W2W4: Slumping Leafs, Central battle

Stars (20-16-7) at Rangers (22-20-3) - 7 p.m.

The Rangers are 1-0-0 against Dallas this season.

Last met in New York in Dec 2011; DAL shutout New York.

The Rangers are 18-2-1 when scoring first.

Brad Richards has two goals and three assists in past three games.

The Stars have the 29th ranked power play (12.9 percent) and have lost four straight.

Jamie Benn has five goals and three assists in past eight games.

Maple Leafs (21-19-5) at Capitals (21-16-6) - 7 p.m.

Toronto beat Washington in a shootout earlier this season.

The Capitals have the leagues' best power play (26.1 percent). They are 1-1-2 in their past four home games and 9-for-13 on the penalty kill.

Alex Ovechkin has one goal in his past three home games. He has 10 goals and 15 assists in 15 career home games against the Leafs.

The Leafs are the second most penalized team in the league (13.5 PIM/G).

The Leafs are 11-15-5 (27 points) in their past 31 games. In their final 31 games under fired coach Ron Wilson, they were 13-15-3 (29 points).

Joffrey Lupul has scored in three straight games.

Hurricanes (19-16-9) at Blue Jackets (19-20-4) - 7 p.m.

The Jackets beat the Hurricanes in Carolina earlier this season.

Columbus is 2-for-24 on the power play in its last seven games.

Ryan Johansen has four goals and six assists in his past eight games.

Carolina is 11-1-4 when scoring first.

Jeff Skinner is on a six-game point streak (7 goals, 5 assists).

Islanders (16-22-7) at Avalanche (27-12-4) - 9 p.m.

These teams have not played each other since November 2011.

Colorado is 21-1-2 when scoring first. It is 3-1-1 on its current home stand.

Matt Duchene has no goals and four assists in his past seven games.

The Islanders have won five straight on road. They have just nine road wins on the season.

John Tavares has seven goals and nine assists in his current seven-game point streak.

Penguins (32-12-1) at Oilers (14-27-5) - 10 p.m.

This is the Penguins first trip to Edmonton since October 2011.

The Oilers are 10th in league on the power play at home (22.4 percent)

Edmonton is 1-3-2 past its past six games, but 2-1-1 in its past four home games.

Taylor Hall has one goals and three assists in his past three games.

The Penguins are 24-2-0 when scoring first and have won their past three games while going a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill.

Sidney Crosby has four goals and seven assists in his past six games but has never scored against Edmonton in five career games.

Blues (31-7-5) at Canucks (23-13-9) - 10 p.m.

Vancouver beat St. Louis in overtime earlier this season.

The Canucks have the leagues best penalty kill (89.1 percent), but they are 0-2-3 in their past five games.

Ryan Kesler scored twice against St. Louis this season.

The Blues have won seven straight and are 26-1-3 when scoring first.

Vladimir Tarasenko has three goals and five assists in his past five games.

Stats used courtesy of Kevin Gibson/TSN