Tuesday's games: Points to watch

October, 25, 2011
10/25/11
4:00
PM ET

What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:

Penguins at Islanders, 7 p.m. ET

  • Pittsburgh forward James Neal has eight goals in 10 games.
  • The Penguins have killed 32 of 33 power-play attempts.
  • The Penguins are 14-2-2 against the Islanders since 2008-09.
  • Both teams combined for 653 penalty minutes in six games last season (346 combined on Feb. 11 at the Islanders).
  • The Islanders, who have lost five straight road games dating to last season, have allowed eight goals in their past two games after allowing just six in their first four contests.

Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET

  • The Blue Jackets are the NHL’s only winless team (0-7-1), the longest winless streak to start a season in franchise history.
  • The Blue Jackets have scored no more than two goals in seven of eight games.
  • The Red Wings are 5-0-2 in their past seven games in Columbus.
  • James Wisniewski returns to the lineup tonight. He was suspended for the first eight games of the regular season for his hit on Cal Clutterbuck during the preseason.
  • Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard will miss the game after the birth of his child. Ty Conklin will get the start after allowing seven goals on 25 shots Saturday in Washington.

Ducks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET

  • The Blackhawks have earned points in six straight games (4-0-2) after losing their season opener.
  • The Blackhawks are second in the NHL in average goals per game (3.43).
  • Chicago forward Marian Hossa is riding a four-game scoring streak.
  • The Ducks are 4-1-1 in their past six games against the Blackhawks.

Canucks at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET

  • Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in this past June’s draft, leads all rookies in goals (five) and points (seven). He also had hat trick against the Canucks on Oct. 15.
  • All seven of the Oilers’ games have been decided by two goals or less.
  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin have a combined 22 points.

Devils at Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET

  • Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has posted three straight shutouts and hasn't allowed a goal in 188 minutes, 10 seconds. The last goalie with four October shutouts was Pascal Leclaire for the Blue Jackets in 2007-08.
  • The Kings have won four straight games and earned points in five straight contests (4-0-1).
  • The Devils’ 1.83 goals per game is the fewest in the Eastern Conference.
  • Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is averaging 26:56 in ice time (fourth overall in the NHL and leads all forwards).

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