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NHL: 3 things to know for Wednesday

12/10/2014 11:44 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 05:59 EST
Two hot Original Six teams meet in Detroit for the last time this season, and the Edmonton Oilers begin a home-and-home with the No. 1 team in the West. 

Here's what you need to know for Wednesday in the NHL:

Hot Original Six teams face off

The Detroit Red Wings (17-6-5) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-3) for the last time this season. Both teams have been on a roll recently. 

Detroit has won three in a row, and seven of its last eight to help propel itself into the top spot in the Atlantic division. Toronto has won its past two, and four of the last five. 

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk has only played 17 games this season, but his 12 goals have him in a tie for the team lead. In Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the 36-year-old centre had a goal and three points. 

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The season series will be concluded on Saturday in Toronto. The Red Wings have a slight edge, winning two of the three games played thus far.

Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start in net for the Leafs, though coach Randy Carlyle has spoken about being cautious not to overplay him. 

Oilers begin home-and-home against ailing Ducks

It will be the first meeting of the year for the Edmonton Oilers (7-16-5) and the Anaheim Ducks (18-6-5). They are polar opposites, with the Ducks occupying the top spot in the Western Conference, and the Oilers sitting at the very bottom. 

The Oilers will have their work cut out for them. Despite a spate of injuries that has now extended to the team's No. 1 goal scorer Corey Perry, the Ducks have managed to stay dominant in the competitive West. 

Anaheim announced that Perry would be out 3-4 weeks after taking a low hip check from the Wild's Keith Ballard on Dec. 5. Forward Devante Smith-Pelly will take his spot on the first line. 

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That won't be much relief for the Oilers, who are now losers of 12 of their last 13. They came away with their first victory after an 11-game skid with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, but followed that up with a 5-2 loss to them on Tuesday. 

The Ducks and the Oilers will meet again on Friday night in Edmonton.

Goodbye, Mr. Béliveau

Jean Béliveau's state funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon in Montreal, andCBC will provide live coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET.

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