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Tuesday, January 7th (All times Eastern)

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-16-9) AT BUFFALO SABRES (12-26-4), 7 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The streaking Carolina Hurricanes will take aim at a fifth straight victory when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for Tuesday's clash at First Niagara Center.

The Hurricanes have won four in a row to post their longest winning streak of the season, but Carolina hasn't won five straight tilts since a seven-game winning streak from Feb. 5-March 4, 2010.

Each of Carolina's wins during its current hot streak have come by one-goal margins, including Sunday's 2-1 home decision against the Nashville Predators. Jeff Skinner once again played a major role in the outcome, as he scored the game-winner with 3:31 remaining in the third period to lift the Hurricanes to the close win at PNC Arena.

Skinner, who assisted on Carolina's other goal on Sunday, recently was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 5. He led all NHLers during that time period with six goals and nine points over four games. Skinner has 20 goals and 33 points in 32 games this season.

Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist on Sunday, while Tuomo Ruutu chipped in with a pair of helpers. Anton Khudobin made 31 saves in the win to earn the victory.

"The guys we needed to score for us in a grinding type game came through for us," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.

Carolina is 9-8-4 as the road club this season, but can pick up a third straight win as the guest tonight. The Hurricanes are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Buffalo and have taken three straight and four of five overall in this series.

Buffalo, which is still last in the NHL with 28 points, was able to halt a two-game slide in its last outing, edging the visiting New Jersey Devils in a 2-1 decision on Saturday. Matt D'Agostini scored the winner in the third period as Buffalo picked up a fourth straight home victory.

The Sabres are 9-12-2 as the host this season compared to a dreadful 3-14-2 mark on the road.

Matt Moulson had the other goal on Saturday, while Ryan Miller made 21 saves for the win.

The decisive goal came on the power play as Dainius Zubrus was in the box for interference. Steve Ott took a pass in the deep right boards and tried to wrap it in. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made the initial save, but the rebound kicked out front and D'Agostini slammed it home with 8:11 to play.

It was the first goal of the season for the winger in his 24th game.

"It was good. I've been getting the chances, just not capitalizing on them," said D'Agostini, who was traded from Pittsburgh to Buffalo earlier this season. "I was trying not to let that wear on me too much and just keep playing my game, but it was good to get one to fall tonight."

The Sabres are playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand on Tuesday and will complete the residency Thursday versus Florida.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (15-22-7) AT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (21-17-5), 7 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Whatever confidence the Toronto Maple Leafs earned by winning the 2014 Winter Classic came crashing down in the club's next trip to the ice.

On Tuesday, the Maple Leafs hope to rebound from a lopsided defeat when they host the surging New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto posted a 3-2 shootout win while battling the Detroit Red Wings and snowy conditions on New Year's Day in Ann Arbor. The outdoor victory was the third straight win for the Maple Leafs, but that streak came to an abrupt halt with Saturday's 7-1 rout at the hands of the visiting New York Rangers.

New York grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period and extend that cushion to five goals before Toronto finally reached the scoreboard late in the second period. When the dust finally settled, the Rangers wound up scoring seven goals in Toronto for the first time since winning 8-2 at Maple Leaf Gardens on March 14, 1990.

Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal for Toronto and Jonathan Bernier let in five goals on 32 shots before being pulled. James Reimer played the last 23- plus minutes in net and gave up two goals on 18 shots.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said he thought the Winter Classic would have an adverse effect on his team's skating, but also didn't believe the "hangover" should've lasted more than a period.

"That would be my assumption of it, that you might start out flat for a period but you'd be able to get your legs back under you and get your game going to at least be more competitive," he said. "I expected a lot more from our group than what we got."

The Leafs hope to bounce back against an Islanders team that has lost two of three and five of the last eight games in this series. Toronto notched a 5-2 home win over New York back on Nov. 19, snapping the Isles' three-game winning streak at Air Canada Centre.

Leafs forward David Clarkson, who scored a goal when Toronto downed the visiting Islanders earlier this season, expects to miss Tuesday's tilt after injuring his left foot in Saturday's loss. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson also left that game an upper-body injury and is doubtful for tonight's test.

The Islanders enter Tuesday having won four of their last five games and the club is coming off Monday's lopsided win over the visiting Dallas Stars. John Tavares recorded his fifth career hat trick and tied a career-high with five points in leading the Isles to the rout of the Stars at Nassau Coliseum.

It was the highest goal total of the season for New York, which trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, but received a goal apiece from Peter Regin, Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait, along with all three of Tavares' tallies, to skate away with the victory.

With his huge night, Tavares pushed his point streak to five games. He has seven goals and five assists during the run and is third in the NHL with 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in 43 games this season.

"A lot of guys did great things," Tavares said. "I was just happy I was able to capitalize."

Evgeni Nabokov got the start in net for New York, but left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Kevin Poulin took over between the pipes and stopped 13 shots to pick up the victory.

Poulin expects to get the start tonight in Toronto. His only career appearance against the Maple Leafs came on Nov. 19, when he yielded five goals on 24 shots in a loss at ACC.

The Islanders will try to stay hot when they begin a six-game road trip tonight. New York is just 8-13-0 as the guest this season, but has won four straight away from Long Island.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (21-17-4) AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS (17-18-8), 7:30 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils hope to avoid a three-game losing streak when they welcome the rival Philadelphia Flyers for a Metropolitan Division battle at Prudential Center.

After winning their final two games in December, the Devils are 0-2-0 to begin the 2014 calendar year. New Jersey will try to get back on track Tuesday when it kicks off a three-game homestand that will also feature visits from Dallas and Florida.

The Devils lost 5-3 against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and were dealt a 2-1 regulation setback the following night in Buffalo. Journeyman forward Matt D'Agostini, who briefly played for New Jersey last season, scored the winner in the third period to lift the Sabres to Saturday's close victory.

Michael Ryder scored the only goal of the game for the Devils, while Cory Schneider allowed both goals on 22 shots in the loss.

"I've got to find a way to get it done and win games this time of the year," said Schneider. "You can say it all you want, but you have to make it happen."

Despite boasting a strong 2.13 goals against average and solid .914 save percentage this season, Schneider fell to 5-9-5 in his first campaign with the Devils. Martin Brodeur, who is 12-9-3 with a 2.36 GAA and .903 save percentage this season, will get the start in net on Tuesday.

Brodeur is 49-31-3 with six ties and a 2.38 GAA in 90 career games against the Flyers.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, hopes to close out what so far has been a successful road trip with another win. The Flyers are 4-1-0 during the six-game swing and won for the fifth time in six games with Saturday's comeback victory in Phoenix.

The Flyers trailed the Coyotes by 2-0 and 3-1 scores on Saturday before Philly rallied for a 5-3 triumph. Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux lit the lamp in the third period to help the Flyers rebound from Thursday's 2-1 regulation loss at Colorado.

Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, while Steve Mason came up with 26 saves.

"In the beginning of the season we would just fold but right now we believe in ourselves and that we can come back from any deficit," said Voracek. "This is a tough building and a tough team, so this is big for us."

Philadelphia, which is 10-10-4 on the road this season, halted a four-game slide in New Jersey when it notched a 1-0 win at the Prudential Center on Nov. 2. Ray Emery needed to make only 14 saves and Schenn scored to help the Flyers down Brodeur and the Devils. However, Brodeur answered that loss less than a week later, posting a shutout in a 3-0 triumph over the Devils on Nov. 7.

Brodeur has 12 shutouts against the Flyers during his standout career. Mason is 0-3-0 with a 3.68 GAA in his career against New Jersey, but Emery is 6-4-2 with a 1.91 GAA in this matchup. With Philadelphia playing Wednesday against Montreal, the Flyers could opt to use Mason tonight and then start Emery tomorrow against the Canadiens.

Philadelphia is currently tied with Washington for second place in the Metro Division, but the Flyers are still a whopping 17 points in back of first-place Pittsburgh.

The Devils are sitting sixth in the division with 42 points, but are only four points in back of Philadelphia.

SAN JOSE SHARKS (27-10-6) AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS (18-19-6), 8 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks will try to cap a three-game road trip on a positive note when they visit the sliding Nashville Predators for Tuesday's clash at Bridgestone Arena.

The Sharks, winners of six of their last eight games, are 1-1-0 so far on their swing and are coming off Sunday's shootout win in Chicago. San Jose trailed 2-1 early in the third period, but wound up notching an impressive 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions,

San Jose went ahead 1-0 on Jason Demers goal midway through the first and the score stayed that way until Chicago tallied twice early in the third period. Niklas Hjalmarsson scored 1:27 into the third to tie it and Michal Rozsival pushed the Blackhawks in front at the 4:01 mark.

However, Brent Burns' 14th marker of the season evened things at 2-2 with 11:10 left in the third. The equalizer allowed San Jose to eventually win in the shootout, as Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski both scored in the decisive phase to help the Sharks gain the extra point.

Alex Stalock stopped 33-of-35 shots for San Jose through regulation and overtime and then denied both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp in the shootout.

"In my opinion, (Chicago) and (the Anaheim Ducks) are the best two teams in the (Western Conference), so to come in here in their building and beat them, it's a huge feather in our cap," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.

The win was only the second in the last five road games for San Jose, which improved to 12-9-3 as the guest this season,

The Sharks announced some bad news regarding Couture, revealing Tuesday that the key forward needs to have surgery for a lingering upper-body injury. Couture is scheduled to undergo the procedure on Wednesday and reports suggest he will miss 3-to-4 weeks of action.

"For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper body injury," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem."

Couture has 14 goals and 21 assists in 43 games this season.

Nashville recently lost all three games of a three-game road trip, going 0-1-2 on a tour of Eastern Conference cities. The Preds lost in overtime at Boston and suffered a shootout loss against Florida before losing Sunday in regulation versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner with 3:31 remaining in the third to lift the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over Nashville.

The Predators hope to get back on track tonight when they begin a five-game stay at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is 10-8-3 on home ice this season compared to an 8-11-3 mark everywhere else.

Patric Hornqvist scored the lone goal for the Predators on Sunday, as the club lost for the seventh time in nine games. Carter Hutton made 23 saves in a losing effort.

"They put a lot into it. We should have had five out of six points on this trip. We come back with two and that's discouraging," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz.

The Predators, however, have fared well in recent meetings versus San Jose, winning three of four and five of the last seven games in this series. The Sharks also have lost three straight in the Music City and Nashville holds a 6-2-1 record in the past nine meetings at Bridgestone Arena.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (25-13-4) AT WINNIPEG JETS (19-21-5), 8 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning may be without their No. 1 goaltender on Tuesday night when they conclude a four-game road trip versus the Winnipeg Jets.

The Lightning picked up a win in the first two stops of this swing through Western Canada, downing the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. Tampa Bay, though, lost a 5-3 decision and starting goaltender Ben Bishop to injury in Edmonton on Sunday.

Bishop yielded a goal on the only shot he faced before getting lifted just 4:18 into the game with an upper-body injury. Anders Lindback yielded four goals on 25 shots in relief.

Bishop has been a huge boost to a Lightning club that has been without star winger Steven Stamkos since mid-November due to a broken right tibia. The netminder, who is day-to-day, is among the league leaders with a 22-5-3 record, 1.86 goals against average, .935 save percentage and four shutouts in 32 starts.

Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal for Tampa Bay, which had won five straight on the road. Matt Carle notched two assists.

"It was a little disappointing how we came out. It is a tough league and takes a lot of energy to come back. I thought we had ample chances," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

Ondrej Palat had an assist to give him two goals and five helpers over a six- game point streak, while Hedman extended a career high with his eighth goal of the season. The second overall pick of the 2009 draft is also just four points shy of the personal-best 26 he posted during his second NHL season in 2010-11.

If Lindback gets the start tonight, it would be his second appearance versus the Jets this season. He stopped 34 shots in a 2-1 overtime home setback to Winnipeg back on Dec. 7, falling to 1-1-2 with a 2.49 GAA in his career versus the franchise.

Winnipeg got the win thanks to Mark Scheifele's tally 1:04 into overtime and Al Montoya came up with 28 saves in the Jets' fourth straight win over the Lightning.

The Jets are 7-1-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Bolts overall and have come 4-0-1 at home in this series since relocating to Winnipeg ahead of the 2011-12 season.

Following a winless three-game road trip, Winnipeg returns home looking to avoid a fourth straight loss. The Jets capped their swing with a 6-5 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Evander Kane potted a pair of goals and added an assist, while Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Blake Wheeler each lit the lamp once as the Jets lost their 13th straight in Pittsburgh.

"Every time we come in here, it's the same," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said of the lengthy losing skid in Pittsburgh. "And they gave us five goals, so it's not like they were putting on a clinic."

Montoya allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat and that rough outing could lead to Noel giving Ondrej Pavelec the start tonight.

Pavelec is 7-5-6 with a 2.92 GAA in his career versus the Lightning.

CALGARY FLAMES (15-21-6) AT PHOENIX COYOTES (20-12-9), 9 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of struggling Pacific Division clubs will meet Tuesday in the desert, as the Phoenix Coyotes host the Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena.

While Calgary has lost five in a row, the Coyotes have dropped two straight, five of six and eight of their last 10 games. Phoenix appeared on its way to a win in Saturday's home tilt against Philadelphia before allowing the Flyers to rally for a 5-3 decision.

The Coyotes led the Flyers by scores of 2-0 and 3-1 on Saturday, but Philly notched the final four goals of the contest to win it in regulation.

Rob Klinkhammer, Lauri Korpikoski and Mikkel Boedker tallied for the Coyotes, who failed to receive a boost from the return of captain Shane Doan. Doan had been sidelined for a month while battling Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The veteran winger failed to register a point in 18 minutes, 38 seconds of ice time during his first outing since Dec. 4.

Mike Smith gave up four goals on 27 shots to lose his fourth straight decision.

"When you make mistakes and your goaltender is not cleaning them up, you end up where we're at," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.

The Coyotes played Saturday without key defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and he expects to miss another tilt on Tuesday due to his upper-body injury. Ekman- Larsson, who has four goals and 22 points in 40 games this season, could return later this week, according to Tippett.

Thomas Greiss could get the call in net for Phoenix on Tuesday, although he is 0-2-0 with a 3.55 goals against average in two career games versus the Flames. Calgary scored four time against Greiss in a 4-1 home victory over the Coyotes on Dec. 4.

The Flames have fared well against Phoenix recently, taking three of four and five of the last seven meetings in this series overall. The Coyotes, however, have won two in a row and seven of the past eight encounters at Jobing.com Arena.

Calgary halted a four-game slide with Monday's win at Colorado, picking up just its second win in 10 trips to the ice. Another victory on Tuesday would give the Flames their first set of consecutive wins since they beat Carolina and Buffalo on Dec. 12 and 14, respectively.

The Flames, who are in 13th place out of 14 teams in the Western Conference, used a Mike Cammalleri power-play goal with 3:30 to play on Monday to down the Avalanche by a 4-3 score.

Jiri Hudler and Joe Colborne each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Monahan scored the other goal for the Flames, who won for just the third time in their past 11 games. Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots in the win.

"I thought it started with our power play tonight," said Cammalleri. "Our competition level was better and we were able to stick with our game plan. We did a really good job with faceoffs tonight and one-on-one battles."

Reto Berra could get the call in net for the Flames on Tuesday. He has never faced the Coyotes.

The Flames are 8-10-3 as the visiting team this season and will complete a brief two-game swing tonight.

ST. LOUIS BLUES (29-7-5) AT EDMONTON OILERS (14-26-5), 9:30 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues take aim at a season-high sixth straight victory on Tuesday night as they try and hand the Edmonton Oilers another lopsided defeat this season.

The Blues have logged a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) and sit second overall in the Central Division with 63 points, four back of the Chicago Blackhawks.

St. Louis will play three straight on the road beginning tonight after besting the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Saturday. That win improved the Blues to 17-3-2 at home this season.

Down 2-0 going into the second period, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals to put the Blues in front. Berglund then began another three-goal spurt in the third period with his sixth tally of the season before Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo capped the scoring with goals.

"I think it shows a lot of character that we have on this team," said Lapierre. "The game is never over and it's really important because these things happen in the playoffs and you have to get used to it."

In his fourth straight start, Brian Elliott made 22 saves for a Blues club that also won five straight from Nov. 19-27 and last won six in a row from April 1-11.

Elliott has won each of his last six decisions and 13 in a row at home, while Schwartz has logged 10 points over a career-high eight-game point streak. He has scored a goal in seven of those games.

Schwartz tallied once in a 6-0 win over the hosting Oilers back on Dec. 21. Christ Stewart notched his third career hat trick in the win while adding an assist, and Elliott made 23 saves.

Berglund also had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have beaten the Oilers in six of seven and in 12 of the previous 15 meetings. They have taken three in a row and six of the last eight in Edmonton.

Ilya Bryzgalov yielded all six goals on 33 shots for the Oilers.

That loss to St. Louis was Edmonton's sixth in a row, a slump it snapped with back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Calgary.

The Oilers then lost another four in a row, the first two past regulation, before a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Jordan Eberle, who missed Friday's loss to Anaheim with a knee injury, scored twice and Boyd Gordon had the game-winner 8:20 into the third period.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and Bryzgalov made 24 saves as Edmonton recovered after failing to hold a 3-1 lead.

"We had success when we were getting pucks in behind them," Eberle said.

Hall has notched four goals and nine assists over 13 points over his last nine games.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (31-12-1) AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS (23-13-8), 10 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin and James Neal have combined for 78 points in 57 games this season.

Imagine if they had both been healthy all campaign long.

The potent Penguins look to deal the Vancouver Canucks a fifth straight loss on Monday night as the two clubs clash for the second and final time this regular season.

Pittsburgh is leading the Eastern Conference with 63 points as it has been able to overcome a number of injuries this season. One of the most recent was to Malkin, who sat out nine straight games with a lower-body injury before returning in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Though understandably tired afterwards, Malkin didn't miss a beat by logging a pair of goals and an assist. That gave the forward 11 goals and 44 points in just 33 games this season.

"Tough game for me. I'm a little bit tired, but thanks to my linemates. They did a great job. Most of the time we were in the offensive zone," said Malkin.

"I missed lots of game. I'm excited to be back and just have fun."

Neal certainly enjoyed Malkin's return, notching two goals and an assist himself. Neal has 16 goals and 34 points in 24 games this season, missing 15 earlier in the campaign with a lower-body injury before sitting out another five in early December due to a suspension.

Matt Niskanen had the go-ahead goal in Sunday's win and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 saves. Kris Letang returned from a 10-game absence caused by an elbow issue and had an assist.

Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in its last five games and for the 12th time in a row at home to match a club record. The Pens will have to wait to try and set a new mark as their next three are on the road.

The triumph was Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma's 232nd career win, tying him with Eddie Johnson for the most victories in franchise history as well.

The Canucks will try to delay Bylsma becoming the Pens' all-time wins leader and avoid a fifth loss in a row. They are 0-2-2 in their past four, the second-longest losing stretch of the season behind just an 0-3-2 skid from Nov. 9-19.

Vancouver faded on Sunday versus the Anaheim Ducks, giving up a game-tying goal with under two minutes to go in the third period and then the overtime winner in a 4-3 setback with 0.6 seconds left in overtime.

The Canucks were outshot 24-8 over the final two periods and overtime.

"We've beaten ourselves a little bit. We've had a lot of struggles in a lot of different areas the past couple of games. We have to keep our heads and keep on working at our game," said Canucks coach John Tortorella.

Henrik Sedin recorded a goal and two assists, while Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa scored for Vancouver. Daniel Sedin finished with three assists and Eddie Lack did his best with 45 saves.

Lack got the start after Roberto Luongo got hurt in a collision in net versus the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Luongo had just returned from a brief three-game absence caused by a lower-body injury.

It is unknown how long Luongo will be out and Lack is likely to get the start tonight, his first versus the Penguins.

Pittsburgh has won its last three versus Vancouver, the last two in a shootout. That includes a 4-3 home win on Oct. 19 in the first of two meetings this season.

Malkin had the winner in the third round and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists as Fleury made 36 saves.

Luongo turned aside 25 shots in the setback.

BOSTON BRUINS (28-12-2) AT ANAHEIM DUCKS (31-8-5), 10 P.M.

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Tuesday, January 7th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (28-12-2) at Anaheim Ducks (31-8-5), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks gave their fans a big scare last time out before eventually extending their season-opening point streak at home.

The Ducks aim to complete a perfect four-game homestand on Tuesday night as they welcome the Boston Bruins, who begin a three-game tour of California.

After notching 11 goals in winning the first two games of their homestand, the Ducks trailed by a goal late versus the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday before Nick Bonino notched a game-tying tally with 1:27 to play in overtime.

The game then appeared headed to a shootout despite Anaheim skating on a late 4-on-3 power play in overtime, but Corey Perry lit the lamp with 0.6 seconds left on the clock off a feed from Ryan Getzlaf to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.

"I knew there wasn't much time left, coming into the zone. I saw a couple seconds on the clock, and just yelled for the puck," said Perry. "I knew I would shoot it right away. It wasn't hard, but it probably fooled (Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack) more than anything. It found a way in.

"Of all the places I shot tonight, a trickler is the one that goes in."

Perry picked up his team-leading 23rd goal of the season, while Getzlaf continues to lead the Ducks with 28 assists and 48 points.

The duo's game-winning hookup, along with 17 saves from Jonas Hiller, improved Anaheim to 17-0-2 at home this season. The Ducks are the fifth club since 1973-74 to record a point in each of its first 19 home games of the season.

The last to do so was the San Jose Sharks, who went 20-0-2 over their first 22 home games of the 2008-09 campaign.

Hiller, meanwhile, extended his club-record winning streak to 11 straight games. He is the first NHL goaltender to win 11 games in a row since Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes from Feb. 4-28, 2012.

Anaheim has won 13 of its last 14 games overall.

The Bruins could threaten the Ducks' point streak as they come to town having won five of their last seven contests. They won the final two of a three-game homestand, including Saturday's 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

Defenseman Torey Krug sparked the offense with a pair of goals and an assist, giving the rookie 10 goals and 23 points in 42 games this season.

"He's been a great asset to our hockey club and an asset that we had been looking for a long time," noted Claude Julien about Krug.

Daniel Paille also scored and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves in Julien's 500th game behind the Boston bench.

"Nice to be here for that long, and like I always say, I hope I can be here for another 500," said Julien, who has gone 284-158-58 with the Bruins.

Boston is also set to visit the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on this trip, but first try to secure a third straight victory over Anaheim.

The Bruins logged a 3-2 shootout win at home over the Ducks on Oct. 31, with Jarome Iginla scoring the lone goal of the tiebreaker.

Both Hiller and Rask made 21 saves through overtime.

Rask improved to 1-1-0 with a 2.90 goals against average in two career meetings with the Ducks, while Hiller, named to Team Switzerland for the 2014 Winter Games on Monday, fell to 3-1-1 with a 2.12 GAA in his career when facing the Bruins.

MINNESOTA WILD (22-17-5) AT LOS ANGELES KINGS (26-13-4), 10:30 P.M.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings used the return of world-class goaltender Jonathan Quick to help snap their longest losing streak of the season.

The Minnesota Wild will have to try and further bury a recent losing streak without one of their top scoring threats.

The Kings try to deny the Wild a third straight victory on Tuesday night when the clubs meet for the first time since their respective season openers.

Los Angeles went into Saturday's home meeting with the Vancouver Canucks off a winless four-game road trip that pushed their losing streak to five in a row overall. The Kings had been held to six goals and shut out twice over the skid, but got 27 stops from Quick in a 3-1 win.

Quick was solid in his return from a strained groin that sidelined him for 24 games. However, he showed little rust in his first game action since Nov. 12.

"The team played great in front of me. I had a few rebounds that got away from me and guys cleared them out," said Quick.

Dustin Brown had a goal and Jeff Carter scored twice, one an empty-netter, in head coach Darryl Sutter's 1,000th NHL game behind the bench.

Carter has eight goals and 14 points in his last 12 games. He has seven goals and nine points in 14 career games versus the Wild, who have opened the new year with back-to-back wins after closing December on a six-game losing streak.

Minnesota is aiming to win three in a row for the first time since a four-game run from Nov. 9-17, but will be without captain Mikko Koivu for the next four weeks after he underwent surgery on Monday on a fractured ankle suffered while blocking a shot in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals.

Koivu is tops on the club with 27 assists and 35 points, notching a pair of helpers in the win over the Caps to give him eight points over a five-game point streak.

Koivu and netminder Josh Harding (illness) were both placed on injured reserve Monday.

With Koivu out, the Wild could use more support like Ryan Suter gave on Saturday. He notched the first hat trick of his career and first by a defenseman in team history.

Suter scored a pair of power-play goals 38 seconds apart in the second period to put the Wild in front by one and later finished his trick midway through the third frame.

"I can't even score two in summer hockey. I can't get the smile off my face," said Suter, who has scored all five of his goals this season over the past four games.

Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter scored the other goals for the Wild, while Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 27 shots.

The Wild hosted the Kings in the first of three meetings this season back on Oct. 3, with Los Angeles claiming a 3-2 shootout win. Carter netted a game- tying goal on Backstrom late in the third period before notching a shootout tally as well.

Quick made 27 saves and stopped both skaters he faced in the tiebreaker to improve to 8-3-2 with a 2.56 goals against average in his career versus the Wild.

Backstrom made just 16 saves through overtime and is 8-6-4 in his career versus the Kings with a 2.41 GAA and two shutouts.

Los Angeles has won six of its past nine at home against Minnesota.

01/07 11:49:01 ET

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