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NHL: 3 things to know for Monday

12/08/2014 12:06 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST
No Canadian NHL teams play on Monday night, but there are still some interesting games to take in. Martin Brodeur makes his first start at home, high-scoring stars meet at Madison Square Garden, and two struggling teams fight for a win.

Here are three things to know for tonight's games:

Brodeur gets first home start with Blues

Martin Brodeur will get his first start at home for the St. Louis Blues (17-8-2) when the Florida Panthers (11-7-7) roll into town. The 42-year-old goalie made his NHL comeback on Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, but he picked up his first victory Saturday in relief of Jake Allen.

In Saturday's 6-4 win over the New York Islanders, Brodeur stopped 14 of 15 shots over two periods. Despite the loss in his first start with the Blues, the former New Jersey Devil showed flashes of brilliance that suggest he's still got it. He made a glove save on a 3-on-1 rush look easy.

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The Blues will have to contain Panthers rookie Aaron Ekblad. The 2014 first-overall draft pick is enjoying a four-game point streak, including three assists in Florida's 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Saturday night. 

Snipers face off at MSG

Several offenstive stars converge at Madison Square Garden when the Pittsburgh Penguins (18-6-2) visit the New York Rangers (11-10-4).

Rangers forward Rick Nash's seven-game point streak has propelled him to second in the NHL goal-scoring race. His 17 goals have him tied with Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko. In 25 games played this season, Nash is only 12 points away from equalling last season's point production. His team has lost its last two, so they Rangers will be looking to turn things around before they head out on a four-game road trip. 

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is currently leading the NHL in assists with 25. He's also only one point behind league leader Tyler Seguin in overall points. Teammate Evgeni Malkin is first in powe- play goals with eight.The two of them will have to be on their game, as the Rangers have earned at least a point in seven of their last eight regular-season games against the Penguins. 

Struggling teams battling for win

The second Metropolitan division matchup of the night has the New Jersey Devils (10-13-4) visiting the Carolina Hurricanes (8-15-3). Both teams have struggled recently, and desperately need a win. 

The Devils have lost six of their past seven games. They've had some bad luck with injuries and illness lately, but had some relief Saturday with the return of forwards Patrik Elias, Stephen Gionta, and Jaromir Jagr.

Carolina has had just as much trouble. The Hurricanes were once hot at home, but have had one victory in their past four games at PNC Arena. To make matters worse, they have scored only four goals in the past six games. 

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