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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday night


The Canucks want to stay on top of the West, the Flames want to keep pace, the Habs just want a win, and the Leafs want to forget all of this stat business again. Here’s what’s on tap Saturday night in the NHL.

Noticing a trend?

If you’re hoping for the Toronto Maple Leafs to beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada tonight (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET), do yourself a favour and don’t look at any of the numbers below:

  • 11: The number of losses the Leafs have suffered against Vancouver in their last 12 clashes
  • 18-7-1: Vancouver’s record, tops in the Western Conference
  • 11-4-0: Said team’s record on the road
  • .921: Goalie Ryan Miller’s save percentage against Toronto over his career
  • 32-15-3: Miller’s career record against the Leafs (guess who’s probably getting the start)
  • 41: Points earned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin against Toronto, over 21 games

Toronto’s new to the numbers game anyway, so the Leafs either aren’t aware of these stats or lit this particular page on fire and then placed it in a dumpster (also on fire).

Alberta pride (sorry, Edmonton)

At a mere three points behind Vancouver in the Pacific Division, the Calgary Flames remain one of the pleasant surprises at the quarter mark of the NHL season. They’ll try to keep it that way when they face division rival San Jose in Hockey Night in Canada’s late tilt (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).

Calgary has won eight of its last 10 games heading into Saturday, and is riding a four-game winning streak.

None of this is making anyone from the Oilers happy.

Cold as ice

On the other end of the spectrum, the once-hot Montreal Canadiens are now stone-cold, losing five of six after an 8-1-0 run.

A deflating 4-3 loss to Chicago didn’t help, which saw the Habs surrender the lead in the third, and then give up the game-winner with 27 seconds left.

They’ll try to turn things around against the Dallas Stars, who currently sit last in the Central Division and are wading through a four-game losing streak. 

Dallas will hold a moment of silence for Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau before the game. Béliveau, 83, passed away on Tuesday

Sens lose matinee matchup

The Ottawa Senators lost an afternoon matchup 3-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, extending their losing streak to five games. Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-winner with a little less than two minutes remaining to break the deadlock. 

Pittsburgh’s record against Atlantic Division opponents improved to a sparkling 8-0-1. 

CBC | Sports News

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