What to watch for Wednesday night

Atlanta Thrashers (25-25-10) at Buffalo Sabres (27-25-6), 7 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-1

Starting goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec (18-17-8, 2.63 GAA) vs. Ryan Miller (24-18-5, 2.73 GAA)

Preview: The Thrashers and Sabres are sitting right outside of the East playoff picture, tied with 60 points, but neither team is making a strong push as both are on three-game losing streaks. The Sabres may get a bump by playing their first game under the ownership of Terry Pegula. After purchasing the team for $198 million, Pegula vowed that, "the Buffalo Sabres' reason for existence will be to win a Stanley Cup."

San Jose Sharks (34-21-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (36-20-5), 7:30 p.m. ET

Starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (21-15-3, 2.45 GAA) vs. Marc-Andre Fleury (27-15-3, 2.26 GAA)

Preview: The Sharks tied a season high with their second five-game winning streak of the month. San Jose is 13-2-1 in its last 16 games and is coming off a 4-3 win over Detroit. The Penguins meanwhile are trying to avoid extending their winless streak to three, which would be their season high. But, help has arrived in Pittsburgh as newly acquired James Neal and Matt Niskanen will make their Penguins’ debuts on Wednesday night.

Phoenix Coyotes (33-19-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (34-18-7), 7:30 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-0 Tampa Bay

Starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (27-14-6, 2.55 GAA) vs. Dwayne Roloson (9-6-1, 2.87 GAA with Lightning)

Preview: The Coyotes look to extend their eight-game winning streak with a chance to tie the franchise record for consecutive wins. Phoenix's current hot streak has propelled them to the top of the Pacific Division and to third place in the Western Conference. The Lightning are trying to hold on to their lead in the Southeast Division and are only leading the Capitals by one point in the standings after losing their last three. Phoenix's Shane Doan will set the franchise record for the most games played at 1,099.

Los Angeles Kings (32-23-4) at Anaheim Ducks (32-24-4), 10 p.m. ET

Season series: 1-1

Starting goaltenders: Jonathan Quick (26-15-2, 2.12 GAA) vs. Curtis McElhinney (6-8-1, 3.46 GAA)

Preview: The Kings are 5-1-3 on their 10-game road trip, which wraps up with their game against their Southern California rival. Los Angeles should get an offensive boost as forward Marco Sturm is expected to play after missing 13 games with knee tendinitis. The Ducks have tied a season high with three straight regulation losses. Goaltender Jonas Hiller has been out with lightheadedness for the skid, and backup Curtis McElhinney has gone 0-3-0 with a 6.93 GAA.