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NHL: 4 things to know for Tuesday night

12/23/2014 12:08 EST | Updated 02/22/2015 05:59 EST
It's the last night of NHL action before the three-day holiday hiatus. Four Canadian teams play Tuesday, and hope to start their holiday break on a high note. The Jets meet the division-leading Blackhawks, the Leafs hope to end their skid, the Canadiens want to repeat last season's success against the Islanders and the Oilers try to avoid getting swept. 

Here are four things to know:

Hot Central rivals meet again

Last time the Central division rivals met, the Winnipeg Jets (17-10-7) came away with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (23-9-2). Since that Nov. 2 meeting the division-leading Blackhawks have been pretty close to perfect.

They've enjoyed a 17-1-4 stretch, which they will look to improve on against the Jets. Chicago most recently trounced the hapless Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-0 victory on Sunday night. 

Winnipeg hasn't been too shabby either. The team has at least a point in 11 of their past 12 games. They also played Sunday, but fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime. 

The Jets will get the advantage of Michael Hutchinson back in net. He faced the Blackhawks last time, and stopped all 33 shots. His record for the season is a respectable 7-2-2.

Mathieu Perrault has also been hot for the Jets. He extended his point streak to seven games with a goal on Sunday night.

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Leafs need to stop skid

The Toronto Maple Leafs (19-12-3) dropped their third-straight in a blowout to the Blackhawks on Sunday. They will hope to put an end to that skid before the holiday break. 

It won't be an easy feat as the Leafs are taking on the Dallas Stars (14-13-2). Winners of four in a row, they've been suddenly hot with the help of league-leading goal scorer Tyler Seguin. He tied Sunday's game against Edmonton in the third period to force overtime.

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The 22-year-old forward has 10 goals and 18 points in 19 games against the Leafs. 

That's not good news for the slumping team. They've been outscored 15-5 in their recent losses. 

Canadiens look to repeat last season's success

It's the first meeting of the season between the Montreal Canadiens (21-11-3) and the New York Islanders (23-10-0). The Canadiens won two of last season's three contests. 

They claimed a decisive 4-1 victory Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, but face a much bigger challenge with the Islanders. 

New York erased a 1-0 third period deficit Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning to claim a 3-1 win. It was their fourth win in a row. 

Former Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak has four consecutive wins for the Islanders, and is undefeated in 15 of his last 17 starts. 

Oilers try to avoid getting swept

The Edmonton Oilers (7-20-7) are winless in their last seven games following a heartbreaking 6-5 shootout loss to the Stars on Sunday. They face the Arizona Coyotes (11-18-4), another Western Conference bottom-dweller. 

The teams have already met four times this season, twice in December alone, with Arizona claiming each victory. Arizona is 2-6-1 in December, so their only wins of the month have come against the Oilers. 

After a demoralizing 7-1 Monday night loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the team will be looking to sweep Edmonton in their season series. 

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