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

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

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Wednesday

New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres: New Jersey enters the week tied atop the Atlantic Division with the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. Groin injuries to John Madden, Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias have slowed the Devils down. New Jersey will get all it can handle in this one - Buffalo has 103 points and is challenging for first overall in the NHL.

Thursday

Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators: A real rivalry has developed between these Central Division foes. This will be their final head-to-head meeting of the season and it could dictate who wins the division crown. The Red Wings are 5-1-1 against the Preds this season but still enter the week trailing them by two points in the standings.

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Toronto Maple Leafs at Atlanta Thrashers: Atlanta currently sits atop the Southeast Division but has little room for error. The Thrashers lead Tampa by just two points and could actually end up missing the playoffs altogether if they stumble down the stretch. Atlanta can expect to see a hungry Toronto team in this one as the Maple Leafs continue their own push for the playoffs.

Friday

Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators: Look out! The Senators are sizzling and have closed within five points of Buffalo for first place in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa hasn't lost a game in regulation since March 2. Matter of fact, the Senators last suffered a regulation loss at Scotiabank Place on Jan. 18.

Saturday

Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks: Vancouver continues its season-long battle with Minnesota for first in the Northwest Division while Calgary hopes to end Colorado's playoff push once and for all. These two teams will have plenty to play for on Hockey Night in Canada. The Canucks have held a slight edge in the season series - they've won four of seven meetings so far.

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