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                                Tuesday, March 3
                              (All times Eastern)
 ( - The NHL-leading Nashville Predators will try to halt
 their longest losing streak of the season when they cap a quick two-game road
 trip Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.
 The Predators have lost three straight -- all in regulation -- for the club's
 longest slide since another 0-3 stretch from March 15-19 of last season.
 Nashville last dropped four straight from March 1-8, 2014.
 The drought has allowed St. Louis to creep within four points of Nashville for
 first place in the Central Division. With 89 points, the Preds are two in
 front of Anaheim for the Western Conference lead. Like the Ducks, the East-
 leading Montreal Canadiens also are two back of Nashville in the race for the
 Presidents' Trophy.
 Nashville is playing the second part of a back-to-back stretch and was handed
 a 4-1 loss by the New York Rangers on Monday. Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot
 turned aside 25-of-26 shots to help the home team stifle the Preds' offense.
 Matt Cullen had the lone goal for Nashville while Pekka Rinne allowed three
 goals on 39 shots for the Predators, who fell to 15-11-6 as the road team.
 "Every game we play right now is a test," Predators coach Peter Laviolette
 With Nashville playing on consecutive nights, backup netminder Carter Hutton
 could give Rinne a rest this evening.
 The Devils halted a two-game slide with Saturday's 2-0 win in Columbus. The
 victory was the fifth in the past seven games for New Jersey, but the club is
 still nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
 Cory Schneider made 33 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and
 second in his last four starts. The victory also improved his record in
 2014-15 to 23-23-6.
 "It starts with our goaltender," Devils co-head coach Lou Lamoriello stated.
 "We go through our defense then we get to our forwards. Right now that's our
 assets and strengths and you work off that. Cory was once again outstanding."
 Andy Greene netted the deciding goal with 4:13 left in the first period and
 the score remained 1-0 until Travis Zajac added an empty-net score in the
 final minute.
 New Jersey is kicking off a three-game homestand tonight and also will welcome
 Columbus and Philadelphia during the residency. The Devils are 15-9-8 as the
 host this season.
 Schneider is expected to start Tuesday and is 0-1-1 with a 3.85 goals against
 average in his career versus the Predators.
 Nashville beat the Devils, 3-1, in the Music City on Feb. 14 and has claimed
 two straight and three of the past five encounters in this series. New Jersey
 has won two of the last three meetings at the Prudential Center.
 ( - The struggling Calgary Flames hope to pick up just their
 second win in six games when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for Tuesday's
 battle at Wells Fargo Center.
 Calgary's 1-3-1 record over its last five games is not helping the club's
 chances in a heated race for a playoff spot out West, and Bob Hartley's team
 will try to get back on track tonight.
 The Flames are currently in playoff position with 70 points, but enter Tuesday
 tied with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks in both the Pacific
 Division and Western Conference playoff standings. Calgary currently holds
 tiebreakers over the Kings and Sharks, who both are three points behind
 Minnesota for the last wild card spot in the West.
 Making matters worse for Calgary, the team will have to make the remainder of
 its playoff run without the services of captain Mark Giordano, who is arguably
 the club's most important player.
 Giordano missed Friday's game against the Islanders due to an upper-body
 injury and on Monday the team announced the All-Star defenseman will miss the
 remainder of the season with a torn biceps. It's a huge blow for the Flames'
 playoff chances, as Giordano is tied for second among NHL defensemen with 48
 points and was averaging over 25 minutes a night for Calgary. He also was tied
 with forward Jiri Hudler for the team lead in points.
 The Flames did not try and replace Giordano before Monday's trade deadline.
 Instead, the club acquired a pair of draft picks for forward Curtis Glencross
 in a deal with Washington on Sunday and flipped forward Sven Baertschi to
 Vancouver for a second-round selection on Monday.
 Calgary is 1-2-0 at the start of a seven-game road trip and coming off
 Friday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders. The Flames scored their lone goal of the
 contest with just under 21 seconds left in regulation, a little more than 21
 ticks after Cal Clutterbuck record an empty-net tally to give the Isles a 2-0
 New York netminder Jaroslav Halak was denied a shutout when Josh Jooris scored
 with 20.9 seconds left to play. Karri Ramo was the tough-luck loser for the
 Flames, stopping 37-of-38 chances in a strong effort between the pipes.
 "You're not going to win too many games not scoring until the last minute of
 the game," Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman remarked.
 The Flames allowed Ryan Strome to score a power-play marker with 8:21 left in
 the first period. It marked the first time Calgary surrendered a goal on the
 power play since Jan. 27 against Buffalo.
 The loss dropped the Flames to 16-13-1 as the visiting team this season.
 The Flyers, meanwhile, traded away veteran defensemen Braydon Coburn and Kimmo
 Timonen in separate deals over the last few days, but will try to help their
 slim playoff chances tonight.
 Timonen, who did not play this season for the Flyers due to blood clot issues,
 went to Chicago on Friday for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional
 fourth-rounder in 2016. Coburn was dealt to Tampa early Monday morning for
 defenseman Radko Gudas and pair of picks in 2015 -- a first-round choice and a
 Gudas, 24, has been sidelined since early January after having surgery on his
 right knee.
 Philadelphia hopes to build off a win Saturday against the visiting New York
 Rangers. The playoff-hopeful Flyers posted a 4-2 decision to halt a two-game
 losing streak.
 In his first start since Feb. 8, Steve Mason made 34 saves to lead the Flyers
 past the Rangers. Mason made 16 of those saves in the third period for Philly,
 which enters Tuesday six points out of a postseason berth in the East.
 Mason did some of his best work late in the third period as the Rangers were
 buzzing around the Philadelphia goal with around seven minutes left. Mason was
 up to the task, as he stretched out his left pad to get enough of Rick Nash's
 shot from the side of the net. It was just one of a few attempts in a
 sustained flurry by New York.
 "They were more like desperation saves," Mason said of the sequence. "I'm not
 sure if I can remember all seven of them, but there was a big one on Rick Nash
 where I came across with my left skate. That was a good test for the knee
 Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored goals for the Flyers, and
 the winner came early in the third period when Michael Del Zotto scored short-
 Philadelphia has won three straight at Wells Fargo Center and is playing the
 middle part of a three-game homestand tonight. The Flyers, who are 18-8-5 as
 the host, will complete the stay in South Philly when St. Louis visits on
 The Flyers have won three straight against Calgary and have gained a point in
 each of the last five encounters, going 4-0-1 against the Flames during that
 stretch. Calgary has won four times in its last six trips to Philadelphia, but
 the Flyers recorded a 2-1 home victory when the clubs last met on Feb. 8 of
 last season.
 The Flames and Flyers will complete their 2014-15 season series on March 19 in
 Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau, a native of nearby Carney's Point, New
 Jersey, is playing his first NHL game in Philadelphia. The rookie has 15 goals
 and 44 points in 61 games and is a leading candidate for the Calder Memorial
 ( - After halting a three-game slide the last time out, the
 Washington Capitals hope to stay on the right track Tuesday when they visit
 the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
 Washington lost three straight in regulation before snapping out of the funk
 with Sunday's 4-0 win over visiting Toronto. The Capitals will try to make it
 two straight victories tonight when they complete the season series against
 The Capitals are occupying the first of two wild card spots in the Eastern
 Conference with 78 points, seven more than the Boston Bruins. Washington also
 is fourth in the Metropolitan Division and three points behind the third-place
 Pittsburgh Penguins.
 Braden Holtby recorded his seventh shutout of the season in Sunday's win over
 the Maple Leafs. He is one behind Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the
 NHL lead in shutouts.
 Alex Ovechkin scored twice and added an assist for the Capitals, pushing his
 league-leading goal total to 41. Ovechkin also is tied for the NHL lead in
 points with 65.
 Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward added markers in the third period for
 Columbus, meanwhile, has been relegated to a spoiler role at this point of the
 season. The Blue Jackets could do well in that role tonight, having won two of
 the first four meetings with Washington this season and posting a 4-1-1 mark
 over the last six tilts in this series.
 The Caps, who are 16-12-5 on the road this season, have lost three of their
 last four in Ohio. After tonight's away tilt, Washington will return home for
 a five-game stay in D.C.
 The Blue Jackets have seen their already slim playoff chances evaporate during
 their current six-game slide. Columbus has dropped the last four in regulation
 and has surrendered four goals or more four times in the 0-5-1 drought.
 In light of being 15 points out of a playoff spot in the East, Columbus became
 sellers at Monday's trade deadline. The club traded away defensemen James
 Wisniewski and Jordan Leopold in separate deals with Anaheim and Minnesota,
 The Jackets received forwards Rene Bourque and William Karlsson and a second-
 round pick from the Ducks for Wisniewski and a third-round selection. Columbus
 acquired defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick for Leopold.
 Columbus did lock up one of its players for the future, signing forward Cam
 Atkinson to a three-year contract extension on Monday. The 25-year-old
 Atkinson has 13 goals and 12 assists in 58 games this season, his fourth in
 the NHL.
 The Blue Jackets last played on Sunday, when it dropped a 5-3 decision in
 Pittsburgh. Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno scored for the Blue
 Curtis McElhinney played well in defeat, making 36 stops.
 "We have to find something we can hang our hat on, as far as pride and how we
 play," Columbus head coach Todd Richards said.
 Although it may not make a difference in the postseason race, the Blue Jackets
 could have No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky back in net tonight for the first
 time since Jan. 21. Bobrovsky, who served as the backup to McElhinney on
 Sunday, missed 15 games before getting activated for the game against
 Bobrovsky is 4-1-3 with a 3.06 goals against average in nine career games
 versus the Capitals. Holtby is expected to start for Washington and owns a
 lifetime 4-2-1 mark and 3.11 GAA in this matchup.
 BUFFALO SABRES (19-39-5) AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (38-20-6), 7:30 P.M.
 ( - The Tampa Bay Lightning get to unveil new defenseman
 Braydon Coburn when they kick off a three-game homestand in Tuesday's clash
 with the Buffalo Sabres.
 The Lightning acquired Coburn from Philadelphia early Monday morning and gave
 up quite a haul to land the veteran blueliner. The Flyers received defenseman
 Radko Gudas and a pair of draft picks in the 2015 draft. Tampa yielded a
 first-round choice and a third-rounder in the June draft.
 Coburn had one goal and eight assists for nine points in 39 games with the
 Flyers this season. He has compiled 37 goals and 129 assists for 166 points in
 614 NHL games.
 "I guess the biggest thing where he has played, what he has done is he's been
 a defensive-minded defenseman that has matched up against the other team's top
 players and that's the most important thing to us," said Tampa general manager
 Steve Yzerman. "He can log a lot of minutes."
 The 30-year-old veteran also has two goals and 23 points in 72 career
 postseason games. Coburn is expected to be in the lineup for the Bolts
 Tampa Bay also traded forward Brett Connolly to the Boston Bruins on Monday,
 acquiring second-round picks in the next two drafts. Connolly has 12 goals and
 three assists in 50 games this season.
 The Lightning enter Tuesday with 82 points, one more than third-place Detroit
 in the Atlantic Division standings. Tampa is five points behind the division-
 leading Montreal Canadiens.
 Tampa has lost two of its last three games and is coming off Sunday's 4-3
 regulation loss to the Florida Panthers. Jaromir Jagr posted a goal and an
 assist to help the Panthers down the visiting Bolts.
 Anton Stralman had a goal and an assist in the loss, while Tyler Johnson and
 Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning, who had won three of four coming
 in. Ben Bishop turned aside 22 shots in the loss.
 Tampa was down 4-1 after Aaron Ekblad scored at 4:18 of the third period, but
 Stamkos and Johnson would help make it a one-goal game. Johnson's marker, his
 24th of the season, cut the deficit to 4-3 with 2:44 remaining, but that was
 as close as the Lightning would get.
 "There's no easy team in this league and this is a team that's fighting for
 it's playoff lives," said Stamkos, who leads his club with 34 goals. "We can't
 be surprised that we're down 4-1 when we came out with an effort like that.
 You can't play a game for 10 minutes and expect to win."
 Tampa boasts a terrific 23-6-1 record as the hosts and will also welcome
 Toronto and Dallas during this homestand. The Lightning have won two straight
 and four of their last five when hosting Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three
 straight overall against Tampa since taking the first of five 2014-15 meetings
 in Buffalo on Dec. 2.
 The Sabres, already the worst team in the NHL with only 43 points, held a fire
 sale at Monday's trade deadline. Buffalo traded away forwards Chris Stewart,
 Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn and also dealt goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
 Flynn and Mitchell were sent to Montreal in separate deals, Stewart was
 shipped to Minnesota and Neuvirth landed with the New York Islanders.
 Buffalo received mostly prospects and draft picks in return, but goaltender
 Chad Johnson, who was acquired in the Neuvirth deal, could get a chance to be
 the club's No. 1 option in net down the stretch. It's unclear if Johnson will
 debut with Buffalo tonight or if Anders Lindback will get the call instead.
 The Sabres lost for the third time in five games Saturday in Florida, dropping
 a 5-3 decision at the start of a five-game road trip. Buffalo had a two-game
 winning streak halted despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the game.
 Cody Hodgson and Andrej Meszaros scored first-period goals for Buffalo, while
 Mitchell also lit the lamp in the third stanza.
 Neuvirth allowed four Panthers goals but made 42 saves in the setback.
 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-33-5) AT FLORIDA PANTHERS (28-22-13), 7:30 P.M.
 ( - Jaromir Jagr led his new team to a win the last time out
 and the veteran hopes to make a difference for the Florida Panthers again when
 they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tuesday's battle at BB&T Center.
 In his second game with the Panthers since coming over late last week in a
 trade with New Jersey, Jagr posted a goal and an assist to help Florida down
 the rival Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in regulation
 The 43-year-old winger potted the 717th goal of his standout career, opening
 the scoring at 10:24 of the first period. The marker tied him with Hall of
 Famer Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time list. Jagr later notched
 the primary assist on an Aleksander Barkov goal.
 Florida held on for the close win despite taking a 4-1 lead early in the third
 period. The victory put the Panthers within two points of Boston for the last
 wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
 "I came here to help this team get into the playoffs," said Jagr. "It's like a
 playoff for us already. We've got 19 games to go, and it's going to be
 Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists, while Aaron Ekblad and Brad Boyes also
 scored for the Panthers. Backup goaltender Al Montoya stopped 20 shots in the
 Roberto Luongo is expected to return to net tonight for the Panthers. The
 club's No. 1 goalie boasts a 17-7-0 record and 2.35 goals against average in
 27 career outings versus the Maple Leafs.
 Florida faces a Toronto team that continued to be sellers at Monday's trade
 deadline. The Maple Leafs traded away defenseman Cody Franson and forwards
 Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik in February before dealing Korbinian Holzer
 and Olli Jokinen on the final day for trades.
 Jokinen, who only played six games with Toronto since coming over from
 Nashville, was sent to St. Louis in exchange for a conditional sixth-round
 draft pick in 2016 and forward Joakim Lindstrom. Holzer went to Anaheim in
 exchange for the expiring contract of veteran defenseman Eric Brewer and a
 2016 fifth-round draft pick on Monday.
 Toronto is well outside the playoff picture in the East and has lost its last
 two games by identical 4-0 scores. The Leafs fell Saturday in Montreal to
 begin a four-game road trip and lost the following day against Washington.
 Braden Holtby turned aside 32 shots to blank Toronto on Sunday, while
 James Reimer allowed three goals on 31 shots in the loss. The setback was
 Toronto's 16th straight on the road and dropped the club to 7-20-5 as the
 guest this season.
 The Panthers have won four straight in the series against Toronto overall and
 the Leafs have lost in each of their last three trips to South Florida.
 Toronto has lost eight of 10 at BB&T Center.
 OTTAWA SENATORS (27-23-10) AT MINNESOTA WILD (33-22-7), 8 P.M.
 ( - An excellent month of February has vaulted the Minnesota
 Wild into a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
 A season-high winning streak has the Ottawa Senators hoping to make a similar
 The Sens take aim at a sixth victory in a row on Tuesday evening when they
 visit the Wild.
 Ottawa has won the first three contests of a five-game road trip to push its
 overall winning streak to five in a row. The Sens haven't won six consecutive
 games since Oct. 20-30, 2011, but are in position to do just that following
 wins over Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose to begin this trip.
 Mike Hoffman upped his NHL rookie-leading goal total to 23 with a pair of
 tallies in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Sharks. Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson
 also scored as the Senators sit seven points behind the Boston Bruins for a
 wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand.
 "I think we showed everyone around our dressing room that we can play and
 we're a good team in this league when we want to be," Hoffman said. "Beating
 these three teams here is never something easy to do. So we're making a good
 push here. We're going strong and we just got to keep it going."
 Andrew Hammond made 28 saves and has now won the first five starts of his NHL
 career. He entered Saturday's contest having shut out the Ducks and Kings in
 his two previous outings.
 Hammond was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday as he has
 provided a big spark to the Sens following injuries to Craig Anderson (bruised
 hand) and Robin Lehner (concussion). Anderson, though, was activated off of
 injured reserve on Sunday and is expected to start on Wednesday when the Sens
 wrap their road trip versus Winnipeg.
 The Wild also have gotten a big boost from a fresh face in goal, with Devan
 Dubnyk sparking the club to a 13-2-1 record over the past 16 games. He was
 acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in January and was named to league's top
 star for the month of February, leading the league in wins while going 11-2-1
 with a 1.64 goals against average and .939 save percentage.
 Dubnyk tied Niklas Backstrom's franchise record with a 20th straight start in
 Saturday's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, making 33 saves. He figures to
 break that mark tonight and is 1-0-0 in two games (1 start) against the Sens
 with a 1.80 GAA and .933 save percentage.
 Justin Fontaine and Erik Haula had a goal and an assist, and Jason Pominville
 also scored for the Wild, who have won five of their last six and own a three-
 point edge for the second wild card spot in the West.
 "The confidence is growing every game and it's great to play with these guys,"
 said Haula. "We've got to make sure we start fast and get the shifts going."
 Minnesota added a pair of players prior to Monday's trade deadline to help for
 its playoff push, getting forward Chris Stewart from the Buffalo Sabres and
 defenseman Jordan Leopold from Columbus.
 Stewart notched 11 goals and 14 assists in 61 games with the Sabres this
 season, while Leopold had posted a goal and two assists in 18 games with the
 Blue Jackets after they acquired him from the St. Louis Blues.
 Minnesota sent a second-round pick to Buffalo for Stewart, while Leopold was
 swapped for blueliner Justin Falk and a fifth-round selection.
 The Wild have lost two straight and eight of their past nine versus the
 Senators, including a 3-0 loss in Ottawa on Nov. 6. Backstrom yielded three
 goals on 17 shots in the loss.
 Anderson made 35 saves and Hoffman scored twice for Ottawa, which has won four
 straight in Minnesota.
 NEW YORK ISLANDERS (41-21-2) AT DALLAS STARS (27-26-10), 8:30 P.M.
 ( - The New York Islanders look to tighten things up and
 rebound from a rough loss last time out when they visit the Dallas Stars on
 Tuesday night.
 The Islanders had to settle for a split of a four-game homestand thanks to a
 5-3 loss to Carolina on Saturday, with the Hurricanes scoring four times in
 the second period. Carolina began and ended the scoring in the frame with
 power- play tallies.
 Michael Grabner, Nikolay Kulemin and John Tavares scored New York's goals.
 "You can't give up two power-play goals and expect to win," said Islanders
 coach Jack Capuano.
 New York did not win and finds itself tied with the rival New York Rangers for
 first place in the Metropolitan Division after the Blueshirts defeated the
 Nashville Predators on Monday night. The Rangers also have two games in hand
 over the Isles.
 The Islanders will play their next four games on the road and hope that
 Tavares can stay hot. The talented forward has six goals and 14 points over
 his past nine games and is tied for the NHL lead with 65 points.
 Center Anders Lee also is in great form as he was named the league's top
 rookie for February. He led all freshman skaters with seven goals and 15
 points in 15 games last month.
 After getting the game off versus the Hurricanes, Jaroslav Halak figures to
 get the start tonight and he is 4-5-0 lifetime with a 2.73 goals against
 average and .896 save percentage in nine career games versus the Stars.
 Halak is set to have a new backup for the stretch run in Michal Neuvirth, who
 the Islanders acquired on Monday from the Buffalo Sabres for goaltender Chad
 Johnson and a conditional 2016 third-round pick. Johnson allowed five goals on
 41 shots in the loss to the Hurricanes and posted a 3.08 GAA and .899 save
 percentage in 17 starts with New York.
 The 26-year-old Neuvirth went 6-17-3 in 27 games with the Sabres, posting a
 2.99 GAA and .918 save percentage.
 New York also added winger Tyler Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks on Monday
 for a conditional draft pick. He had four goals and nine points in 25 games
 with San Jose.
 The Stars are in danger of matching their longest losing streak of the season,
 an 0-5-2 slump from Oct 25-Nov. 8. Dallas is currently 0-4-2 over its last six
 games, including a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
 "I think you've heard the same speech enough. I don't like some of the
 mistakes we made on the goals," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said.
 Patrick Eaves scored the only goal of the game for the Stars, who have lost
 their last six games (0-4-2). Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 shots in the loss.
 Dallas, which is nine points back of a wild card spot in the Western
 Conference, traded forward Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for
 defensive prospect Mattias Backman, forward prospect Mattias Janmark and a
 second-round pick in 2015. The Stars also sent a conditional third-round pick
 in 2015 to Detroit, but the pick goes back to Dallas if the Wings advance as
 far as the Eastern Conference Finals.
 Enroth, meanwhile, has not lost all four of his starts since being acquired
 from the Sabres and is 1-3-0 in his career versus the Islanders with a 2.73
 GAA and .923 save percentage.
 Fellow Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has yielded 14 goals over a
 personal three-game skid, is 5-4-1 in this series with the 4.11 GAA and .889
 save percentage.
 The Islanders have scored 18 goals over a three-game series win streak that
 includes a 7-5 home victory on Oct. 25. Frans Nielsen netted a third-period
 hat trick for New York in that contest.
 ANAHEIM DUCKS (40-17-7) AT ARIZONA COYOTES (20-36-7), 9 P.M.
 ( - The Anaheim Ducks bolstered their blue line ahead of the
 NHL trade deadline and may have one of those new faces in the lineup on
 Tuesday when they try to deal the Arizona Coyotes a club record-tying 10th
 straight loss.
 The Ducks swung deals to acquire three defenseman on Monday, getting James
 Wisniewski from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh
 Penguins and Korbinian Holzer from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 Only Despres has a chance to play tonight as Holzer recently suffered a
 concussion, while Wisniewski could miss up to two weeks with a bone bruise in
 his left foot.
 The 31-year-old Wisniewski had eight goals, including seven on the power play,
 and 21 assists in 56 games with the Blue Jackets this season and was acquired
 along with a 2015 third-round draft pick for forwards Rene Bourque and
 William Karlsson and a 2015 second-round draft pick.
 Holzer, meanwhile, cost the Ducks the expiring contract of defenseman Eric
 Brewer and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, while the 23-year-old Despres was
 traded to the Pens for defenseman Ben Lovejoy.
 Despres had participated in a career-high 59 games this season with
 Pittsburgh, totaling personal bests of 15 assists and 17 points along with 64
 penalty minutes.
 The three blueliners join a Ducks club that has a 12-point edge over the
 Vancouver Canucks for first place in the Pacific Division and is two points
 behind the NHL-leading Nashville Predators in the overall standings.
 Anaheim has won five of its past six games, taking down the Dallas Stars 3-1
 on Sunday. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist, while
 Clayton Stoner also scored.
 "The one thing we are is comfortable in one-goal games," said Getzlaf. "They
 came on strong. I have to give them credit. They came out really hard in the
 second period. I don't think we handled it the way we wanted to, but we got
 the job done.
 Getzlaf reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his career and also
 reached 669 career points to tie Paul Kariya for second place on the Ducks'
 all-time list.
 John Gibson stopped a career-high 39 shots against the Stars and the rookie
 has never before faced the Coyotes. It is unknown if he will get the chance
 tonight or if Frederik Andersen is ready to make his first start since
 suffering a neck injury versus Tampa Bay on Feb. 8.
 Andersen is 1-0-2 with a 1.27 goals against average and .951 save percentage
 in three career meetings with the Coyotes.
 Anaheim will host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and is 6-0-2 in its past
 eight meetings with Arizona.
 The Coyotes are set to play six in a row and nine of their next 10 at home.
 They hope to kick off that favorable stretch tonight by snapping a nine-game
 losing streak, a slump that is just one loss shy of matching the longest skid
 in club history most recently set from Feb. 6-25, 1994 when the franchise was
 still in Winnipeg.
 Arizona went winless on a four-game road trip, losing 4-1 to the Boston Bruins
 on Saturday. Martin Erat had the only goal and Mike Smith yielded all four
 goals on 20 shots. He was pulled in the second period in favor of Louis
 Domingue, who turned aside all 14 shots he faced.
 Head coach Dave Tippett admitted the looming trade deadline was probably
 impacting his club.
 "It's a miserable feeling in there between losing and guys not knowing where
 they're going to be," said Tippett. "Hopefully we can get past that and come
 out of the deadline with whoever is in the lineup and get to work."
 The deadline has in fact passed with the Coyotes making a trio of trades over
 a three-day span. They began the fire sale by dealing forward Antoine Vermette
 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, then pulled off a huge deal on Sunday
 in shipping defenseman Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers.
 The 28-year-old rearguard was the centerpiece of the deal that saw Yandle,
 along with fellow defenseman Chris Summers and a fourth-round draft pick in
 2016 head to Manhattan for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony
 Duclair as well as a second-round pick in 2015 and a conditional first-round
 selection in 2016.
 Yandle posted 41 points but was a staggering minus-32 playing heavy minutes
 against top competition (23:55 per game) over 63 appearances for Arizona this
 season, his ninth NHL campaign.
 General manager Don Maloney then completed his rebuild on Monday ahead of the
 deadline, shipping injured defenseman Zbynek Michalek to the St. Louis Blues
 along with a conditional third-round draft pick for forward prospect Maxim
 The Coyotes also claimed forwards Tye McGinn (San Jose sharks) and Craig
 Cunningham (Boston Bruins) off waivers.
 Smith is 9-6-2 in his career versus the Ducks with a 2.77 GAA, .905 save
 percentage and two shutouts in 19 games (17 starts) versus the Ducks.
 LOS ANGELES KINGS (29-21-12) AT EDMONTON OILERS (18-35-10), 9:30 P.M.
 ( - The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid a fourth loss in
 a row on Tuesday night when the playoff hopefuls visit the Edmonton Oilers.
 The Kings have followed up an eight-game winning streak with a trio of losses,
 including setbacks in Anaheim and Winnipeg to begin a three-game road trip.
 That has Los Angeles tied for third place in the Pacific Division with Calgary
 and San Jose with 70 points each.
 All three teams are in action tonight on the road, with the Flames visiting
 the Philadelphia Flyers and the Sharks taking on the Vancouver Canucks.
 Los Angeles was bested 5-2 on Sunday by the Jets, with Jeff Carter scoring
 However, Jonathan Quick gave up four goals on 21 shots through two periods
 before getting lifted in favor of Martin Jones, who stopped all seven shots he
 faced in relief.
 "I do not even think it was close to be honest with you," said Carter. "We
 know what to expect coming in here. We have played here for the last four or
 five years. We did not play near close to what we should be playing to even
 come close to getting two points."
 Carter's two goals gave him a team-leading 20 on the season and he has posted
 six goals and six assists over his last nine games.
 The Oilers are coming off their fifth loss in seven games, defeated 2-1 by the
 St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Justin Schultz scored and Ben Scrivens allowed
 two goals on 27 shots.
 "This one was a tough one to swallow," Oilers forward Jordan Eberle said. "We
 really wanted to beat these guys."
 Defenseman Jeff Petry was made a healthy scratch for Saturday's game and was
 traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday in exchange for a pair of 2015
 draft picks.
 The Oilers received a second-round choice and a conditional fifth-round
 selection, which the Canadiens had previously acquired from Colorado.
 Petry has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 59 games this season, his
 fifth in the NHL. The Oilers selected Petry in the second round of the 2006
 "As well as Jeff played all year, we can't lose sight of the big picture here,
 we can't lose sight of the fact that we're the 29th team in the league and we
 have to handle our assets appropriately," Edmonton general manager Craig
 MacTavish said on his club's website.
 The Oilers snapped a seven-game series losing streak to the Kings with a 3-2
 shootout win at home on Dec. 30, but Los Angeles has still won 13 of the
 previous 17 meetings.
 Quick is an excellent 12-1-5 in 18 lifetime meetings with the Oilers, posting
 a 1.52 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Scrivens, a former King
 netminder, is 1-1-0 in this matchup with a 3.22 GAA and .914 save percentage.
 SAN JOSE SHARKS (31-25-8) AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS (36-23-3), 10 P.M.
 ( - The San Jose Sharks look to close the gap on second-
 place Vancouver Tuesday night when they shoot for a fifth straight series road
 victory over the Canucks.
 The Sharks snapped an eight-game slide at home with last night's 4-0 victory
 over the Montreal Canadiens, getting 20 saves from Alex Stalock in his second
 shutout of the season and fourth of his career.
 Stalock won for the first time since Jan. 6 and secured San Jose's first win
 at home since Jan. 31. San Jose also opened up March with a victory after
 going just 3-8-2 in February.
 Newly-acquired Ben Smith had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while Joe
 Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Matt Irwin all scored in the win.
 San Jose got Smith and a conditional seventh-round selection in 2017 from the
 Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Andrew Desjardins on Monday, and
 also sent forward Tyler Kennedy to the New York Islanders for a conditional
 "This was a really good game and that's the way it has to be," said Pavelski.
 "We took care of business tonight and it was good to see the guys all playing
 together tonight."
 San Jose moved into a three-way tie for third place in the Pacific Division
 with Calgary and Los Angeles. All three clubs have 70 points -- five back of
 second-place Vancouver -- and are in action tonight. The Flames visit the
 Philadelphia Flyers while the Kings take on the hosting Edmonton Oilers.
 Though the Canucks have won two of three versus the Sharks this season, with
 the clubs wrapping their five-game set on Saturday in San Jose, the Sharks
 have won seven of the previous 10 encounters overall and four straight in
 Antti Niemi is the likely starter tonight for San Jose and is 10-8-2 with a
 2.57 goals against average and .914 save percentage in 20 previous meetings
 with the Canucks.
 The Canucks have won seven of their last 10 games and recovered from blowing a
 three-goal lead in the third period on Sunday to top the St. Louis Blues 6-5
 in a shootout.
 Chris Higgins had the deciding shootout tally and Eddie Lack secured the win
 in the tiebreaker by turning aside T.J. Oshie. Lack made 35 saves through
 "I was thinking to myself if the boys score five for me and we can't win,
 there is something wrong," Lack told "It was a weird game and I kept
 battling and it's a very big win for us."
 Shawn Matthias, Yannick Weber, Jannik Hansen, Henrik Sedin and Nick Bonino
 tallied in regulation for the Canucks.
 Lack was making his third start in a row since No. 1 goaltender Ryan Miller
 went down with a right knee injury, but Jacob Markstrom could get the start
 tonight. It would be the first of his career versus the Sharks, who he has
 faced once before in relief.
 03/03 10:57:50 ET

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