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NHL: 3 things to know for Wednesday night

12/17/2014 12:32 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
The Senators want to avoid losing two in a row while the Canucks and Bruins are trying to end their own slides. Here's what you need to know for tonight's three NHL games:

Struggling Senators try to rebound

The Ottawa Senators (12-12-6) will try to avoid a second straight loss when they face off against the New Jersey Devils (11-15-6) to finish a three-game road trip. The Sens lost their last game 5-4 in a shootout against the Sabres Monday and don't want to make it two losses in a row. The team is struggling, losing three of its last five games and only winning three of its last 10.

After Ottawa started goalie Robin Lehner for the last two games, Craig Anderson is expected between the pipes tonight. Anderson has had some troubles lately, posting only one win over his last eight starts with a 3.27 goals-against average. 

This is the second meeting between the Sens and the Devils this season. New Jersey won the first meeting 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 25 with a goal from veteran Jaromir Jagr.

Canucks want to avoid 5th straight loss

The Vancouver Canucks (18-10-2) will try to avoid end their four-game losing streak when they host the Dallas Stars (11-13-5). Vancouver has fallen off the top of the Western Conference since the skid began. The Canucks were tied for first in the conference on Dec. 4, but have played poorly since, being outscored 17-7 during their losing streak. They now sit in fifth place, nine points behind the conference-leading Ducks.

It won't be easy to beat Dallas as the Stars have a strong record against the Canucks, winning their first meeting this season 6-3 and winning all three meetings last season. Over their last four games, the Stars have outscored the Canucks 18-6.

Ryan Miller is expected to get the start for Vancouver, and he's had trouble against the Stars, getting pulled during their last meeting Oct. 21 after allowing five goals on 13 shots. In his career, Miller has gone 4-4-1 with a 3.40 GAA against the Stars, losing the last five times (four in regulation and one in overtime) and allowing 4.35 goals per game over that stretch.

Miller has lost four of his last five starts, including a dismal loss to the Rangers on Saturday where he gave up five goals on 23 shots, including three in the first seven minutes of play.

Bruins have lost 8 of 10

The Boston Bruins (15-13-3) had a great season last year but things are not going as well this season. The team has lost eight of their last 10 games, including four of their last five. Boston will try and improve that record when it takes on the Minnesota Wild (16-12-1). The Bruins haven't done well against Western Conference teams on the road this month, going 1-4-0. 

This is the third three-game losing streak for the Bruins this season and the odds on a win against the Wild are far from great. The Bruins have lost 12 of 15 meetings all-time. Their last performance against Minnesota wasn't very impressive either, as the Wild overcame a two-goal deficit and scored three unanswered goals to beat the Bruins 4-3 on Oct. 28.

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