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NHL: 7 things to know for Tuesday night

11/04/2014 12:27 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST
It's one of those rare nights on the National Hockey League schedule where all seven Canadian teams are suiting up to play, and each will face an American-based foe.

Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg are on win streaks of two or more games, with the Leafs and Flames on the road while the Jets play at home.

Here's what you need to know for Tuesday's games:

Leafs most comfortable on the road

While the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-4-1) have won four of their last five games, including two of their last three at home, they are most comfortable on the road so far, with a 3-0-1 record and 15 goals scored away from the Air Canada Centre.

Toronto hits the road for a two-game swing starting tonight at Arizona (4-6-1). The Leafs are coming off Saturday's hard-fought 3-2 win over Chicago where goaltender James Reimer shut down the Blackhawks for the final 35 minutes despite the Leafs being outshot 47-27. James van Riemsdyk scored his 100th goal in the win.

Canadiens searching for offence

Where has the Habs' offence gone? Despite a strong start (8-3-1) the Canadiens have dropped two games in a row and have scored only five goals in their last four starts.

Calgary came into town Sunday and blasted the Habs to the tune of 6-2 to begin Montreal's homestand. Now the Canadiens welcome the Blackhawks (6-5-1), who have lost two in a row and five of seven.

Chicago has been shut out twice this season already after being white-washed only four times in the entire 2013-14 season.

Flames heating up with young firepower

After topping the Canadiens on Saturday on the strength of two goals by Josh Jooris and two assists from fellow rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames (7-4-2) carry a two-game win streak into Washington.

Calgary's been getting strong goaltending from Jonas Hiller (5-0-1), while Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in the first meeting between the two clubs, won by Washington 3-1.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz came down hard on his charges after they turned a 3-1 lead into a 6-5 loss at home to Arizona. That was the Caps' fourth loss in a row, dropping their record to 4-5-2.

The one silver lining was that Alex Ovechkin snapped a long goalless streak, connecting for a goal and three assists in the loss to the Coyotes.

Surging Jets try to extend shutout streak

The Jets (6-5-1) are on home ice facing Nashville (7-2-2) and riding a 4-0-1 surge that includes back-to-back shutouts by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson. They edged the Blackhawks 1-0 Sunday after winning a shootout Saturday against the New York Rangers that followed 65 minutes of scoreless hockey.

It's the first time since October 2006 that the Jets have had back-to-back shutouts. At the time, they were known as the Atlanta Thrashers.

Nashville's Filip Forsberg leads all rookie scorers with 11 points, including a three-point performance Sunday against Vancouver.

Canucks regroup on road

The Vancouver Canucks (8-4-0) begin a four-game road trip in Colorado in not the greatest of moods.

They dropped a 3-1 decision at home Sunday to Nashville and also lost their first match-up of the season with Colorado (3-5-5), buried 7-3 by the Avalanche.

Bo Horvat, the Canucks' first pick of the 2013 draft (ninth overall) could make his NHL debut in the Mile High city.

Undermanned Oilers face Flyers

The Edmonton Oilers (4-6-1) begin a five-game road trek at Philadelphia missing two key players. Taylor Hall is expected to miss three weeks with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

Captain Andrew Ference, meanwhile, is serving a three-game suspension for his hit to the head of Zack Kassian.

The streaky Oilers have lost two in a row after reeling off four straight victories.

The Flyers (4-5-2), who took three of four meetings with Edmonton last year, welcomed back Vincent Lecavalier to the line-up after he missed seven games with a foot injury. Lecavalier scored in his return in the Flyers' 2-1 loss to Florida Saturday.

Senators hope to close shooting gallery

Craig Anderson has a .934 save percentage for the Ottawa Senators (5-3-2), which is good. That the Sens are giving up a league-leading 36 shots per game is not. Their opposition Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings (6-2-3), are unbeaten in their last four visits to the nation's capital.

What's more is that the Red Wings expect to have Johan Franzen back in the line-up from a groin injury. Franzen has knocked in 11 goals against the Senators, including five in one game.

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