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NHL: 4 things to know for Sunday

12/07/2014 11:55 EST | Updated 02/06/2015 05:59 EST
The Canucks want to bounce back, the Sens want to stop that from happening, the Jets want to make some more magic at home, and the Oilers try to distract everyone from their off-ice issues (yeah, right). Here’s what you need to know Sunday in the NHL.

Right back at it

Neither the Ottawa Senators nor the Vancouver Canucks likely want to play Sunday night, after both teams had deflating losses a day earlier. But due to contractual obligations, play they must, so the Canucks will visit Ottawa at Scotiabank Place as they continue their Eastern road trip.

Vancouver is hoping to avoid back-to-back road losses for the second time this season after a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs a night earlier, in a game that saw Ryan Miller get chased from the net in the second period after giving up four goals on 14 shots. The bright side for the Canucks is that they rung up 44 shots on Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, who stole the show by stonewalling Vancouver’s top guns.

"It felt like we could've won this game," captain Henrik Sedin said. "Even down 4-0, I thought we created enough chances to come back in the game. We hit a few posts and weren't able to score more than two."

Ottawa dropped a crucial point (possibly two) by giving up a late winner in Pittsburgh. The Sens and Penguins were tied 2-2 when Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-winner for Pittsburgh with a little less than two minutes left in the game. It was Ottawa’s fifth loss in a row and the Sens are getting further and further away from the last wild card spot with each defeat.

"We're doing a lot of good things that enable us to win games and we're just not getting the results right now," said goalie Craig Anderson, who made 30 saves. "It can be frustrating at times, but if we keep focusing on the process and keep focusing on our game, the results will turn around for us and that's what the last few games have been about.

Home perfection?

The Winnipeg Jets are looking to sweep their three-game homestand when they host the Anaheim Ducks in a matinee matchup.

Winnipeg looked impressive in a dominant 6-2 victory on Friday over the Colorado Avalanche, which saw the first hat-trick by a Jet since the team moved from Atlanta in 2011 thanks to Bryan Little. He added an assist for a four-point night.

Anaheim suffered a potentially big blow when it saw star winger Corey Perry go down with a knee injury against Minnesota on Friday, after receiving a hip checkfrom Keith Ballard. He won’t play against Winnipeg and his return timetable is still unknown.

Circus returns to town

After making headlines as many wrong reasons as you can think of last week, the Edmonton Oilers are returning to the ice at Rexall Place on Sunday to face the San Jose Sharks, in hopes of drawing attention away from all of their issues. Good luck with that.

The basement-dwelling Oilers are in the midst of an atrocious 11-game losing streak, and have had three days to simmer and boil after blowing a late lead and losing 3-2 to the Jets in overtime on Wednesday.

That loss finally prompted Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish to hold a press conference, in which he tore a strip off of his players and then said that everything is staying exactly the same.

"The accountability of the players to execute has to improve," said MacTavish. "Visually to me we're a better hockey team. [But] there isn't any tangible evidence of any of that improvement, and that's what's so difficult for everybody to swallow.”

None of what he said prevented one of the best photos of the season from continuing to circulate around the internet.

Paying respects to a legend

Members of the public will get a chance to say goodbye to Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau starting Sunday. Béliveau’s body will lie in state at the Bell Centre, and over 50,000 people are expected to pass through and pay their respects to one of the most beloved players to take the ice in the NHL.  The Habs great passed away at the age of 83 on Tuesday. 

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