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                              Sunday, November 23
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 ST. LOUIS BLUES (13-6-1) AT WINNIPEG JETS (10-8-3), 4:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec noted that his club
 lost to a good team last time out. Things don't get any easier for the Jets on
 Sunday afternoon as they take on the visiting St. Louis Blues.
 
 The Jets were bested 4-3 by the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday despite taking a
 one-goal lead into the third period. The Red Wings, though, struck twice and
 outshot the Jets 14-9 in the final frame.
 
 Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Lowry both snapped 14-game goal droughts in defeat,
 while Mathieu Perreault also scored as Winnipeg fell to 1-2-1 in its past four
 games.
 
 "We lost against a really good team. Overall I think the game was OK. We just
 couldn't finish it in the third period," said Pavelec, who ended up 23 saves.
 
 Pavelec played for the first time since getting pulled after 20 minutes versus
 Minnesota on Nov. 16. He allowed three goals on 11 shots and has now lost
 three straight decisions.
 
 Pavelec is 2-3-1 lifetime versus the Blues with a 2.62 goals against average
 and .919 save percentage in six meetings.
 
 The Blues sit one point back of first place in the Central Division and
 snapped a two-game slide with Saturday's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
 Brian Elliott made 24 saves as St. Louis allowed only five shots in the third
 period.
 
 Alex Steen, Max Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko all scored in St. Louis' 11th
 victory in 14 games.
 
 "We don't play well on a three-quarter-ice game when we're defending. We don't
 play that well," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're better off playing on
 our toes and we were able to do that for most of the third period, which was a
 good feeling for all of us."
 
 St. Louis lost defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a lower-body injury in Saturday's
 game and his status for this game is unknown.
 
 Backup goaltender Jake Allen, meanwhile, is likely to face the Jets for the
 first time in his young career tonight. He has gone 5-2-0 in seven starts for
 the Blues this season, posting a 2.00 GAA, .922 save percentage and two
 shutouts.
 
 The Blues have won four in a row versus the Jets and are 7-0-1 in the past
 eight meetings. They also have gone 4-0-2 in the last six encounters as the
 visiting team.
 
 This is the first of five meetings between the clubs this season.
 
 
 MONTREAL CANADIENS (16-5-1) AT NEW YORK RANGERS (8-7-4), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers hope to post only their second
 winning streak of the season on Sunday night as they welcome the Montreal
 Canadiens to Madison Square Garden.
 
 The Rangers have been out of action since snapping a three-game slide (0-1-2)
 with Wednesday's 2-0 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers. They were
 scheduled to visit the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, but that game was postponed
 due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Feb. 20.
 
 New York is just 3-3-4 in November and has not won consecutive games since a
 three-game winning streak from Oct. 16-21.
 
 Backup Cam Talbot helped New York snap its recent skid as he made 31 saves
 versus the Flyers for his first victory of the season and fourth career
 shutout. Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the goals.
 
 "I think everybody wanted the puck tonight," New York's Martin St. Louis said.
 "Everybody wanted to be part of the solution and it reflected on the way we
 played. Tonight was one of those nights where everyone really wanted to make a
 play and wanted to have an impact on the game."
 
 Friday's postponed game should leave the Rangers and No. 1 goaltender Henrik
 Lundqvist rested. Lundqvist is 13-12-2 with a 2.86 goals against average and
 .897 save percentage in his career versus the Habs.
 
 That includes a loss in Montreal on Oct. 25, with Lundqvist making 26 saves to
 Carey Price's 34 stops for the Canadiens.
 
 That contest marked the first meeting between the teams since New York
 defeated Montreal in six games during last season's Eastern Conference finals.
 Price suffered a knee injury in Game 1 and missed the rest of the series.
 
 His effort in the last meeting gave Montreal a victory in six of seven and 13
 of the last 17 regular-season encounters with the Rangers. The Habs have won
 two straight in New York.
 
 Price, though, will get a rest tonight after making 33 saves in last night's
 2-0 win over Boston. He picked up his second shutout of the season and 27th of
 his career.
 
 Backup Dustin Tokarski will start in his place. He is 3-1-0 with a 1.79 GAA
 and .937 save percentage in five games (4 starts) this season and will make
 his first career start versus the Rangers. Tokarski did allow three goals on
 11 shots over 24 minutes of a previous relief appearance against them.
 
 Montreal opened a stretch of seven of eight on the road last night and saw
 Andrei Markov score versus the Bruins to become the fourth defenseman in
 franchise history to score 100 career goals with the club.
 
 "It's something special not just for a defenseman, but for any player to score
 100," said Markov. "It's thanks to all my teammates who supported me and
 helped me do that. Without them, I never could have done that."
 
 Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, while Brendan Gallagher assisted on
 both goals to help the Habs win for the eighth time in their last nine games.
 
 
 ARIZONA COYOTES (9-10-2) AT ANAHEIM DUCKS (12-4-5), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks know that two points are better than
 just one.
 
 The Ducks look to secure a second straight victory on Sunday night as they
 play host to the Arizona Coyotes.
 
 Anaheim snapped a three-game slide (0-1-2) with Thursday's 4-3 shootout win
 over the Vancouver Canucks. It had to be nerve-racking for the Ducks, who had
 lost five of their past six games that went beyond regulation.
 
 Matt Beleskey's goal with 8:08 left in the third period tied the game and both
 Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout.
 
 Perry, the first participant, came down the right side, drifted towards the
 slot and patiently lifted a shot over a sliding Eddie Lack. After Vancouver's
 first two shooters failed to score, Silfverberg's quick wrister over the glove
 of the Vancouver netminder sealed the win.
 
 Ryan Getzlaf tallied a goal and an assist, while Andrew Cogliano also scored
 and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves to improve Anaheim to 2-1-5 in its past
 eight games.
 
 "We found a way to win and that's what we have been trying to do," said Perry.
 
 Andersen made his seventh straight start and faced the Coyotes for the first
 time in his career on Nov. 7, losing a 3-2 decision in a shootout. He yielded
 two goals on 25 shots and was beaten by Mikkel Boedker for the deciding tally
 in the tiebreaker.
 
 Ryan Kesler had the last chance for hosting Anaheim, but his shot went wide of
 the net.
 
 Getzlaf and Beleskey both scored for the Ducks, who won all five of their
 meetings with the Coyotes last season. They lost at home to Arizona for only
 the second time in the past eight encounters.
 
 Shane Doan and Rob Klinkhammer each had a goal for the Coyotes, while Mike
 Smith turned away 37 shots in the win.
 
 Arizona snapped a two-game slide with a 4-3 shootout win over the San Jose
 Sharks on Saturday night. Antoine Vermette scored in regulation and had the
 lone tally of the tiebreaker.
 
 Doan had a goal and an assist, David Schlemko scored and Boedker notched a
 pair of assists.
 
 "Good teams push back," said Vermette. "We stuck with it and came back."
 
 Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves and stopped San Jose's three attempts in the
 shootout to improve his record to 5-0-1 on the season. It is unknown if he
 will get another start tonight or if Smith will return to net.
 
 Forward Rene Bourque, acquired by the Ducks on Thursday from Montreal in
 exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen, skated with Anaheim on Saturday, though
 his status for this game is unknown.
 
 
 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (12-7-1) AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS (13-6-1), 9:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin is scheduled to appear in
 his 1,000th career NHL game on Sunday night when the Canucks play host to the
 Chicago Blackhawks.
 
 Sedin has logged 311 goals, 514 assists and 825 points since being drafted
 second overall by the Canucks in 1999. His twin brother Henrik Sedin, taken
 one pick after Daniel, reached the 1,000-game milestone last season, posting
 198 goals, 664 assists and 862 points in 1,030 games.
 
 Daniel and Henrik Sedin are tied for the club lead with 20 points, with Henrik
 logging five goals and 15 assists and Daniel Sedin posting four goals and a
 club-high 16 helpers.
 
 "It will be emotional for myself, for sure," Daniel Sedin said of the
 milestone. "To play this long for this franchise means a lot. We've been
 through a lot, ups and downs. We've been through everything."
 
 Vancouver is a little more up than down this season as it tries to rebound
 from missing the 2014 playoffs. The Canucks are third in the Pacific Division
 with a record of 13-6-1.
 
 They dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, falling
 to 3-1-1 in their past five games. Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata both scored
 and Bo Horvat added the first NHL goal of his career.
 
 Eddie Lack made 23 saves in defeat.
 
 "You have to give the team credit," Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins
 said. "They came back. It's not that they didn't battle."
 
 Vancouver did suffer a blow when defenseman Dan Hamhuis was lost to a lower-
 body injury 1:27 into the game. His status is unknown, but he could reportedly
 be out for months with the ailment.
 
 Ryan Miller is expected to start in goal for the Canucks tonight and is 2-3-0
 with a 2.53 goals against average and .925 save percentage in five starts
 against the Blackhawks.
 
 Chicago plays the third contest of a six-game swing, with the club on its
 annual Circus Trip. The 'Hawks have won the first two, beating Calgary two
 days before a 7-1 thumping of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
 
 Jonathan Toews scored twice and Marian Hossa added a goal and three assists in
 Chicago's third straight win and sixth in the past eight. Patrick Kane and
 Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist, while Duncan Keith and Marcus
 Kruger scored as well.
 
 "I know we've been on the other end of games like this," said Chicago head
 coach Joel Quenneville. "It's a lot better to be at the other side of this
 sort of game."
 
 Antti Raanta was slated to start last night's game, but was unable to go due
 to illness. No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford stepped in and made 24 saves.
 
 It is unknown who will start for Chicago tonight. Crawford is 5-2-2 with a
 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage in his career versus the Canucks, while
 Raanta has faced them just once before and took a shootout loss after halting
 22-of-24 shots faced.
 
 The Blackhawks won two of three versus the Canucks last season, picking up
 both victories in Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/23 10:42:29 ET

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