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Saturday, January 31
(All times Eastern)
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (25-14-9) AT MONTREAL CANADIENS (31-13-3), 1 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Montreal Canadiens hope to post a fifth
straight victory when they begin a four-game homestand with Saturday's matinee
battle against the Washington Capitals.
The Canadiens picked up a fourth consecutive win Thursday, edging the New York
Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden. All-Star goaltender Carey Price made 24
saves to record the win in his third shutout of the season.
The victory pushed Montreal into a tie with Detroit for second place in the
Atlantic and also leaves the Habs one point shy of Tampa Bay for the division
lead. The Lightning recorded a 5-1 blowout win over the Red Wings on Thursday.
Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Habs on Thursday, tallying his
team-leading 22nd goal of the season with 4:17 left in the third. Pacioretty
snapped a shot from above the right circle through the legs of Rangers captain
Ryan McDonagh and past Henrik Lundqvist for the game's only score.
"The guys played very well, we got pretty lucky out there a few times. That's
part of the game," Price said.
Montreal went 3-0 on a recent three-game homestand from Jan. 17-27 before
picking up the road win in the Big Apple. The Habs own a 16-5-2 mark at the
Bell Centre this season and they will continue this homestand tomorrow
afternoon against Arizona.
While Sunday's starter is unknown for Montreal, Price will get the call today
and he is 4-9-3 with a 3.24 goals against average in his career against
Backup Dustin Tokarski notched a victory against the Caps in the only meeting
between the clubs this season, making 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout win in D.C.
on Oct. 9. Despite that setback, Washington has claimed 10 of the past 13
games in this series overall and has won seven in a row at the Bell Centre.
Washington halted a four-game slide its last time out, posting a 4-0 win over
visiting Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby posted his fifth shutout of the
season to help the Caps down the Penguins. Ovechkin, a four-time winner of the
Rocket Richard Trophy, has an NHL-best 29 goals this season.
The Russian winger is one goal shy of becoming the fifth player in NHL history
to record at least 30 goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The other four
are Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Mike Gartner.
Mike Green tallied a goal and an assist, Eric Fehr also scored and Nicklas
Backstrom supplied two assists to help Washington pick up its first win since
beating Philadelphia 1-0 on Jan. 14.
"We stayed diligent. We kept pushing the pace. We kept just hounding the
puck," Washington head coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought we just had more
determination in our game. We actually just made sure we weren't going to be
Holtby made 27 saves to earn his 16th career shutout. He is 5-0-1 with a .98
goals against average in his career against Montreal, while backup Justin
Peters is 0-2-0 with a 4.22 GAA in three lifetime appearances versus the Habs.
Trotz could use both of his goaltenders this weekend, as Washington is
scheduled to host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (32-15-1) AT DETROIT RED WINGS (28-12-9), 2 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders will both
try to put rough losses behind them when the Eastern Conference foes meet
Saturday afternoon in the Motor City.
Detroit hosts today's matinee after having a season-high six-game winning
streak snapped with Thursday's 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay. The Red Wings entered
the Atlantic Division showdown with a one-point lead over the Lightning for
first place, but the Bolts claimed the top spot with the regulation win.
Montreal also picked up two points with Thursday's road win over the New York
Rangers to forge a tie with Detroit for second place in the Atlantic. The
Canadiens, who have two games in hand over the Red Wings, host Washington this
afternoon, while Tampa welcomes Columbus on Saturday night.
The Red Wings were torched for three goals by the Lightning's Cedric Paquette,
who notched his first career hat trick to power Tampa to the easy win.
Darren Helm supplied the Red Wings' lone goal. Petr Mrazek allowed five goals
on 15 shots, while Tom McCollum stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third
"We just had a good run here, won six in a row," Detroit head coach Mike
Babcock said. "We got spanked here tonight."
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is slated to play in his 863rd career game
today, moving him past Ted Lindsay for sole possession of 12th place in
The Islanders lost for only the second time in eight games Thursday when they
were handed a 5-2 setback by the visiting Boston Bruins.
New York fell behind 2-0 in the first period before evening the score on
second-period goals from John Tavares and Michael Grabner. However, Boston's
Kevan Miller tallied the game-winner with just 3.4 seconds remaining in the
middle stanza and the Bruins added to their cushion in the third period.
"We didn't play a 60-minute game, but I thought we played well enough to win
the game," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. "Obviously, the third goal was
the turning point."
Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 32 shots for the Isles, who lead
Pittsburgh by only one point for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Halak is expected to start today and is 5-4-1 with a 3.22 goals against
average in his career against the Red Wings. He stopped 17-of-18 shots to
record the win in a 2-1 regulation victory at Detroit on Dec. 19.
The Isles have won two straight and seven of their last eight games against
Detroit overall and the Red Wings have dropped five straight at home in this
ARIZONA COYOTES (17-25-6) AT OTTAWA SENATORS (19-19-9), 3 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Coyotes hope to build off their first
victory in weeks when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Saturday's matinee
clash at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Coyotes entered Thursday's game in Toronto mired in an 0-5-2 slump, but
they notched a 3-1 comeback victory for their first win since a 4-1 home
triumph against Winnipeg on Jan. 8.
Arizona trailed the Maple Leafs 1-0 after two periods, but Oliver Ekman-
Larsson scored a short-handed goal just five seconds into the third period to
kindle a rally. Ekman-Larsson's goal, which tied a franchise record for
quickest to open a period, came from beyond center ice after Lauri Korpikoski
won the faceoff.
Martin Hanzal netted the go-ahead goal 3:42 later and Sam Gagner scored on a
power play later in the period as Arizona ended its seven-game slide while
sending Toronto to its eighth straight loss.
"After the second period we thought we deserved a better fate in the game,"
said Coyotes Dave Tippett. "We had created a lot of chances."
Mike Smith had 24 saves in the win, which also stopped a five-game road losing
streak for the Coyotes, who are in the midst of an eight-game trek. It was
their first win away from home since Dec. 23 in Edmonton.
The Coyotes, who are just 8-13-3 away from home, will visit Montreal tomorrow
before completing the swing Tuesday in Columbus.
Ottawa has lost three of its last four games and is coming off Thursday's 6-3
setback against former Senators captain Jason Spezza and his Dallas Stars.
Thursday's game was closer than the final score made it seem, as Ottawa
rallied from down 3-0 to even the contest by the early stages of the third
period. John Klingberg snapped the tie for Dallas in the latter stages of the
third period before Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn added empty-net markers to
arrive at the final margin.
Mika Zibanejad, Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson scored once each for the
Senators, who have lost seven of their last 10. Robin Lehner allowed four
goals on 39 shots in the setback.
"We weren't competitive enough, we weren't detailed enough," Ottawa coach Dave
Although his team picked up a victory, Spezza failed to reach the scoresheet
as he returned to Ottawa for the first time since requesting a trade from the
Senators last summer. Spezza, who registered four shots on goal in 16:17 of
ice time, was booed the first time he touched the puck, but the Canadian Tire
Centre crowd cheered a tribute shown on the video board shortly after.
With Craig Anderson on injured reserve with a bruised hand, Lehner will start
again today. Lehner is 2-4-1 with a 3.28 goals against average in seven
career outings against Arizona.
The Sens are closing a three-game homestand this afternoon and are 10-7-4 as
the host this season.
Arizona and the Senators each have three wins in the last six meetings in this
series, but Ottawa has claimed 11 of the past 15 encounters. The Coyotes had
lost six straight -- all in regulation -- on the road in this matchup before
posting an overtime win in Ottawa on Dec. 21, 2013.
LOS ANGELES KINGS (21-15-12) AT BOSTON BRUINS (26-16-7), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings will aim for their first set of
consecutive wins in over a month when they visit the Boston Bruins for
Saturday's evening showdown at TD Garden.
The defending Stanley Cup champions halted a four-game slide (0-2-2) with
Wednesday's close win over visiting Chicago and they hope to keep it going
today in Beantown. Los Angeles, however, hasn't put together two wins in a row
since notching consecutive home victories against St. Louis and Arizona on
Dec. 18 and 20, respectively.
L.A., which is one point behind Calgary for the last playoff spot in the West,
also will try to get off to a positive start on its five-game road trip. The
Kings enter Saturday's road tilt with a poor 5-9-6 mark as the guest compared
to a 16-6-6 record at home.
Los Angeles has 38 points at home this season, tying the 1980-81 and 1990-91
teams for the most points through 28 home games in franchise history.
The Kings earned their 16th home win of 2014-15 with a 4-3 triumph over the
Blackhawks, who lost in seven games to L.A. in last spring's battle for the
Western Conference title.
Jake Muzzin scored the game-winning goal with 3:37 to play, helping the Kings
overcome several one-goal deficits to record the regulation win. L.A. trailed
1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before eclipsing the Hawks.
Tyler Toffoli returned to the lineup after a six-game absence due to
mononucleosis and delivered the tying goal just 2:34 before Muzzin scored the
Jeff Carter finished with two goals and an assist for the Kings, while
Jonathan Quick stopped 26-of-29 shots in the win.
"It was huge," Toffoli said. "It was the last game at home for a while, and
playing against a really good team like Chicago. I think we played really well
After today's tilt, L.A. is idle until visiting Washington on Tuesday. The
Kings won't play their next home test until hosting Calgary on Feb. 12.
The Bruins enter Saturday having posted a 7-1-1 record over their last nine
games and Boston recently wrapped a three-game road trip with a win on Long
Boston capped a 2-0-1 swing with Thursday's 5-2 rout of the New York
Islanders. Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith tallied three points each, while
Tuukka Rask made 43 saves to anchor the victory at Nassau Coliseum.
Lucic and Smith each had a goal and two assists for Boston. Patrice Bergeron,
Kevan Miller and Torey Krug also hit the net.
Boston led 2-0 in the first period before allowing the Isles to even the score
on second-period goals from John Tavares and Michael Grabner. However, Miller
tallied the game-winner with just 3.4 seconds remaining in the middle stanza
and the Bruins added to their cushion in the third period with goals from Krug
"In the third period, we found that game again that was so good for us in the
first," said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
Boston will try to avoid getting swept in the two-game season series against
L.A. The Kings recorded a 2-0 home win over the B's on Dec. 2 with Quick
making 31 saves for the shutout.
The Bruins have lost two of three and seven of their last 10 overall
encounters with the Kings, but Boston has taken the last two meetings at TD
Quick boasts a 7-3-0 career mark against Boston with a 2.04 goals against
average. Rask is 1-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA in two lifetime appearance in this
The Bruins recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence of the American
Hockey League on Friday and sent Rask's regular backup Niklas Svedberg to the
AHL squad for conditioning.
Subban, younger brother of Montreal star defenseman P.K. Subban, was the 24th
overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft. He has never played at the NHL level and
this marks his first call-up to the Bruins.
FLORIDA PANTHERS (21-15-10) AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS (18-22-9), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers will attempt to get their playoff
chances back on track Saturday evening as they visit the New Jersey Devils.
The Panthers halted a season-high five-game skid with Thursday's 3-2 win over
the Columbus Blue Jackets. It also brought a 10-game skid versus Columbus to
an end as well as a six-game losing streak at home.
Sean Bergenheim played slump-buster by potting the game-winning goal with 6:52
left to play. He deflected a wrister from Dmitry Kulikov into the net right
before taking a stick to the face by the Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson.
"Lucky I got the puck first, then I took the stick on the mouth," Bergenheim
Jonathan Huberdeau and rookie Aaron Ekblad both scored in the second period
for the Panthers, who got 30 saves from Roberto Luongo. Aleksander Barkov,
coming off a three-point game, had an assist to give him 10 points in his past
Florida's recent skid has put it six points behind the New York Rangers for
the Eastern Conference's second wild card spot.
The Panthers hope to rebound tonight, but the Devils have won four of the past
five encounters overall. That includes a 5-1 victory in Florida back on Oct.
New Jersey has won four in a row at home in this series.
Luongo is 10-14-0 in his career versus the Devils, posting a 2.93 goals
against average, .912 save percentage and three shutouts in 24 meetings.
The Devils were aiming for a third victory in a row last night in a matchup
with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, but collapsed late in a 2-1 overtime
Peter Harrold took a late high-sticking penalty in the third period and the
Pens cashed in to tie the game with 3:11 on the clock before Simon Despres won
it with 2:39 remaining in overtime. He used a screen to beat Devils netminder
"No penalty at that time is a good penalty. It gave them life. Couldn't afford
to do that," said Harrold.
Steve Bernier scored in the loss and Schneider made a season-high 41 saves in
his league-leading 43rd start.
Keith Kinkaid is expected to start in net tonight and has never before faced
the Panthers. Kinkaid is 1-3-3 on the season in nine games (5 starts) with a
2.54 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
CAROLINA HURRICANES (17-25-6) AT NEW YORK RANGERS (27-15-4), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Having struggled offensively in back-to-back games
following the All-Star break, the New York Rangers try to avoid their longest
skid in over two months on Saturday night as they host the Carolina
The Rangers put together a 16-3-0 mark over 19 games leading up to the All-
Star break, but followed the hiatus with a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders
two days prior to Thursday's 1-0 setback to the Montreal Canadiens.
Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves versus the Habs in the opener of a four-game
homestand and did not allow the only goal of the game until there was 4:17
left. He was finally solved by the Habs when Max Pacioretty snapped a shot
through the legs of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh.
"It's tough for any goalie to pick up a shot like that with a quick release
and a little bit of a screen by myself," McDonagh said.
New York now tries to avoid losing three in a row for the first time since an
0-1-2 slide from Nov. 13-17. The Blueshirts haven't lost three in a row in
regulation since Oct. 11-14.
The Rangers do draw a favorable matchup as they have won four straight and 14
of their last 15 meetings with the Hurricanes. That includes a sweep of a
home-and-home series on Dec. 20-21, capped with a 1-0 triumph in New York.
The Blueshirts have won eight in a row at home in this series as backup Cam
Talbot made 18 saves and McDonagh scored in the first period.
New York has not lost at home to Carolina since Oct. 29, 2010 and Lundqvist is
19-9-1 versus the Hurricanes with a 2.13 goals against average and .924 save
percentage in 29 meetings.
Anton Khudobin made 30 saves in the recent setback to the Rangers.
Khudobin had a rough go of things last night for the Hurricanes, getting
lifted early in a 3-2 shootout loss as he yielded two goals on three shots.
Cam Ward halted all 29 shots he faced through overtime in relief as Carolina
rallied to get a point.
"The goalie change was more just to slow their momentum down," said Carolina
head coach Bill Peters. "It's obviously not a reflection of the goaltender,
but we didn't start on time, that's for sure."
Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who had a three-
game winning streak snapped. Ward gave up the only goal of the shootout, beat
by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the second round.
Carolina begins a four-game road trip tonight and Ward figures to get the
start. He is 10-12-4 versus the Rangers in 27 meetings, posting a 2.44 GAA,
.924 save percentage and two shutouts.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-24-4) AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (21-22-7), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend a perfect
start to a five-game homestand when they host the sliding Toronto Maple Leafs
in Saturday's battle at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers have matched a season-high winning streak by going 3-0 to begin
this stay in South Philadelphia. Craig Berube's club picked up its most recent
win with Thursday's 5-2 decision over the Winnipeg Jets.
Nick Schultz picked up the game-winner in the second period against the Jets,
while Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier scored in the third to help Philly
improve to 14-7-3 as the host.
Wayne Simmonds and Chris VandeVelde also scored for the Flyers, winners of
four of their last five.
Schultz's goal was his first marker since he tallied for Edmonton back on
April 8, 2013. The defenseman's score on Thursday snapped a 2-2 tie and halted
his goal drought at 125 games.
In his first start since Jan. 8, Steve Mason picked up his second straight
positive result thanks to 36 saves. Mason made his return from a lower-body
injury with a victory in relief of starter Ray Emery on Tuesday against
"I feel really good. The injury hasn't been a problem which is great," Mason
said of his knee issue which kept him sidelined for more than two weeks. "More
importantly I thought my game felt sharper than last night or the night before
rather, which is obviously a positive sign as well."
Flyers forward Michael Raffl sat out Thursday with an illness and is
questionable for tonight.
After this evening's game, the Flyers are off until completing this homestand
with Thursday's game against the New York Islanders.
Toronto is mired in an eight-game losing streak and the club suffered its
seventh regulation defeat of the slide on Thursday despite carrying a 1-0 lead
into the third period against visiting Arizona.
The Coyotes used a three-goal third period to halt a seven-game slide of their
own and drop Toronto to 0-7-1 over its last eight. Arizona's Oliver Ekman-
Larsson scored a short-handed goal five seconds into the third period to tie
the game and kindle the game-winning rally.
Martin Hanzal netted the go-ahead goal for the Coyotes 3:42 after Ekman-
Larsson scored and Sam Gagner added a power-play marker to pad the cushion.
Phil Kessel scored in the first period for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-15-1 in
their last 19 outings and 1-8-1 since Peter Horachek took over for fired head
coach Randy Carlyle on an interim basis.
The Coyotes peppered Jonathan Bernier, who stopped 32 shots in two periods but
allowed three goals on 13 in the third. Bernier fell to 0-5-1 over his last
six starts and allowed three goals or more for the fourth time during that
James Reimer could get the call in net tonight as the Leafs begin a three-game
road trip. Reimer is 2-3-0 with a 3.11 goals against average in his career
against Philadelphia, while Mason, a native of the Greater Toronto area, is
3-3-1 with a 3.64 GAA in seven lifetime appearances versus the Leafs.
The Flyers posted a 7-4 win in Toronto on Dec. 20 behind four-point nights
from both Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Giroux had two goals and two
helpers, while Voracek notched four assists.
Voracek leads the NHL with 58 points and 41 assists, while Giroux has 52
points on 16 goals and 36 assists.
Philadelphia has claimed two straight and eight of the past 12 meetings with
the Leafs, who have lost eight of their last 11 at Wells Fargo Center.
Toronto is just 7-13-4 on the road and has lost eight in a row as the guest
since beating Boston on Dec. 31. The Leafs will continue their swing Tuesday
in Nashville before visiting New Jersey on Friday.
DALLAS STARS (22-19-7) AT WINNIPEG JETS (26-16-8), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to avoid posting their
longest losing streak since October as they host the Dallas Stars on Saturday
night at MTS Centre.
The Jets have lost back-to-back games on the heels of a five-game win streak,
putting the current Western Conference wild card holders four points behind
Chicago and six back of St. Louis in the Central Division. They also are eight
points off the pace of first-place Nashville.
Winnipeg was defeated 5-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, with Mathieu
Perreault scoring both goals for the visitors. He lit the lamp for the first
time since scoring four goals on Jan. 13 versus Florida and his 18 tallies on
the season are one off the career-high 19 he had in 69 games a season ago.
"I feel a lot better today, but at the end of the day, it's not good enough
for our team," said Perreault. "We were sitting pretty in the standings. Then
you lose two, so we've got to start winning. You can't wait until late March
to get going."
Michael Hutchinson took the loss despite 27 stops as the Jets are in danger of
losing three in a row for the first time since a season-high four-game slide
from Oct. 11-19.
Netminder Ondrej Pavelec may be the one to try to help Winnipeg snap its skid
if the club's goaltender rotation remains in place. Pavelec is 4-3-0 lifetime
versus the Stars in seven games (6 starts) with a 3.65 goals against average
and .900 save percentage.
The Jets have won the first two of four meetings this season with the Stars,
both in Dallas, and have split four encounters in Winnipeg since relocating
The Stars put their own two-game losing streak to rest on Thursday, overcoming
a blown lead to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3.
Dallas led 3-0 in the first period before Ottawa scored twice in the final
four minutes of the frame and then saw the Senators pull even 2:45 into the
However, John Klingberg scored unassisted with 9:09 to play and Dallas got
empty-net goals from Trevor Daley and Jaime Benn, both shorthanded.
Despite the win, head coach Lindy Ruff thought the Stars played better in
Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Montreal.
"I didn't like the mistakes we made when the game was 3-0," Ruff said. "They
won a puck battle on a faceoff; they won a puck battle inside the blue line.
When you are winning 3-0 those are battles you got to win. Tonight, we found a
way to win. The other night, we deserved to win and didn't."
Benn also scored in the first period, Daley added two assists and both Colton
Sceviour and Ales Hemsky tallied to back Kari Lehtonen's 25 saves.
Dallas is four points back of a wild card spot and will likely turn to
Lehtonen, who is 4-1-1 lifetime versus the Jets in six meetings with a 1.95
GAA and .944 save percentage.
Winnipeg placed forward Matt Halischuk on injured reserve Friday due to an
undisclosed injury and recalled winger T.J. Galiardi from the minors.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (21-22-3) AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (31-15-4), 7:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning aim to keep hold of first place
in the Atlantic Division and extend their longest home winning streak in
franchise history on Saturday night as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Lightning were handed only their third loss in nine games with a 4-2
setback at Carolina on Tuesday, but returned home to roll past the Detroit Red
Wings 5-1 on Thursday. It was Tampa Bay's ninth straight win at home and
improved the club to 20-4-1 at Amalie Arena on the season.
The Bolts have not lost at home since Dec. 9 versus Washington.
Rookie Cedric Paquette led the rout of Detroit with his first career hat
trick, giving him nine goals in 40 career games, while Steven Stamkos and Mark
Barberio also scored. Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn added two assists each.
"It never gets old watching those hats go over the wall," Tampa Bay head coach
Jon Cooper said of Paquette's hat trick. "He earned every one."
Ben Bishop posted 27 saves for the Lightning, who with 66 points are one ahead
of both Montreal and Detroit for first place in the division. The Canadiens
and Red Wings are both in action at home on Saturday afternoon.
Columbus, meanwhile, was defeated 3-2 by Florida on Thursday, snapping a 10-
game winning streak over the Panthers with a sixth loss in nine games overall.
Defenseman Jack Johnson and rookie Alexander Wennberg had second-period goals,
while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves.
"I thought we had some energy and some jump ... we gave ourselves an
opportunity," McElhinney said.
Columbus has been hit hard with injuries all season along and still remains
without Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner while recently losing No. 1 goaltender
Sergei Bobrovsky. However, forward Artem Anisimov returned to action on
Thursday after missing 23 games in a row with a torn triceps, while defenseman
Ryan Murray could be back in the lineup tonight.
Murray, the second overall pick of the 2012 draft, has been held to just four
games this season due to injury. He sat out the first seven contests while
recovering from knee surgery, then experienced a setback in early November and
has missed the last 36 contests.
The Jackets and Bolts have split the first two of three meetings this season.
Tampa Bay recorded a 7-4 win in Columbus on Nov. 8, getting goals from six
different players, but the Blue Jackets came back with a 3-1 road win on Dec.
That was only Columbus' second victory all-time at Tampa (2-5-2).
Bishop is 1-2-0 with a 1.77 goals against average and a .918 save percentage
in three meetings (2 starts) with the Jackets, while McElhinney is 2-4-0 with
a 2.68 GAA and .916 save percentage in seven games (4 starts) versus the
EDMONTON OILERS (13-27-9) AT CALGARY FLAMES (26-20-3), 10 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames hope to bounce back from their first
shutout defeat of the season on Saturday night when they play host to the
The Flames began a six-game homestand with Tuesday's win over the Buffalo
Sabres, getting a pair of goals from Johnny Gaudreau and 17 saves by Jonas
Hiller, but were blanked 1-0 by the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
The Wild's Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 of the Flames' shots on net as Calgary
lost for just the second time in seven games. Hiller made 31 saves.
Calgary forward Sean Monahan had a five-game point streak snapped. He had four
goals and two assists over the run.
"It's a tough loss, but like usual we battled hard," Calgary head coach Bob
The Flames are two points behind the Vancouver Canucks for third place in the
Pacific Division. Their 55 points are just one point ahead of the Los Angeles
Kings and three back of the second-place San Jose Sharks.
Hiller is likely to start again tonight and is an excellent 15-4-1 with a 1.98
goals against average and .929 save percentage in 23 career meetings versus
the Oilers with 20 starts. He has yielded four goals on 47 shots in a pair of
wins this season.
Calgary has won its past five versus Edmonton, including the first three of
five encounters this season.
Though the Oilers rank 29th out of 30 NHL teams this season, they have won
three of their past four. That includes a victory on Thursday over the Sabres,
who are last in the league standings and four points back of Edmonton.
Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in the 3-2 win over the Sabres, while Anton Lander
factored into all three goals with his first tally of the season and two
"He was exceptional, by far the best player on the ice," Oilers coach Todd
Nelson said of Lander.
Defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored his first goal of the season, while Matt
Fraser tallied as well.
Already without forward Taylor Hall, who is questionable for this game with a
bruised left leg, blueliner Nikita Nikitin was lost indefinitely due to a
shoulder injury suffered versus the Sabres.
Edmonton will play eight of its next nine on the road and Scrivens figures to
start. He is 0-2-1 with a 3.42 GAA and .864 save percentage lifetime versus
the Flames in five games with three starts.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (31-16-2) AT SAN JOSE SHARKS (26-17-6), 10:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks may not be at
the very top of the NHL standings, but they recently showed they can run with
the league's elite.
The Blackhawks and Sharks both aim to build off recent victories on Saturday
night when they clash in San Jose.
Chicago and San Jose are coming off wins over the Anaheim Ducks, who lead the
NHL in points with 70. The Sharks topped their division rivals 6-3 on
Thursday, while the Blackhawks handed the Ducks a 4-1 setback last night.
San Jose got 25 saves from Antti Niemi and goals from six different skaters in
picking up the home win. Joe Pavelski had a power-play goal and Brenden Dillon
Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each tallied a goal and an
assist as the Sharks moved to 3-1-1 on a seven-game homestand.
"Special teams got us going and it was good to see," Pavelski said after
scoring for a third game in a row.
The Sharks are second in the Pacific Division with 58 points, one ahead of the
Vancouver Canucks and 12 back of the Ducks. San Jose didn't lose ground in the
race for first place thanks to Chicago's victory last night.
Patrick Kane scored twice and had an assist on Friday versus the Ducks, while
Patrick Sharp assisted on all four goals. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith lit
the lamp as well, while Corey Crawford finished with 21 saves.
The Blackhawks, who were up 3-0 entering the third, blew three one-goal leads
in Wednesday's 4-3 loss at Los Angeles, and perhaps thoughts of that game
entered their minds when Anaheim finally scored with 9:54 remaining.
But Kane put Chicago back up by three with 6:35 left as Chicago won for the
third time in four games.
"I thought that fourth goal was a big goal for us," said Chicago coach Joel
The Blackhawks, who play the fourth of a seven-game road trip tonight, have a
four-point edge over the Winnipeg Jets for third place in the Central Division
and are two points behind St. Louis in the division standings.
The 'Hawks won the first of three meetings with the Sharks this season 5-2 at
Chicago on Nov. 9. Toews had a goal and an assist and Crawford made 32 saves.
Backup Antti Raanta is expected to start tonight for Chicago and face San Jose
for the first time. He is a solid 7-3-0 on the campaign with a 1.87 goals
against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games (10 starts)
Pavelski had both of the Sharks' goals versus the Blackhawks, Joe Thornton had
two assists and Niemi yielded all four goals on 36 shots.
Niemi fell to 6-7-1 versus Chicago with a 2.94 GAA and.910 save percentage in
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