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NHL: 3 things to know for Wednesday night

01/14/2015 12:27 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT
The Montreal Canadiens will look to win their sixth consecutive road game for the first time in nearly 33 years in Columbus, while the Toronto Maple Leafs hope they can rebound in Anaheim. 

Here are three things to know for Wednesday night:

Habs want more road dominance

A mini two-game road trip might be the thing that gets the Canadiens back on the winning track. Montreal (26-12-3) will take on the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Canadiens were beaten by two of the top East teams at the Bell Centre — a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay last week followed by a 2-1 overtime defeat to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

But the Canadiens have been one of the hottest road teams recently. A win in Columbus would give Montreal its sixth consecutive win away from the Bell Centre, a mark not achieved since the Canadiens won eight straight road games from Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 1982.

Montreal has 13 road wins on the season, tied for second most in the league.

Montreal is 3-1-1 in five all-time visits to Columbus, winning 3-2 in a shootout in the last one Nov. 15, 2013. The power play continues to haunt the Canadiens. They were 0-7 in the two games against the Lightning and Penguins, and have converted just once in 21 opportunities in the last seven games.

Montreal is also near the bottom of the NHL, clicking on just 13.7 per cent of their power plays.

The Blue Jackets (18-19-3) have dropped their last two games by 5-2 scores. Still, Columbus has won four of its last six games.

Leafs' D better lately

Changing coaches hasn’t meant for wins for the Leafs, but the team is playing a little better defensively of late. Toronto (22-18-3) has lost five of its last eight games.

Under interim coach Peter Horachek, the Leafs have dropped two of the three games. However, the team has given up an average of 22.0 shots in the past three games, 12.4 fewer than in the first 40.

The Maple Leafs gave up 20 shots in Monday's start to a four-game trip — matching their second-fewest this season — but lost 2-0 to Los Angeles.

The Leafs have struggled offensive to start 2015, producing only nine goals nine goals in five games. Phil Kessel has a goal and an assist during that stretch, with both points coming in a 5-2 victory over Columbus last Friday.

The Ducks (27-10-6) continue to be one of the NHL’s elite teams, especially at home.  Anaheim has won 11 of its past 15 games at the Honda Center, including a 5-4 win over Winnipeg on Sunday. The Ducks will also try to avenge a 6-2 loss to the Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Dec. 16.

Fun fact: Toronto is the only team that Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf hasn't scored against. He has six assists in six meetings while Corey Perry has four goals and four assists in seven.

Caps on quite a roll

The Capitals (23-11-8) head in Wednesday night’s action against the Flyers on quite the roll, going 13-1-4 in their last 18 games.

But one of those five losses was a 3-2 overtime defeat at Philadelphia last week.

That victory was part of a 3-1-0 homestand for the Flyers (17-19-7).

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