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HBO's "24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs premieres tonight in the U.S at 10 p.m. ET. The all-access reality series chronicles the two rivals as they prepare to meet in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014. The series will debut in Canada on Sportsnet on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves for his League-leading 18th win of the season as the Penguins defeated the Devils 3-2. Fleury is 26-3 in his last 29 decisions at home. Pittsburgh improved their home winning streak to a season-high seven games, the longest current streak in the League. They have allowed two or fewer goals in six of their last seven contests (6-1-0).

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau Fleury is now 8-1-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average in nine home games against the Devils since the Penguins moved to CONSOL Energy Center in October 2010.

*Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby earned an assist to extend his League scoring lead to 16-28—44. He now has points in his last 11 home games (5-10—15), and a point in 15 of 16 games at CONSOL Energy Center this season (8-17—25). Crosby has eight points (3-5—8) over a five-game point streak.

The Vancouver Canucks improved to 6-0-0 in December with a 4-0 victory over the Oilers. The six-game winning streak is the team’s longest of the season. The Canucks have given up only six goals over that span.

*Roberto Luongo earned his third shutout of the season, 65th of his career, and has allowed just four goals over his last four starts (4-0-0). Backup goaltender Eddie Lack posted a shutout against the Hurricanes on Dec. 10. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the Canucks are the second team this season to post back-to-back shutouts using different goaltenders (Columbus – Bobrovsky Dec. 3, McElhinney Dec.6).

*Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison had three points (0-3-3) for the first time in his career. His 18 assists (4-18—22) this season are a career high.

Florida forward Tomas Kopecky scored in the 10th round of the shootout to help the Panthers edge the Capitals 3-2. After both teams started the shootout 3-for-4, Kopecky was the only one of the last 12 shooters to score. The shootout tied for the second-longest in Panthers history -- the longest also came against Washington, a 2-1 victory that ended in the 11th round on Nov. 28, 2007.

*Brad Boyes’ shootout goal was the 36th of his career, most among active skaters. Boyes is 36 for 76 (47.4%) in shootout attempts.

*Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen opened the scoring in the second period. Since netting his first career goal on Dec. 5, Olsen has points in five consecutive games (3-3—6). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Olsen's five-game point streak matches the high for a Panthers defenseman over the last five seasons. The other Florida defensemen to accomplish the feat since 2009-10 are: Bryan McCabe (2009-10 and 2010-11), Dennis Wideman (2010-11) and Dmitry Kulikov (2011-12).

Devils forward Steve Bernier recorded his 100th career assist…Patrik Elias scored to extend his point streak to five games (2-4—6)… Vancouver forward Chris Higgins scored to extend his point streak to four games (2-4—6)…Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom tallied 1-1—2 and now has 2-5—7 in his last two games.

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