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Checking out a busy night of play on the ice

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(AP) -€” The streaking Tampa Bay Lightning suffered a loss last night to the Flyers and in the process lost two players to injury. Center Tyler Johnson and defenseman Victor Hedman each left the game with a lower body injury. Tonight the Lightning are in Boston to face the Bruins, who have won three straight.

The Red Wings will be without goalie Jimmy Howard for up to two weeks with a slight groin tear. He suffered the injury Saturday in a 3-1 loss to the Capitals. Tonight the Wings are on the road for a game with the Sabres, who have lost seven straight.

The two New York teams are facing off tonight in Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are the hottest club in the NHL with wins in 13 of their last 14 games. For the Islanders this is the last of a seven-game road trip in which they have won four times.

Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR’-ee) can satisfy a personal goal tonight with a win at home over Minnesota. Fleury has won against every team in the NHL except the Wild. Minnesota comes in with a five-game losing streak.

The rest of the games on a busy night of play feature Colorado skating at Carolina, St. Louis home to Edmonton, the Canucks at Nashville, Winnipeg hosting Florida, Ottawa at Dallas and Arizona at home to San Jose.

 

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