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Long road trip for league champs starts tonight

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(AP) — League champion Los Angeles starts a five-game road trip tonight with a game against the Sabres in Buffalo. This evening’s game puts an end to the two-game season series between the clubs as the Kings won 2-0 in October.

Two road trips come to an end tonight as the Flyers face the Blue Jackets in Columbus and the Flames visit Toronto. That game also ends a five-game homestand for the Maple Leafs.

After a 16-5-1 start, the Canadiens have gone 1-5-1. Tonight they look to get things revved up again with a home game against Vancouver. The Canucks won the first game between the teams 3-0.

Washington is 2-0 on its current three-game road swing. Tonight the Caps are at Tampa Bay, a team they lost to last month 4-3.

The Winnipeg Jets are playing without left wing Evander Kane tonight. He was suspended for two games for a hit on Anaheim’s Clayton Stoner on Sunday. Tonight the Jets are facing the Stars in Dallas.

San Jose has spent most of the season on the road. The Sharks, who have played 18 of their 29 games on foreign ice, open a five-game home stand tonight against Edmonton.

In other games, Chicago is playing at New Jersey, the Wild are playing host to the Islanders and Nashville is at Colorado.


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