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Canucks vs. Coyotes Preview and Predictions

The Arizona Coyotes sit four points out of a Western Conference wild card spot and open a crucial five-game homestand Thursday against the owners of one of those spots entering Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks. Arizona will play eight of its remaining 12 contests at home, where it has an 8-2-3 record since the beginning of January, and will have to make up for the 3-11-1 road mark its produced during the same period.

Islanders vs. Flames Preview and Predictions

The Calgary Flames are trying to hold onto third place in the Pacific Division while the New York Islanders find themselves on the outside looking in following the team's longest losing streak in two years. The Islanders will look to avoid an eighth consecutive defeat when they continue their four-game road trip with a visit to Calgary on Thursday night.

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Panthers vs. Stars Preview and Predictions

The Dallas Stars have gone from contending for a Central Division title to fighting for their playoff lives with a six-game losing streak and look to begin changing course Thursday night against the visiting Florida Panthers. The Stars fell to 0-4-2 during their streak with Tuesday’s 4-2 home loss to the New York Rangers and scored just three goals in the past four games.

Golden Knights vs. Wild Preview and Predictions

The Minnesota Wild sit just outside playoff position in the Western Conference but a difficult three-game stretch - beginning Thursday against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights - could make it tough to break through. An 8-3-0 run has elevated Minnesota to within one point of a wild-card spot in the West, but games against first-place Vegas along with playoff-positioned Philadelphia and Nashville will add to the challenge.

Flyers vs. Lightning Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia Flyers resume their quest for a Metropolitan Division title Thursday night when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning after seeing their nine-game winning streak come to an end last time out. The Flyers have crept within one point of first-place Washington in the Metro, but could not solve Boston goalie Tuukka Rask despite 36 shots in a 2-0 setback against the Bruins at home Tuesday.

Sabres vs. Canadiens Preview and Predictions

Even a night when they honored a franchise icon was not enough to end the home woes of the Montreal Canadiens, who will miss the playoffs for a third straight season barring a miraculous finish. Coming off a third consecutive defeat, the sputtering Canadiens take aim at their first regulation home win in more than a month against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Red Wings vs. Capitals Preview and Predictions

While the Washington Capitals are comfortably in playoff position, they are in a dogfight for first place in the Metropolitan Division following a stretch of pedestrian hockey dating to the All-Star break. Holding a one-point edge over Philadelphia atop the division, the Capitals will kick off a three-game homestand on Thursday against the league-worst Detroit Red Wings.

Hurricanes vs. Devils Preview and Predictions

Justin Williams is performing swimmingly for the Carolina Hurricanes after taking a bit of time getting his feet wet since returning from retirement. The 38-year-old Williams looks to extend his five-game goal-scoring streak on Thursday when the Hurricanes conclude a six-game trek against the New Jersey Devils.

Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Preview and Predictions

The Columbus Blue Jackets' home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday will be the first major league sporting event in North America to be played without fans due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Blue Jackets' decision comes on the heels of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declaring that he will issue an order banning spectators from games in the state.

Predators vs. Maple Leafs Preview and Predictions

The Toronto Maple Leafs put a halt their three-game winless skid (0-2-1) in their last outing, but the victory did little to stop the questions about their lackluster offense. The Maple Leafs continue their quest to find those answers on Thursday when they host the Nashville Predators.

Senators vs. Kings Preview and Predictions

The Los Angeles Kings sit in last place in the Western Conference standings but will put their league-best six-game win streak on the line Wednesday against the visiting Ottawa Senators. The Kings won the first three contests of a rare nine-game homestand and have outscored their opponents at Staples Center 90-85 this season, while being outscored 122-84 away from home.

Rangers vs. Avalanche Preview and Predictions

The Colorado Avalanche have encountered a swarm of injury bugs this season and may have absorbed their biggest bite yet in the form of Nathan MacKinnon. The Hart Trophy contender sustained a lower-body injury Monday and could miss his first game of the season when Colorado - already without six key contributors - hosts the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Blues vs. Ducks Preview and Predictions

The St. Louis Blues have cooled off with losses in two of three after enjoying an eight-game winning streak and look to start moving forward again when they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Blues lost at New Jersey on Friday before blanking Chicago 2-0 and could not get the job done Monday in a 2-1 loss at home against Florida to remain two points up on second-place Colorado in the Central Division.

Jets vs. Oilers Preview and Predictions

Denied in their bid to move into a tie with Vegas atop the Pacific, the Edmonton Oilers resume their bid for a division title when they continue a four-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. The Oilers dropped three points behind the first-place Golden Knights after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Vegas on Monday.

Sharks vs. Blackhawks Preview and Predictions

The Chicago Blackhawks saw their offense turn it up a notch during a four-game winning streak only to malfunction over the last two contests. After mustering just one goal in back-to-back losses, the Blackhawks aim to get back on track Wednesday when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Senators vs. Ducks Preview and Predictions

The Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators are well out of playoff position, but the two young teams have been playing the spoiler role quite well of late as they prepare to test each other Tuesday night in southern California. Ottawa has won four of its last five games, including impressive victories over Vancouver and the New York Islanders, while the Ducks beat Colorado and Toronto recently and are 4-2-1 in their past seven outings.

Islanders vs. Canucks Preview and Predictions

The New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks appeared to be on the fast track toward the playoffs before stumbling over last two weeks with just one combined win in their last 12 outings. The Islanders and Canucks aim to get pick up speed at the other's expense on Tuesday when the teams meet in British Columbia.

Rangers vs. Stars Preview and Predictions

The Dallas Stars appeared to be a sure thing for the postseason midway through last month, even challenged for first place in the Central Division. While the Stars still maintain a firm grasp on third place in the division, they are mired in a season high-tying losing streak entering Tuesday night's matchup against the visiting New York Rangers.

Hurricanes vs. Red Wings Preview and Predictions

The Carolina Hurricanes appeared on the verge of sliding out of the playoff chase in the wake of four consecutive losses but they have managed to right themselves with a pair of impressive road wins. Coming off back-to-back victories at the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh, Carolina continues its six-game road trip at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Lightning vs. Maple Leafs Preview and Predictions

The Toronto Maple Leafs struggled to find the net on their trip to California and hope to get their offense back in gear as they play six of the next seven at home, starting with a visit from the Atlantic Division-rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The Maple Leafs, who entered Monday fourth in the league in scoring (3.41) managed three goals while going 0-2-1 in the Golden State, capped by Friday’s 2-1 loss at Anaheim.