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Wild vs. Canucks Preview and Predictions

The combination of a rash of injuries as well as a golden opportunity likely forced the hand of Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, who made the call to acquire Tyler Toffoli late Monday night. The Canucks hope the addition of the former 30-goal scorer pays immediate dividends on Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Wild.

California Golden Bears vs. Washington St. Cougars Preview and Predictions

Two teams that appear to be on similar trajectories meet Wednesday as California visits Washington State, which has shown signs of improvement under first-year coach Kyle Smith. The same could be said about a Cal team that has already reached double-digits in wins after recording eight victories in each of the past two seasons.

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Panthers vs. Ducks Preview and Predictions

The All-Star break came at the worst time for the Florida Panthers, who were on a roll with a six-game winning streak before hitting the 10-day layoff. The Panthers, who lost seven of nine (2-6-1) after the break before winning at San Jose on Monday, will resume their five-game road trip with a visit to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Islanders vs. Avalanche Preview and Predictions

The injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche aim to snap a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) on Wednesday when they conclude a five-game homestand against the New York Islanders. The Avalanche lost Mikko Rantanen in their last outing, with the top-line star joining fellow forwards Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert as well as goaltender Philipp Grubauer in the press box.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview and Predictions

Both South Carolina and Mississippi State have some work to do to impress the NCAA Tournament selection committee and to gain one of the four coveted double-byes for the upcoming SEC Tournament. The visiting Gamecocks and Mississippi State will try to take a big step forward in that process when they meet in a critical conference showdown Wednesday night.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview and Predictions

Indiana looks to keep its fading NCAA Tournament hopes alive when it visits Minnesota on Wednesday. The Hoosiers have dropped five of their last six games, including an 89-65 setback to Michigan on Sunday, to fall into the bottom half of the the Big Ten standings.

Duke Blue Devils vs. NC State Wolfpack Preview and Predictions

Sixth-ranked Duke would like to bottle its last performance and use it the rest of the season, starting with an ACC road contest Wednesday night against a North Carolina State team that needs a resume-boosting victory. The Blue Devils shot 56.5 percent from the field and pulled away from Notre Dame for a 94-60 victory on Saturday that extended their winning streak to seven games.

Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Predictions

After winning back-to-back games against Boston College (85-58) and Wake Forest (71-54), Miami opens a three-game road swing Wednesday at Virginia Tech. The Hokies snapped a five-game losing streak last time out, defeating Pittsburgh 67-57, and now they look to avenge January's 71-61 loss to the Hurricanes.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview and Predictions

Texas Tech looks to bounce back from its first loss in four games when it hosts Big 12 rival Kansas State on Wednesday night. The Red Raiders had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 73-70 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday, while Kansas State comes into this contest having dropped five in a row - the latest a 68-57 setback at TCU.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars Preview and Predictions

Looking to avenge one of its three losses during American Athletic Conference play, No. 22 Houston will play host to Tulsa on Wednesday after the Golden Hurricane earned a two-point victory over the Cougars on Jan. 11. The trio of conference setbacks have come by a combined five points for Houston, which is coming off a 73-72 overtime defeat Saturday at SMU.

Villanova Wildcats vs. DePaul Blue Demons Preview and Predictions

With only six games left in the regular season, No. 13 Villanova needs to continue its trend in the right direction. The Wildcats have won two in a row following a three-game losing streak and hope to maintain that upward trajectory Wednesday against host DePaul.

Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas Preview and Predictions

Providence has some work to do if it wants to go dancing in March, starting with a Big East Conference matchup Wednesday at fellow bubble team Georgetown. The Friars padded their resume by knocking off league-leading No. 14 Seton Hall and will try to deal a blow to the Hoyas, who are coming off their own impressive victory Saturday over No. 23 Butler.

Bruins vs. Oilers Preview and Predictions

No Connor David? No problem, at least not yet for the Edmonton Oilers, who have survived the loss of their superstar captain by going 3-1-0 since McDavid suffered a quadriceps injury on Feb. 8. The Oilers cannot afford to take their foot off the throttle, however, as they return home to face the NHL-leading Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Coyotes vs. Stars Preview and Predictions

The Dallas Stars begin their longest homestand in over two months on Wednesday when they open a three-game stretch against the Arizona Coyotes. Dallas recorded a pair of one-goal victories to begin its road trip before extending its point streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 4-3 overtime setback to Ottawa on Sunday.

Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview and Predictions

Virginia began a midseason slump with a loss at Boston College on Jan. 7, but the defending national champion has managed to rebound of late with a series of close wins. The Cavaliers look to continue their surge and improve their NCAA Tournament resume when they host the Eagles in an ACC rematch Wednesday.

Rangers vs. Blackhawks Preview and Predictions

The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks are in similar situations in their respective conferences, needing to make up a lot of ground in their hopes to advance to the postseason. The Blackhawks have stumbled in the West following six losses in the last seven games and hope to get back on track on home ice versus the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns Preview and Predictions

Teams that struggle to find offense meet Wednesday when TCU visits Texas. In Big 12 games, TCU is last in offensive rating (89.6) according to KenPom and Texas is second to last (90.3),  and they have combined for 10 losses in their last 11 games.

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Tulane Green Wave Preview and Predictions

Despite the nail-biting win against Houston and boasting strong records overall and in the American Athletic Conference, a weak schedule and an overall lack of impressive wins have Southern Methodist outside the NCAA Tournament conversation. Should the Mustangs wish to enter that conversation, it starts by taking care of business at Tulane on Wednesday.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Predictions

Michigan looks to continue its recent hot streak when it visits Rutgers on Wednesday. The Wolverines, who are 4-1 in the month of February, have won three straight games by an average margin of 19 points, including an 89-65 rout of Indiana on Sunday, to climb above .500 in Big Ten play for the first time since early December. They hope to continue their mastery of the Scarlet Knights by earning their 12th consecutive victory in the rivalry.

East Carolina Pirates vs. Memphis Tigers Preview and Predictions

Memphis hopes to recover from three consecutive heartbreaking defeats and move forward again when it hosts East Carolina on Wednesday night for an American Athletic Conference battle. The Tigers were beaten by two points against South Florida at home before losing in overtime at Cincinnati last Thursday and dropping a 64-61 decision at Connecticut on Sunday.

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