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What to watch for Wednesday night

Montreal Canadiens (30-19-5) at Boston Bruins (30-16-7), 7 p.m. ET

Season series: 3-0 Montreal

Starting goaltenders: Carey Price (26-17-5, 2.32 GAA) vs. Tim Thomas (25-6-6, 1.80 GAA)

Preview: The Northeast division is on the line Wednesday as rivals Boston and Montreal battle. The Bruins have a two-point lead in the standings, but the Habs have dominated the series recently. Montreal has won five straight and eight of nine meetings with Boston. Carey Prise has won all six games he’s played against the Bruins over the last two seasons, allowing a total of nine goals.

San Jose Sharks (29-19-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (26-22-5), 7 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-1 Columbus

Starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (16-13-3, 2.58 GAA) vs. Steve Mason (18-13-2, 3.12 GAA)

Preview: The Sharks are on a roll thanks in large part to the play of Antti Niemi. Niemi will attempt to earn his third straight shutout. The last goaltender to achieve that feat? Steve Mason. The Sharks are within one point of Pacific Division-leading Dallas, but are playing their second game in two nights. The Jackets are also coming off a win Tuesday night, and Mason is on a three-game winning streak.

Nashville Predators (28-19-7) at Detroit Red Wings (32-15-6), 7:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-1 Nashville

Starting goaltenders: Pekka Rinne (18-14-5, 2.11 GAA) vs. Jimmy Howard (26-9-3, 2.83 GAA)

Preview: The Red Wings sputtered against the Predators on Saturday, but have since welcomed Pavel Datsyuk back to their lineup. Datsyuk has three goals and two assists in two games against Nashville this season and has 13 points in his past seven games against the Predators. The Predators have lost five of their past six with the only victory coming against the Red Wings. But Nashville has won five of their last 10 regular-season games in Detroit, according to Elias.

Phoenix Coyotes (27-19-9) at Dallas Stars (30-18-5), 8:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-1 Phoenix

Starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (21-14-6, 2.61 GAA) vs. Kari Lehtonen (22-14-5, 2.63 GAA)

Preview: The Stars will try to avoid their first four-game skid in two seasons against a Coyotes team that is coming off back-to-back shutouts. Dallas has the third-most points in the Western Conference but is just five points ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles.

Ottawa Senators (17-29-8) at Calgary Flames (27-21-7), 9:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-0 Calgary

Starting goaltenders: Robin Lehner (1-2-0, 2.97 GAA) vs. Miikka Kiprusoff (23-18-3, 2.67 GAA)

Preview: Calgary had not been in playoff position in the West since Oct. 29, but its 13-3-4 surge has improved it from 14th to eighth. The Flames jumped in to the last playoff spot with a 3-1 win over Chicago on Monday. An injury to Alex Tanguay will not help the Flames' cause as the forward is out indefinitely with a neck strain. But the Senators have lost 10 straight overall and seven of their last eight against the Flames.

Chicago Blackhawks (27-22-4) at Edmonton Oilers (16-29-8), 9:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 2-1 Edmonton

Starting goaltenders: Corey Crawford (16-11-2, 2.18 GAA) vs. Devan Dubnyk (6-5-6, 2.74 GAA)

Preview: The Blackhawks have dropped from seventh to 11th in the Western Conference by losing four of their past five games. While they have struggled in Western Canada on their current six-game road trip, the Blackhawks have won sixth straight at Rexall Place, and the Oilers have the fewest points in the NHL.

Anaheim Ducks (29-21-4) at Vancouver Canucks (35-10-9), 10 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-1

Starting goaltenders: Curtis McElhinney (4-5-1, 2.76 GAA) vs. Cory Schneider (9-2-2, 2.25 GAA)

Preview: The Canucks have the most points in the NHL and have lost in regulation only three times in 27 home games. They are also the only team to rank in the top five in both power play and penalty killing. The Canucks will be looking for a seventh straight victory, but have been tested in their two previous games against the Ducks this season. The Ducks have won three straight and beat Vancouver in their home opener on Oct. 13 behind four points from Ryan Getzlaf.

Information for the Associated Press was used in this report.