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NHL: 3 things to know for Sunday night

The Leafs and Senators clash in their rescheduled contest, the Canucks face an old friend, and the Oilers try to chase that winning feeling on the road. This is what you need to know for Sunday night in the NHL.

Leafs-Sens play makeup game, Kesler faces old friends

Bobby Ryan will likely be back in the Senators lineup against Toronto on Sunday. (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Leafs and Senators clash in their rescheduled contest, the Canucks face an old friend, and the Oilers try to chase that winning feeling on the road. This is what you need to know for Sunday night in the NHL. 

Leafs, Sens clash in rescheduled game

The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Ottawa Senators in the only all-Canadian matchup on Sunday.

Both teams are playing the second game in back-to-back nights. The Leafs are riding high after an entertaining 5-4 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday, while Ottawa continued its points streak at home with a 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg.

James Reimer will likely get the start in net for Toronto, and sports an impressive 9-2-1 record against the Sens. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean didn’t announce whether Craig Anderson will get the start after playing against Winnipeg. But Bobby Ryan is likely back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with an injury. 

It’s the game that was rescheduled after the shootings in Ottawa on Oct. 22. To mark that day, there will be a pre-game ceremony honouring fallen Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Before the game, both the Leafs and Senators visited the War Memorial, where Cirillo lost his life, to pay tribute.

Canucks face Kesler for the first time

Ryan Kesler gets his first crack at his old club as the Vancouver Canucks visit Anaheim. Kesler spent his first 10 seasons in Vancouver, and was a force during their 2011 run to the Stanley Cup final, but his time with the Canucks came to an end when he was traded to the Ducks over the summer.

"Obviously, I want to have success against that team," Kesler told the L.A. Times. "[I've] got friends over there, and I'm competitive with my friends, so … [there's] some bragging rights [at stake], two points we need. It's personal."

The Canucks are aiming to bounce back from a 5-1 shelling at the hands of the L.A. Kings on Saturday. They’ll have to change recent history to do it – Vancouver hasn’t beaten Anaheim in its last six tries.

Oilers turning a corner on the road?

Edmonton went into Friday night’s matchup against Buffalo winless on the road. As it usually is so far this season, facing the Sabres was just what the doctor ordered, and the Oilers snatched their first road win of the season.

They’re looking to build on that against a tougher opponent on Sunday, as Edmonton visits Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers.

Edmonton is hoping it can build off its 52-shot performance against Buffalo, and is facing a Rangers team that’s lost three of its last four games, surrendering 13 goals in that span.

If the Oilers don’t win, it’ll probably mean more of…whatever this is.

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