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NHL: 5 things to know for Tuesday

10/28/2014 01:26 EDT | Updated 12/28/2014 05:59 EST
Six of the seven Canadian NHL teams are in action Tuesday night, with only the streaking Edmonton Oilers, who have won four games in a row, having the night off.

Here's what you need to know:

Leafs go as Kessel goes

Not to put too much pressure on one player, but the Toronto Maple Leafs (3-4-1) have yet to win a game when Phil Kessel doesn't score. They've also won all three games in which he did. And the streaky winger is mostly scoring in road games thus far, with the Leafs 1-4-0 on home ice.

They also have a bad habit of giving up the first goal. That's happened in all of their losses.

The good news for the Leafs is that they get to face the Buffalo Sabres (2-7-0), who are completing a four-game road trip with the first three on the west coast. The Sabres did manage to beat San Jose to break a four-game losing streak but are 0-for-30 on the power play and are surrendering the most shots per game in the league at 36.7.

Price 0-for-Alberta

Montreal goaltender Carey Price has never won in Alberta. He didn't play in the Canadiens' 3-0 loss Monday night in Edmonton, but he's expected between the pipes at the Saddledome against the Calgary Flames (5-4-1).

Price (6-1-0 for the season) is winless in three starts in Calgary, while the Canadiens haven't had any success there going all the way back to January of 2002.

The Flames haven't exactly torn things up at home, posting a 1-2-1 record in Calgary, while scoring two goals or less each game.

Defenceman Dennis Wideman, tied for the team lead in goals with five, is drawing praise from Flames coach Bob Hartley not only for his offence, but for his solid all-around defensive play.

Hurricanes eye ending winless streak

The Vancouver Canucks (5-3-0) have been closely watched of late by the opposition. That's because the Carolina Hurricanes (0-5-2), in the midst of a western road swing, were in town early and got a close-up look at the Canucks Sunday night while awaiting their matchup Tuesday.

What they saw won't bolster their shaky hopes of ending their seven-game winless streak. What they saw was the Canucks' second line of Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins combine for four points in the Canucks' 4-2 win over Washington to go along with the big line's two goals (by Henrik Sedin and Jiri Vrbata).

The best news for the Hurricanes is that Eric Staal may be back in the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury. Jeff Skinner, recently returned from a concussion, also notched his first goal of the season.

Senators look to get back on track

The Ottawa Senators (4-2-1), who lost two one-goal games in an emotional weekend at home, try to rebound in Columbus against the Blue Jackets (4-4-0).

Ottawa won the previous meeting, Oct. 18 in Ottawa, 3-2.

The status of Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno for the game is uncertain. Foligno left Sunday's game against Los Angeles in a neck brace but an MRI proved negative. Foligno hasn't ruled out playing on Tuesday.

Punchless Jets face high-scoring Isles

What happens when the NHL's highest-scoring team, the New York Islanders (6-2-0), meet the Winnipeg Jets (3-5-0), who are averaging less than two goals per game? We'll find out Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

Islanders centre Frans Nielsen, who had four assists early in the season, has turned into a goal scorer for the Islanders with four in his last two games.

Bryan Little tops Winnipeg with five goals but no one else seems able to find the range.

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