole offense for the Predators, while Hutton took the
 loss despite turning away 35 pucks.
 "It wasn't our best early on, but we stuck to it," Laviolette said. "I thought
 in the third period, our guys tried to get it done."
 Nashville kicks off a three-game homestand tonight. The residency will
 continue Thursday with a rematch against Chicago before closing Saturday
 against Pittsburgh.
 Pekka Rinne expects to start in net tonight and Nashville's No. 1 netminder is
 10-6-1 with a 2.07 goals against average in 18 career games against the
 Smith is 3-4-1 with a 2.79 GAA in eight career tilts versus the Predators.
 ( - The Carolina Hurricanes are finally starting to get
 healthy and hope that can lead them to their first victory of the season on
 Tuesday night as they visit the Winnipeg Jets.
 The Hurricanes are winless through their first four games of the season and
 have posted back-to-back shootout losses following a pair of setbacks to the
 New York Islanders to open the schedule.
 Carolina has not gone five straight games without a win to open the season
 since 2003-04, when the club posted two losses and three ties. The 1987-88
 Hartford Whalers marked the last time the franchise opened a season 0-5.
 Carolina, though, is expected to have forward Jeff Skinner in the lineup for
 the first time this season as he returns from a concussion suffered on Oct. 5
 in the preseason finale.
 The 2011 Calder Trophy winner collected a career-high 33 goals along with 54
 points in 71 games last year, his fourth in the NHL.
 "I feel good. It's been nice for me to have a few practices under my belt.
 We've had a couple real good days out here, and that's been good for my
 confidence," Skinner said on Carolina's website. "I'm ready to get going"
 Defenseman Andrej Sekera (upper body) and John-Michael Liles (undisclosed)
 could also return to the ice tonight, while forward Eric Staal, who has missed
 the past two with an upper-body injury, is expected to travel with Carolina
 for the rest of its road trip.
 The Hurricanes began a five-game swing with a 2-1 shootout loss to the New
 York Rangers last Thursday and play their next four in Western Canada.
 Forward Chris Terry has stepped up for the shorthanded Hurricanes, scoring
 three goals in four games. He had the lone tally versus the Rangers, while
 Anton Khudobin made 33 saves.
 "The effort was good," said Hurricanes first-year head coach Bill Peters.
 "These guys work and compete. Can't question that."
 Khudobin lost his only career start versus the Jets, but gave up only two
 goals on 27 shots faced. Cam Ward is 22-11-4 with a 2.96 goals against average
 and .902 save percentage versus the Jets and it is unknown which goaltender
 will start tonight.
 The Jets come in having lost four straight in regulation since a season-
 opening 6-2 win at Arizona. They have scored just two goals over the losing
 streak while giving up 13.
 Winnipeg saw Calgary score three times in the second period on Sunday en route
 to a 4-1 setback. Mark Scheifele had the goal and Ondrej Pavelec made 25
 "In that second period you have to find that confidence to stay up and stay
 aggressive," Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said.
 Maurice will face the Hurricanes for the first time since his second stint as
 the club's head coach came to an end on Nov. 28, 2011. He first joined the
 franchise as head coach of the Whalers in 1995-96 before getting fired midway
 through the 2003-04 campaign, and was again hired as the club's head coach on
 Dec. 2, 2008.
 Winnipeg will play the third contest of a five-game homestand hoping to avoid
 losing five straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 2-11.
 Pavelec is 7-7-2 with a 3.47 GAA and .890 save percentage in 17 previous
 starts versus the Hurricanes.
 The Jets have won five of the last seven meetings between these two clubs,
 though the 'Canes have taken a victory in three of their last four trips to
 ( - The Philadelphia Flyers look to build off their first
 victory of the season on Tuesday night as they visit the streaking Chicago
 The Flyers opened the campaign 0-2-2 before picking up a 6-5 victory against
 Dallas in overtime on Saturday. Claude Giroux had the winner on a power-play
 tally with 2:11 left on the clock.
 Jakub Voracek posted a goal and two assists, while Michael Raffl netted the
 game-tying goal with 3:53 left in regulation for a Philadelphia club that was
 coming off back-to-back shootout losses.
 Steve Mason started the game in net, but was pulled after giving up four goals
 on 18 shots in two periods. Ray Emery gave up a goal on five shots in relief
 as the Flyers came back from deficits of 1-0, 4-2 and 5-4.
 "It's a good character win because the team battled back for a lot of deficits
 in the game," said Philadelphia coach Craig Berube. "This win will give our
 team some confidence, that's for sure."
 Voracek is skating with confidence as he has a point in each of the Flyers'
 first five games. He has two goals and five assists over that span, becoming
 the first Philadelphia skater since Chris Pronger in 2011-12 to begin a season
 on a five-game point streak.
 Voracek is looking to post the club's first six-game season-opening point
 streak since Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg in 2005-06.
 Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn has not played since suffering a lower-body
 injury on Oct. 8, but was close to skating against Dallas before again sitting
 out. He is expected to be a game-time decision tonight.
 Mason could get a chance to rebound in net and is 6-10-3 with a 3.52 goals
 against average and .885 save percentage versus the Blackhawks. Emery is 3-1-1
 with a 2.93 GAA and .891 save percentage in five games against his former
 The Blackhawks have begun the season on a four-game point streak (3-0-1) and
 are coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime decision against Nashville. Jonathan
 Toews scored the winner shorthanded with 1:34 left in the bonus frame.
 Patrick Sharp took a tripping penalty 1:50 into overtime, but Toews picked off
 a Nashville pass attempt, raced up the ice and beat Carter Hutton by tapping
 in his own rebound.
 "Just lucky to get a second effort on that one because the first effort didn't
 go in," Toews said.
 Johnny Oduya provided an early score for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a
 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary on Wednesday. Corey Crawford made 19 stops.
 Crawford will get the start tonight in the finale of a four-game homestand and
 lost his only other meeting with the Flyers. He gave up three goals on 33
 shots faced.
 Chicago forward Kris Versteeg is in line to make his season debut tonight
 after sitting out the start of the campaign with a lower-body injury.
 The Flyers have won four of five and 10 of their last 12 meetings with the
 Blackhawks, but were routed 7-2 in their last trip to Chicago on Dec. 11,
 The 'Hawks got goals from seven different skaters in that win, with Sharp
 adding two assists, Marian Hossa assisting on three goals and Patrick Kane
 notched a pair of helpers.
 Voracek had a goal for Philadelphia in that loss.
 ( - Neither the Dallas Stars nor Vancouver Canucks were very
 happy with their efforts last time out and the clubs look to shake off recent
 losses in Tuesday night's meeting at American Airlines Center.
 For the Stars, they failed to hold a trio of leads in Saturday's 6-5 overtime
 setback to the Philadelphia Flyers, wasting four-point efforts by Jason Spezza
 and Tyler Seguin.
 Spezza had a goal and three assists, while Seguin notched four helpers. Trevor
 Daley scored a pair of power-play goals and Kari Lehtonen remained winless in
 his career versus the Flyers (0-10-2) by allowing six goals on 36 shots.
 Though Dallas has notched a point in four of five to begin the season (2-1-2),
 head coach Lindy Ruff had a harsh description of his club's effort on
 "Even on the fifth goal we lost two guys on the forecheck for no reason,"
 Ruff said. "We let them come all the way up ice. That for me is just a lack of
 focus. That's just garbage hockey."
 The news got worse for the Stars when they learned that 22-year-old defenseman
 Patrik Nemeth will miss the rest of the season due to a severe arm laceration
 he suffered versus the Flyers when he was accidentally cut by the skate of
 Philadelphia's R.J. Umberger.
 Nemeth had surgery on Sunday and is expected to be replaced in the lineup by
 2011 first-round pick Jamie Oleksiak.
 "I think it involved everything," Ruff told Dallas' website of the surgery.
 "When I said severe that was probably an understatement. I don't want to go
 into detail because I don't know exactly, but it involves everything. First
 and foremost, I hope for his sake that it is a full recovery."
 Seguin, meanwhile, will take the ice one day after being named the NHL's First
 Star of the week. He led the league with eight points in three games,
 recording four goals.
 Lehtonen is 6-7-0 with a 2.77 goals against average and .914 save percentage
 in his career versus the Canucks and should get a chance tonight to extend his
 club's four-game winning streak over Vancouver.
 Dallas won all three meetings last season and has claimed seven of the last 10
 in this series overall.
 The Canucks have lost three straight in Dallas and try to rebound tonight
 following their first loss of the season, a 4-2 setback to visiting Tampa Bay
 on Saturday that halted a three-game winning streak.
 Chris Higgins and Alexander Edler both scored for the Canucks, who had picked
 up a shutout win over Edmonton the previous night. Eddie Lack started his
 first game of the season, but allowed all four goals on 24 shots.
 "I thought we gave this game away," said Vancouver's Henrik Sedin. "We showed
 on a back-to-back night we can play the best teams. I thought we should have
 won the game. I cost us the first goal and we gave them the second goal as
 "We pushed hard to come back in the game but then we gave them a 5-on-3 and
 that's where I think the momentum changed."
 Daniel Sedin had an assist and has logged six helpers and seven points over a
 season-opening four-game point streak.
 Ryan Miller is likely to start tonight for Vancouver and has posted a 1.95 GAA
 and .927 save percentage in winning his first three starts with the club. He
 is 4-3-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .892 save percentage in eight prior meetings with
 the Stars.
 ( - Both the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche try to
 pick up just their second victory of the season on Tuesday night as the
 struggling clubs meet at Pepsi Center.
 The Avalanche have lost three in a row since securing their only win of the
 season on Oct. 13, while the Panthers failed on Saturday at an attempt for a
 second straight win.
 Florida recorded a 1-0 win over Buffalo on Friday thanks to 26 saves by
 Roberto Luongo, but dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Washington the
 following night.
 All three Capitals skaters beat Al Montoya in the shootout -- Evgeny Kuznetsov
 and Nicklas Backstrom with snap shots to the stick side and Alex Ovechkin with
 a nice shoulder fake that sent the Panthers goalie to the ice.
 Brad Boyes had a goal and Montoya made 27 saves in his first start for the
 Panthers, who fell to 1-2-2. Boyes' game-tying goal on the power play 4:27
 into the third period was just Florida's fifth goal of the season.
 "We didn't have a great first two periods," said Florida coach Gerard Gallant.
 "We were OK but not good enough. But in the third period we picked it up."
 The Panthers are unlikely to have center Dave Bolland in the lineup for a
 second straight tilt due to a lower-body injury that also held him out of
 Saturday's game.
 Luongo should get the start tonight in the third contest of a four-game road
 trip and is 19-15-5 with a 2.62 goals against average and .912 save percentage
 in his career versus Colorado.
 The Avalanche hope to avoid a fourth straight setback and have lost two
 straight in regulation since an overtime loss to Toronto on Oct. 14. They were
 bested 3-2 by Montreal on Saturday, falling to 1-4-1 on the year.
 Alex Tanguay and Matt Duchene lit the lamp for Colorado and Calvin Pickard
 made 33 stops in defeat.
 "We had 10 good scoring chances and of the 10, seven of them missed the net,"
 Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "We have to be much better around their net
 and put more pucks on their net to make their goalie work a little more."
 Pickard was appearing in his second straight game after he relieved an injured
 Reto Berra 2:46 into Thursday's loss to Ottawa. He made 23 saves in his NHL
 Berra, who left due to a head/neck injury, could return to action tonight,
 while No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov is in line to return on Friday versus
 Vancouver. He landed on injured reserve Thursday due to a groin ailment.
 The Panthers and Avalanche split two meetings last season, with Florida's 4-1
 loss in Colorado marking the club's fifth setback in seven trips to Denver.
 ( - The Calgary Flames try to extend the momentum created by
 a successful road trip into Tuesday night's home meeting with the banged-up
 Tampa Bay Lightning.
 The Flames began the season with a loss to the visiting Vancouver Canucks
 before posting a 4-2 record on a six-game road trip. They capped the swing
 with Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and will play their next five
 at home.
 Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond all potted second-period
 goals in the victory over the Jets. Defenseman T.J. Brodie added a goal in the
 third frame and Jonas Hiller made 34 saves.
 Raymond's goal was his fifth of the season.
 "Great second period. We came out strong, we came out with a great forecheck.
 We got a big power-play goal," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said.
 Brodie has three goals and seven points through Calgary's first seven games
 and on Monday signed a five-year contract extension.
 "It seemed like a good deal," Brodie said on Calgary's website. "The longer
 you wait there is always risks, too. Whether it's injuries or having a cold
 slump or something like that.
 "To get it out of the way now, it gives me a chance to relax and not have to
 think about it."
 The Lightning don't want to think too much about last night's 3-2 loss in
 Edmonton, the Oilers' first win of the season.
 Brian Boyle and Brett Connolly scored for the Lightning, who have split the
 first two of their five-game road trip. Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 23
 shots in the loss.
 "We just weren't making any plays," Bishop said. "Every time we got the puck
 we just flicked it and turned it over and they took it back to us."
 The highlight of the game was the NHL debut of Tampa Bay forward Jonathan
 Drouin, the third overall pick of the 2013 draft. Drouin was recalled from the
 American Hockey League on Sunday after completing a rehab assignment for a
 thumb injury and was not expected to play, but was put into the lineup after
 Alex Killorn sustained an upper-body injury during morning skate.
 The 19-year-old Drouin had one shot on goal in just over 16 minutes of ice
 time, posting a minus-1 rating.
 After losing Killorn earlier in the day, forward Ryan Callahan suffered a
 lower-body injury versus the Oilers and is not expected to play tonight. Tampa
 Bay is already without defenseman Victor Hedman for the next 4-to-6 weeks
 because of a hand injury.
 Hedman had posted three goals and seven points over the first five games,
 while Callahan has three goals and five points in six games.
 The Lightning have won four of their past six versus the Flames as well as
 five of its last seven trips to Calgary.
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