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Hockey Today - Feb 5

Hockey Today - Feb 5

Tuesday NHL Gameday

Andrei Markov and his Montreal Canadiens will play host to the struggling Ottawa Senators in league action on Tuesday night. Here's a look in your NHL Gameday.

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30pm ET

The Senators have been falling back to the pack in the Eastern Conference, and they're hoping to get some of their injured players back on the ice for this contest against their division rival. Ottawa was doubled 4-2 by the lowly Maple Leafs on Saturday night, with Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips, and Patrick Eaves all on the sidelines.

Montreal is three points back of Ottawa in the Northeast Division standings, and they wasted an opportunity to get even closer on Sunday afternoon by losing 5-3 to the Rangers. The Canadiens went up 3-0 in that game on goals by Markov, Alexei Kovalev, and Sergei Kostitsyn, but five straight New York markers then handed them the defeat.

Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators, 8:00pm ET

The Hurricanes have won just four times over their past 10 games, and they're now tied with the Thrashers at 26-25-4 atop the Southeast Division. Carolina is coming off a 4-1 road loss to the Penguins on Saturday night, with Sergei Samsonov scoring the Canes' only marker in the first period. Cam Ward allowed four goals on 29 shots in that defeat.

Nashville is back in the Western Conference playoff picture after going 6-2-2 in their past 10 games. Forward David Legwand has returned from injured reserve, and he scored the Preds' first goal in their 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes on Saturday night. Alexander Radulov scored his 20th goal of the season in OT to give his team that win.

Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild, 8:00pm ET

The Red Wings continue to beat all comers, with back-to-back wins over the Avalanche and Bruins to begin the month of February. Dominik Hasek had a 15-save shutout for Detroit in their 2-0 win over Colorado on Friday, while Chris Osgood stopped 22 of 23 shots in their 3-1 win over Boston on Saturday. The Wings lead the NHL with 84 points.

A 7-2-1 record over their past 10 games has put the Wild in top spot in the Northwest Division. Minnesota finished their January schedule with consecutive wins over the Avalanche and Ducks, and they started February with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Marian Gaborik scored twice for the Wild in their win over Columbus.

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars, 8:30pm ET

The Canucks won just four times in January, and they got off to a bad start in February by falling 4-3 in overtime to the Panthers on Friday night. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver in that defeat, while Roberto Luongo managed to stop 40 of 43 Florida shots. The Canucks are now fourth in the Northwest.

Dallas is now behind only Detroit in the Western Conference standings, as they've gone 6-3-1 over their past 10 games. The Stars got past the Oilers by a score of 4-1 on Friday night, and they followed up that performance with a 2-1 victory over the Flames on Saturday. Brenden Morrow and Niklas Hagman scored for Dallas against Calgary.

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Edmonton Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff out for season with shoulder injury

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff will miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury.

The 29-year-old forward, who leads the team with 50 points in 53 games this season, aggravated the injury when fell awkwardly at the NHL All-Star game in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

He played one game after the All-Star break before an MRI confirmed the injury.

Horcoff will have surgery this week.

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Panthers' Dvorak out 4-6 weeks

The Panthers will be without right wing Radek Dvorak for four to six weeks, coach Jacques Martin said Monday, due to two broken fingers in Dvorak's left hand.

Also not making the trip is center Jozef Stumpel (separated shoulder), who was scheduled to see a doctor Monday. And although Ville Peltonen (broken foot) practiced Monday and said he felt ''really good,'' Martin said the left wing will not play Tuesday in Toronto and likely won't be available until the weekend.

• Left wing Stefan Meyer was reassigned to AHL Rochester (N.Y.) on Monday. Meyer was recalled before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay but did not play.

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