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A very busy night of hockey

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(AP) — New York’s Rangers are in the midst of their longest winning streak in 40 years. This evening the Rangers are in Dallas looking for their ninth straight victory, while the Stars, who are fresh off a 4-1-0 road trip, open a three-game home stand.

In a quirk of the schedule, the Blues and Avalanche are meeting tonight for the third time in 17 days this month. They split the first two encounters. The Blues, by the way, have lost 4 straight.

Pittsburgh and New Jersey are meeting for the third time this season. The Pens won the first two games by the combined score of 9-3. They have two more dates this season.

Minnesota has lost five straight and tonight the Wild are playing the jets in Winnipeg. The game marks the start of a four-game homestand for the Jets who have won 4 of their last 5 games.

The Lighting got some big help in their game two nights ago with Carolina. Goalie Ben Bishop, who stands 6-foot-7, returned to action after missing four games. He had 25 saves in the 2-1 win over the Hurricanes. Tonight Tampa Bay is home to Toronto

The rest of the games on a busy schedule of play feature Detroit at Boston, the Islanders home to the Capitals, Montreal at Carolina, the Sabres on the road for a game with Ottawa, Chicago at home to Nashville, the Kings at Calgary and the Coyotes at home to the Flyers.


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