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NHL: 4 things to know for Monday night

02/09/2015 01:26 EST | Updated 04/11/2015 05:59 EDT
Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary are on the road, the Oilers searching for positives while the Canucks and Flames try to improve their playoff positioning. And former Blue Jacket Marian Gaborik returns to Columbus.​

Here are four things to know for Monday night.

Glencross to return for Pacific battle

The Calgary Flames will get a boost for the start of their two-game road trip with the expected return of alternate captain Curtis Glencross. Sidelined since Jan. 15 with a hip injury, the 32-year-old left-winger has a disappointing eight goals and 26 points in 44 games this season, but ranks second among Flames forwards with 32 blocked shots and fourth with 88 hits.

Calgary, which had a 6-3 record in Glencross’s absence, occupies the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Flames fell to 29-21-3 following Friday’s 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh. However, they are 16-4-1 against division opponents this season, including an 8-2-1 mark on the road. Calgary is also 3-1 versus the Sharks this season, posting a 4-3 overtime win at San Jose on Jan. 17.

Gaborik back in Columbus

Marian Gaborik should probably prepare for a mix of cheers and boos when the former Blue Jackets right-winger returns to Columbus for the first time with the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik played only 34 games (nine goals, 22 points) over parts of two seasons with the Jackets before he was traded to L.A. last March for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. He has 16 goals and 30 points in 39 games this season, and eight points in his past 10 starts. The 22-18-12 Kings are five points out of a playoff spot after defeating Tampa Bay 4-2 on Saturday.

Forward Scott Hartnell is set to appear in his 1,000th NHL game for a Columbus squad that is minus No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, has won two straight and is 23-25-3 on the season.

Wild time for Canucks

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller made 31 saves in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh for his sixth shutout of the season, but he might meet his match Monday. One-time Edmonton Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk gets the start for the hometown Minnesota Wild after blanking the opposition in each of his past two starts. Acquired in a mid-January trade from Phoenix, Dubnyk made 35 saves in a 4-2 victory at Vancouver eight days ago. He ranks seventh in the NHL in save percentage (.925) and 10th in goals-against average (2.26).

The Wild faces the Canucks to end a three game home stand. They have won five straight to improve to 25-20-6 and within five points of Calgary for the final wild-card playoff spot in the West, having played two fewer games.

Oilers having a Devil of a time

The Oilers are looking for any positive news in New Jersey after scoring once in their past two games and watching forward Taylor Hall return to Edmonton to have his injured left ankle further assessed. Edmonton began a six-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto, losing 5-1 to the previously winless-in-11 Maple Leafs to fall to 14-30-9. The line of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ted Purcell had 11 shots but zero goals.

In New Jersey, the Oilers will probably face Cory Schneider, who made 29 saves in a 2-0 win over Edmonton on Nov. 21. Like the Oilers, the Devils are out of playoff position at 21-23-9, but have won eight of their last 13 games and are 6-0-2 in their past eight at Prudential Center. Forward Jaromir Jagr is riding a season-high four-game points streak (two goals, four points).

In Monday’s other game, Arizona tries to snap a two-game losing skid when it visits the Chicago Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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