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NHL: 3 things to know for Monday night

12/15/2014 12:46 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST
The Ottawa Senators hope to continue their winning ways against the hot Washington Capitals, Jannik Hansen is set to return as the Vancouver Canucks try to solve the Arizona Coyotes, and the Calgary Flames desperately need a win over the L.A. Kings. 

Here are three things to know for Monday night in the NHL:

Undefeated streaks at stake

The Ottawa Senators (14-13-6) seem to find success against the Washington Capitals (16-10-6). Ottawa is undefeated in their past seven meetings, dating back to the 2011-12 season, outscoring Washington 24-11 in the process. 

New head coach Dave Cameron has also managed to slightly improve the Senators' fortunes. Since he took over behind the bench, Ottawa has gone 3-2-1. The Sens are coming off a decisive 6-2 victory over the league-leading Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. 

Washington is also on the upswing. Undefeated in their last eight regulation games, the Capitals have gone 9-3-3 with Braden Holtby in net for every game since Nov.15.

They also had a dominant 4-0 victory Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. The night was highlighted with a spectacular vintage goal from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Hansen set to return

The Arizona Coyotes (11-17-4) had their way with the Vancouver Canucks (19-11-2) on Nov.14. In their only meeting so far this season, the struggling Coyotes managed to blank the Canucks 5-0.

Unfortunately for Vancouver, this has been a pattern. The Canucks have not won in regulation against the Coyotes since Apr. 8, 2013.

Arizona is currently second to last in the Western Conference, and has just one regulation win in the past 14 games, while the Canucks recently ended a five-game skid with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

The Canucks should see the return of forward Jannik Hansen. The 28-year-old left the game after passing out on the bench Saturday night. He was rocked by a hit from Dennis Wideman, but was apparently simply winded by the play. He sat out practice on Sunday as a precaution, and is expected to return for Monday's game. 

Flames need to contain Gaborik

The Calgary Flames (17-15-3) will look to stop their downward spiral in their first match of the season against the L.A. Kings (17-11-6). Losers of their past eight games, the Flames will have their work cut out for them.

The Kings are enjoying an impressive start to their four-game homestand. They have won the first two, and are 5-for-11 on the power play in those matches.

If the Flames hope to turn things around, they'll need to stop Marian Gaborik. The 32-year-old has scored in his last four games for six goals in total. 

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