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NHL: 3 things for Monday

11/24/2014 12:39 EST | Updated 01/24/2015 05:59 EST
Monday night in the NHL features a rumoured retirement announcement in Detroit, a pair of somewhat struggling powerhouses meeting in Pittsburgh and two division opponents heading in opposite directions.

Here are 3 things to know for your Monday hockey viewing.

Wings' Alfredsson calling it quits?

With the Ottawa Senators (9-6-4) meeting the Red Wings in Detroit (10-5-5) the rumour mill is swirling that Daniel Alfredsson may choose to announce his retirement at the age of 41.

The former Senators captain who scored most of his 444 NHL goals for Ottawa, has yet to play for the Red Wings this season after being plagued by recurring disk problems. Last season in 68 games with Detroit, Alfredsson had 18 goals and 49 points.

Three years ago Alfredsson had back surgery and the recurring disk problems have caused a loss of power in his leg.

The Senators and the Red Wings come into the game on one-game losing streaks and both have experienced third period letdowns of late, The Wings lost their last start in Toronto Saturday night when they allowed the Leafs to score three unanswered goals, including a shorthanded backbreaker.

Power shortage for Bruins, Crosby slump

The depleted Boston Bruins (13-9-0), minus forwards David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly, and defenceman Zdeno Chara among others in the defence corps, skate into Pittsburgh (13-4-2) against a Penguins' line-up that dropped a home-and-home series on the weekend to the New York Islanders.

What's more for the Penguins is that Sidney Crosby was held off the scoresheet in both games, although the Penguins did secure a point with their shootout loss (see below) Friday. Crosby, with 26 points this season (tied for second in the NHL), has not gone three games in a row without a point since Oct. 31 to Nov. 10, 2009.

Marc-Andre Fleury, 8-8-1, with a 1.96 goals against average in his last 10 starts is expected to start in goal for the Penguins.

The Bruins, 3-3 in their last half dozen starts, have only scored nine goals in those six games. They are, however, 6-1 against the Penguins in their last seven meetings.

Islanders riding hot streak

Off to their best 20-game start since the 1987-88 season, the New York Islanders (14-6-0) carry a three-game win streak into their home game against the Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-2).

John Tavares is maintaining a point-a-game average as he leads the Isles who have fashioned a 6-2-0 record at home.

Isles' goaltender Jaroslav Halak has won his last six games, two of them with shutouts.

The Flyers' have the NHL's scoring leader in Jakub Voracek, who leads in points (29) and assists (22), but they've won only one of their last five starts. 

The win came Saturday, 4-2 over Columbus, and it came on the heels of a closed door meeting where general manager Ron Hextall came down hard on the struggling Flyers.

They have seven of their next 8 games on the road where the Flyers are only 2-6-0 to start the season.

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