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Nashville Predators defenseman Conor Allen (7) shows an official his broken tooth after a collision during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning  onWednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Instead of getting the call he wanted, Allen was called for slashing. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Predators acquire Patrick Mullen, Sens get Conor Allen

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville and Ottawa have traded defensemen with the Predators acquiring Patrick Mullen in exchange for Conor Allen.

The Predators announced the trade Thursday.

Mullen, 29, has played 36 games this season in the American Hockey League. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has played in 338 career AHL games with Manchester, Chicago, Utica and Binghamton since 2009. He has 34 goals and 114 assists with 178 penalty minutes.

The son of Hockey Hall of Fame member Joe Mullen, he went undrafted after spending four seasons at Denver University where he played 152 games.

WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at Montreal Canadiens

In this photo taken on Dec. 5, 2014, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. Subban's outgoing, over-the-top personality is matched only by his unbridled ability, which have made him a fan-favorite in Montreal, the NHL's highest paid blue-liner and among the league's most talked-about players. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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It’s a matchup between West and East/hot and cold on Thursday, as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Canadiens in Montreal.

The Blackhawks go for their ninth consecutive victories tonight, while Joel Quenneville hopes to take sole possession of second all-time in coaching wins, breaking his tie with Al Arbour.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens … just hope to start getting it together, honestly. They’ve only won four games in their last 17 games. Maybe going against one of the NHL’s hottest and most respected could help them get on track?

Whatever the takeaways might be, you can it watch it on NBCSN and stream it via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

PHT Morning Skate: Jets aren’t fueling ticket sales

WINNIPEG, CANADA - OCTOBER 7:   Rookie Mark Scheifele #55 of the Winnipeg Jets , the last player on the ice after the team practice, takes a few extra minutes by himself to take a few more shots on goal at the MTS Centre on October 7, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Winnipeg Jets are dealing with something unexpected: poor ticket sales. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Is Mario Lemieux the best ever? Either way, this is a fantastic profile on “The Magnificent One.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” is always worth a read, so get to it. (Sportsnet)

The Halifax Mooseheads jump on the 3D bandwagon. (The Hockey News)

Tyler Seguin explains why he doesn’t wear a mouth-guard. (Dallas Morning News)

Another first: Max Domi’s hat trick helps Coyotes nab a W

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Max Domi is about halfway through his first season in the NHL, yet he’s already accomplished something his father Tie Domi never managed.

Domi generated the first hat trick of his young career on Tuesday night, including the final two goals of regulation to help the Arizona Coyotes push their game into overtime against the Edmonton Oilers.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson then nabbed the overtime-winner as the Coyotes feasted on the power play; their final three goals came on the man advantage in a 4-3 OT win.

You can watch all three of Domi’s goals in the video above. The crafty Coyotes forward now has 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games, shaking off a relative slump.

Want more on the Coyotes? Check out the video below.

Stamkos, Lightning throttle Avs; Tampa Bay moves to East’s top eight

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, back, reacts after scoring a goal on pass from left wing Ondrej Palat, front, of the Czech Republic, against he Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning face problems in the short and long-term, but on nights like these, you remember why they deal with such headaches.

Tampa Bay absolutely dominated the Avalanche in Colorado on Tuesday, cruising to a 4-0 win.

Steven Stamkos collected two goals. Ben Bishop nabbed a shutout. Even Tyler Johnson found the net for the first time since Nov. 25, providing a ray of sunshine in what’s been a cloudy, injury-plagued season.

If this win wasn’t satisfying enough, get this: the Lightning crept into one of the East’s wild card positions after the New Jersey Devils lost.

There’s even talk about returning swag … again.

Granted, the situation is skin-tight, as plenty of teams make the East’s bubble situation awfully interesting.

Still, the Lightning are now on a three-game winning streak and are generally looking a lot like that team that made it to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

If they keep it up, their opponents will be the ones suffering through serious headaches.