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NHL: 3 things to know for Monday

02/02/2015 10:40 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT
The schedule is relatively light with just three games on the card, but there is still plenty to discuss as a new week and month begin. 

Here are three things to know for Monday.

Flames, Jets in tight playoff race

The Winnipeg Jets (26-17-8) visit the Calgary Flames (27-20-3) in a battle of teams holding the first and second wild card spots respectively in the Western Conference. Both teams are also within striking distance of divisional playoff seeds. 

The Jets enter the contest having dropped three straight games, while the Flames were winners in their most recent outing. 

Winnipeg and Calgary have both benefited from the contribution of rookies this season.

For the Jets, it has been Michael Hutchinson, who leads all first-year goalies in wins (14), goals-against-average (2.15) and is second in save percentage at .927.

Johnny Gaudreau has been held off the score sheet the last two games, but the Flames left-winger is second among rookies in points with 37 and he is third with 15 goals.

He scored two of those goals in 16 seconds against the Oilers in December which left fans chanting his name.  

Oilers visit the 'Shark Tank'

The Oilers (13-28-9) meet the Sharks (27-17-6) in a clash of Pacific Division rivals at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Edmonton has been playing better of late, winning four of the last ten games, but has lost in two previous trips to SAP Center this season and remain at the bottom of the division standings. 

The Sharks, on the other hand, have won three straight and six of their last ten games. They are currently occupying second place in the Pacific with 60 points and will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the Flames and Canucks who are tied at 57.

In his most recent outing, Sharks netminder AnttiNiemi recorded a shutout in which the No. 31 was eerily prevalent. 

The Great Eight

On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals joined some elite company, becoming just the fifth player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in each of his first 10 seasons.

Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Mike Gartner are the others to accomplish the feat.

Ovechkin put himself among that group when he scored in the first period of a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues and added another goal in the middle frame. 

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