What to watch for: Lightning-Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. ET
It is only fitting that Stamkos is facing the Capitals and Penguins in January, because it was around this time in his 2008-09 rookie season when he started to find his offensive groove. Since the 2009 calendar year began, Stamkos is tied with the most goals in the NHL. His 44 power-play goals in that span are 12 more than anyone else.
The Capitals are coming off a win over Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic and are on a three-game winning streak. The Lightning have won their last two and lead the Southeast Division based on win percentage, because both teams have 51 points in the standings.
Most goals since Jan. 1, 2009
E.J. Hradek's pick: I'll take Tampa.
Minnesota Wild at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. ETDevils goalie Martin Brodeur has been struggling of late and it appears that he will share the goaltending duties with Johan Hedberg, who will get the start in this game. Hedberg has four wins and three ties in nine career appearances against the Wild.
Devils goalies since Nov. 15
E.J. Hradek's pick: I'm calling for a Wild win.
Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ETThe Avalanche were once the highest-scoring team in the league. But in their last six games, they have scored just 10 goals in that span. Since the 1998-99 season, the Sabres are 5-1-2 on the road against the Avalanche.
Fewest goals per game since Dec. 20
E.J. Hradek's pick: I suspect the Avalanche will get things turned around with a win over the Sabres.
Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m. ETRed Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has come back to Earth after a terrific start. Since Dec. 1, Howard has lost five games in regulation. In the first two months of the season, Howard lost a combined three games in regulation and OT/SO.
E.J. Hradek's pick: The pick is Detroit.