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NHL: 3 things to watch Sunday

11/30/2014 11:40 EST | Updated 01/30/2015 05:59 EST
In the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Vancouver Canucks are riding the hot goaltending of Ryan Miller as they battle the Red Wings in Detroit in the only NHL game on the schedule. The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, are about to blow a gasket. Here are 3 things to watch Sunday.

Miller takes shutout streak to Detroit

The Vancouver Canucks (16--6-1) are one of three NHL teams with 16 wins this season. Only the New York Islanders have more with 17.

Currently on a seven-game road swing, the Canucks have won three straight, in large part because of the standout goaltending provided by Ryan Miller. He's backstopped those last three wins and has back-to-back shutouts.

Vancouver's 5-0 win Friday in Columbus came as Miller stopped 31 shots. Here's one of the goals that helped break the game open. After previously blanking San Jose, Miller's shutout streak stood at 152 minutes, 5 seconds entering Sunday's matinee in Detroit.

Red Wings power play fuels winning ways

Detroit (13-5-5) is also on a three-game winning streak and has won five of their last six starts.

Their power play had clicked for five scores in those trio of victories and they've scored at least four goals in each of their last five wins.

The latest was Friday over New Jersey as the Red wings recovered from a three-goal deficit to win in a shootout.

Edmonton Oilers are blowing gaskets

Plenty of eyes are directed towards the Edmonton Oilers (6-14-4) who will carry a nine-game losing streak into their next start Monday at Arizona.

Something is going to happen soon, and it probably won't be good.

Their last two starts ended in remarkably similar fashion, each time with their goaltender coming off the ice smashing his stick in frustration. Each time they were victimized by a couple of the NHL's young snipers, Filip Forsberg and Vladimir Tarasenko.

Both Viktor Fasth, in a 1-0 overtime loss to Nashville and then Ben Scrivens, in a 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis, came storming off the ice. Here's the Tarasenko goal that eluded Scrivens.

The Oilers played well the last two games but adding to their win total of six has been a problem.

Stay tuned on that front.

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