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A quick look at five games worth watching this week in the NHL


Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings will enter this one in an unfamiliar position for this time of year - not leading the Central Division. That's because the Predators have crept by them, but this game between two of the NHL's best teams could help change that. The season series between the teams is currently even at 1-1.


Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators: Two of the league's hottest teams face off at Scotiabank Place. It will be the third game of an Eastern road trip for the Canucks while Ottawa will be hosting a third straight home game. The Canucks don't visit Eastern Canada very often so this could be a beauty.


Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks: After a miserable start, Wayne Gretzky has his Coyotes playing as good as any other team in the NHL. It was a pair of victories over the Sharks, including an 8-0 whitewashing, that helped kickstart Phoenix's season a few weeks back. Perhaps the Sharks will be after some revenge.


Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby's final game before heading to his first ever NHL all-star game. The 19-year-old is likely to still be leading the points race and will no doubt bring his best for an appearance on Hockey Night in Canada. Pittsburgh and Toronto are also two of the teams battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers: Who knows which team will be leading the Northwest Division by the time these teams renew acquaintances at Rexall Place? Six points currently separate first and last in the division so every game these two heated rivals play will be even bigger than usual. Calgary has won three of five meeting against the Oilers this season.


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