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For the sheer drama of it all, the game of the night has the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Nashville Predators. Even if Shea Weber can't go, as he's questionable with a lower body injury, we'll still have the ever-fascinating P.K. Subban vs. Canadiens plot. And in reality, it's the subplot tonight: Montreal is in a death spiral down the Eastern Conference standings, having gone 0-3-1 in their last four games and being outscored 16-6. The pressure on the team to either make a trade or fire its general manager is intense. The Preds, meanwhile, are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, and haven't lost in regulation (3-0-4) to the Canadiens at home over the last 12 years.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

Blues

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Tarasenko nets two in Blues' victory.

Vladamir Tarasenko nets two goals and gets in a rare fight as the Blues top the Oilers 8-3.

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Canucks

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Canucks score twice in 19 seconds.

Daniel Sedin and Brock Boeser score seconds apart in the first period to lead the Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Flyers.

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Stars score twice in 59 seconds.

Devin Shore and Jason Spezza score less than a minute apart in the second period of the Stars' 3-1 win over Montreal.

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Washington Capitals top center Nicklas Backstrom is mired in a humbling slump, with just two even-strength assists in his last 13 games. His former linemate, Alex Ovechkin, has doesn't have an even-strength point in his last six games. As the Capitals struggle offensively (23rd in the NHL at 2.73 goals per game), many are wondering why these two aren't back on a line with right wing T.J. Oshie that generated 30 goals last season. "Just don't feel like it," was the explaination from Barry Trotz, coach of the 11-10-1 Capitals, who believes Backstrom is getting enough chances that a reunion with Ovechkin isn't warranted. "You want players to go through different experiences. They have to figure it out on their own." Oshie, who has skated just 14 minutes and 5 seconds with Ovechkin and Backstrom this season, is open to a reunion. "Yeah, whatever Trotzy thinks. My game doesn't change much. I think he's just trying to see what works," he said.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

Predators

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Ekholm nets a power-play goal.

Mattias Ekholm nets his fifth goal of the year as the Predators defeat the Jets.

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