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NHL: 4 things to know for Monday

02/23/2015 12:08 EST | Updated 04/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Though nary a Canadian team is on the NHL schedule Monday, here are four things to know about tonight's combatants. Two contending teams, the Wings and the Ducks, are meeting in Anaheim, while a couple of clubs playing in New Jersey have plenty of work to do. 

Zetterberg questionable for Wings

The Red Wings (33-14-10) are on the road Monday in Anaheim against a team they've had trouble with recently, and possibly without their captain, Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg is questionable for the start after sustaining an upper-body injury Saturday, forcing him out of the second half of the Red Wings' wild 7-6 overtime win against Dallas. Niklas Kronwall scored the OT winner that gave Detroit its second win in a row.

After Zetterberg missed 37 games to injuries last season, the 34-year-old centre has 49 points while playing in all 57 games thus far.

Detroit lost its first meeting with the Ducks way back in October in the second game of the season.

Ducks sailing in Western Conference

Anaheim (37-16-7) is also on a two-game win streak and trails only Nashville among Western Conference teams. The Ducks have also won their last three starts against the Red Wings, going back to last season.

Ryan Getzlaf, who tallied the winner in that 3-2 Oct. 11 triumph in Detroit, provided the game-winner Saturday in the Ducks' last start, a 2-1 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton.

The Ducks sit atop the Pacific Division with a 10-point edge over Vancouver but would like to close their six-point deficit with Nashville.

Their biggest concern at the moment is goaltending. Ilya Bryzgalov was placed on waivers after going 1-4-1 in eight appearances following his December signing. Frederik Anderson has been sidelined for half a dozen games with an upper-body injury after the net fell on him, while John Gibson, who earned the win against the Oilers, has been battling a groin injury and only recently returned to the line-up.

Devils still have playoff hopes

Ten points back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Devils are making a move with victories in three straight games. They're trying to avoid missing the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, something they haven't done since a stretch of futility from 1982-87.

Cory Schneider, who bested his old mates from Vancouver Friday, came to the Devils' rescue Saturday as well, coming on it relief of Keith Kinkaid midway through the Devils' 3-1 win over Carolina. Kinkaid, who got the victory, has a lower-leg injury. Schneider stopped 14 of 15 shots to preserve the triumph. He has a 3-1-1 record in his last five starts against the Coyotes.

Coyotes scrapping to score

Arizona (20-32-7) is looking to avoid its first six-game losing streak since 2009. Its latest loss came on Saturday, 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the Coyotes seem certain to miss the playoffs again with only Edmonton below them in the Western Conference.

Mark Arcobello, obtained from Pittsburgh off waivers, had one of the two goals in the loss to the Lightning and has three goals in four games since joining the Coyotes.

Their major shortfall is a lack of offence, with leading goal scorer Oliver Ekmon-Larsson (17) having only one score in his last six games and the team averaging just over two goals per game.

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