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Saturday, November 22
(All times Eastern)
ST. LOUIS BLUES (12-6-1) AT OTTAWA SENATORS (9-5-4), 3 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues will try to shake off a rough start
to a four-game road trip when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Saturday's
matinee at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Blues had won three straight and 10 of 11 before embarking on their
current swing. St. Louis was blanked 2-0 Tuesday in Boston and then dropped a
4-1 decision in Thursday's clash against the Montreal Canadiens.
St. Louis has struggled on the road this season, going 4-3-1 as the guest
compared to a stout 8-3-0 mark at home.
The Blues may have a difficult time picking up a win tonight, considering
their recent history against Ottawa. The Senators have won two straight and
seven of the past nine meetings overall and St. Louis has dropped six of seven
in Canada's capital city.
Ottawa enters today's clash having won two of its last three games and the
Sens notched a 3-2 victory over visiting Nashville on Thursday. The Senators
trailed 1-0 early in the first period, but took control of the game with three
markers in the second period.
Bobby Ryan, Alex Chiasson and Jared Cowen all had second-period goals, while
Robin Lehner made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period, to record the
"We hadn't played in a few days, and I think they had a little more speed than
us coming out," Lehner said. "I think we made it difficult for ourselves,
putting the puck in the wrong spots, but I think we came out in the second and
third and played the right way, really worked at it. We tried to outwork them
and that's what paid off in the end."
The victory pushed Ottawa's home record to 5-1-3. The Sens will complete a
brief two-game residency this afternoon before beginning a five-game road trip
Monday in Detroit.
The Blues grabbed an early lead in Montreal on Thursday, but the Habs tallied
the final four goals of the game to skate away with the easy win.
Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring at 7:45 of the first period, notching
his team-leading 11th goal of the season. The score stayed that way until Dale
Weise and Max Pacioretty tallied less than three minutes apart early in the
Rookie Jake Allen stopped 26-of-30 shots for St. Louis and fell to 5-2-0 on
"Right from the start we weren't really good," Blues defenseman Jay
Bouwmeester said. "We have to figure it out on the road."
Brian Elliott is expected to start in net today and is 1-0-1 with a 1.94 goals
against average in two career outings against the Sens.
Lehner is 2-0 with a 2.79 GAA in his career versus St. Louis and is expected
to get the start tonight.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (15-5-1) AT BOSTON BRUINS (13-8-0), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens will begin a road-heavy stretch
of play on Saturday night with a stop in Boston to take on the rival Bruins
for the third time this season.
The Habs are set to play three straight and seven of their next eight on the
road, where they are 6-2-1 on the season. This slate of games comes on the
heels of Montreal having played eight of 10 at home to begin the month.
The Canadiens packed their bags on a winning note, having topped the St. Louis
Blues 4-1 on Thursday. Max Pacioretty led the charge on his 26th birthday with
a pair of goals.
"I told my parents this morning that this is my time, around my birthday, but
I don't want to get too far ahead of myself," Pacioretty said. "I'm just happy
to contribute and hope we all keep going now."
Dale Weise and Lars Eller also scored and Carey Price made 31 saves for the
Canadiens, who rebounded from Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh to win for the
seventh time in their last eight games.
Pacioretty leads Montreal with 10 goals and 18 points, and he also netted a
pair of tallies in a 5-1 victory over visiting Boston on Nov. 13. Weise and
Eller scored as well and Price made 21 saves as the Canadiens defeated the
Bruins for the third straight time and for the eighth time in the last nine
Dougie Hamilton picked up the lone score in defeat and Niklas Svedberg was on
the hook for all five goals on 34 shots for the Bruins, who have lost four
straight at home in this series.
Price will start for the Habs tonight and is 19-8-3 lifetime against the
Bruins with a 2.50 goals against average and .918 save percentage.
Boston returns home to play for a second straight night having topped the
Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout last night. Alex Khokhlachev had the
lone tally of the tiebreaker, lighting the lamp in the seventh round.
Khokhlachev was recalled from the American Hockey League on Thursday on an
emergency basis and was inserted into the lineup when David Krejci was a late
scratch due to an undisclosed issue. Friday night marked his second career
Khokhlachev's heroics were made possible thanks to third-period goals from
Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille as Boston went on to win its
third straight and eighth in the past 10.
"That was a good comeback win knowing we're down two goals going into the
third," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Svedberg stopped 25 shots through overtime for a Bruins club that also was
without Brad Marchand due to an unknown injury.
With Svedberg having started last night, Tuukka Rask is likely to start in net
versus the Canadiens. He is just 3-11-3 with a 2.80 GAA and .902 save
percentage in this matchup.
DETROIT RED WINGS (10-4-5) AT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (10-8-2), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to complete a perfect
three-game road trip and notch their longest winning streak of the season
Saturday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
The Red Wings have won three of four games and posted wins in Columbus and
Winnipeg to begin their current road trip. Detroit will aim for its first
three-game winning streak of the season when it faces the rival Maple Leafs
Detroit is 2-0 on this swing despite playing both tilts without star forward
Pavel Datsyuk, who is battling a groin injury. Datsyuk has missed four of the
last six games with the lingering issue and he will sit out Saturday as well.
The Russian veteran has five goals and six assists in 10 games this season.
After slamming the Blue Jackets by a 5-0 score on Tuesday, the Red Wings
rallied for Thursday's close victory in Winnipeg. Tomas Tatar scored twice,
including the winner late in the third period, to help Detroit erase deficits
of 2-0 and 3-2 en route to a 4-3 victory.
Tatar's second goal of the game came 2:10 after Justin Abdelkader tied the
score at 3-3 for the Red Wings, who have won back-to-back games for the first
time since beating Washington and Los Angeles from Oct. 29-31.
The Red Wings haven't won three in a row since a four-game run from March 29-
April 4 of last season.
"We came back once so we knew it was going to be in the back of their heads,"
said Johan Franzen, who also scored for Detroit. "They'd be a bit insecure
with the lead when they dropped two goals against us. So we stuck with it and
had a good road game."
Detroit's Petr Mrazek made 28 saves in his first game of the season.
Jimmy Howard will get the start in net tonight for the Red Wings. He is 3-1-1
with a 2.23 goals against average in his career against Toronto.
The Red Wings swept a home-and-home series with Toronto from Oct. 17-18,
extending Detroit's winning streak in this series to four games. The Maple
Leafs, who have dropped three straight on home ice to the Wings, haven't
beaten Detroit since taking last season's Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.
The Maple leafs were able to halt a three-game skid with Thursday's home win
over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Toronto notched a 5-2 decision over the Bolts
after getting outscored by a 17-5 margin during its losing streak.
After getting torched 9-2 in Tuesday's home game against Nashville, the Leafs
rebounded with the win over Tampa.
Behind a three-goal second period in which James van Riemsdyk scored twice,
the Maple Leafs were able to put the humiliating defeat against the Predators
"It was nice for us," said van Riemsdyk. "When things aren't going well for us
in this city, I think there is a lot of overanalyzing going on. You've got the
most passionate fans in the world here and a lot of (media) coverage, so you
know there's going to be a lot of people giving their two cents worth on us."
Roman Polak added a goal and an assist, while Richard Panik and David Clarkson
also tallied. Jonathan Bernier aided Toronto's cause with 26 saves, half of
which came during the pivotal second period.
It's unclear if Bernier or James Reimer will get the start in net tonight.
Bernier is 2-2-2 with a 2.73 GAA in eight career games -- five starts --
against Detroit, while Reimer is 0-3-0 with a lofty 3.96 GAA in this matchup.
MINNESOTA WILD (11-7-0) AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (13-6-2), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Minnesota Wild will aim for a fifth straight
victory and a season sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning when the clubs meet
Saturday in Central Florida.
The Wild have recorded four straight wins on the heels of a four-game losing
streak, as the club posted both its longest winning streak and skid of the
season over the past eight games.
Tampa Bay, however, will have revenge on its mind this evening after suffering
its most lopsided loss of the season against the Wild on Oct. 25. Minnesota
slammed the visiting Bolts by a 7-2 score to give it wins in three of four and
seven of the past 10 meetings. Jason Zucker scored twice for the Wild, and
Zach Parise added a goal and an assist.
The Wild also have claimed three of the past five meetings in Tampa.
Minnesota opened a three-game homestand with Thursday's dramatic 3-2 victory
in Philadelphia. The Flyers tied the game at 2-2 on Claude Giroux's goal with
3:30 remaining in regulation, but Zucker scored the game-winner with 45.4
Zucker was uncovered at the right side of the net and he hammered home Ryan
Suter's cross-ice pass to provide the winning score.
Marco Scandella and Nino Niederreiter both had a goal and one assist for the
Wild. Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 Flyers shots in just the Wild's third win in 10
all-time trips to Philadelphia.
"I felt good, coming on the road into this building with a real hungry team I
felt I was going to have to be good tonight," Kuemper said.
Kuemper is 2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average in two career outings
against the Lightning. He stopped 17-of-19 shots to pick up the win in last
month's blowout win over Tampa.
The Lightning hope to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season
when they take the ice tonight. Tampa, which trails Montreal by three points
for the Atlantic Division lead, has lost two in a row for only the second time
this season with a pair of recent 5-2 setbacks.
The Bolts opened a three-game road trip Monday with a 5-1 win over the New
York Rangers, but then lost 5-2 decisions against the Islanders and Toronto
Tampa was tied 1-1 with the Leafs after 20 minutes on Thursday, but Toronto
scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take control of the
Ben Bishop stopped just 16-of-20 shots for the Lightning, while Steven Stamkos
and Alex Killorn each had goals in the loss.
"We have made some costly mistakes the last couple of games for whatever
reason," Stamkos said. "It's not the way we played in the first 18 games."
Tampa is playing the first of three straight on home ice tonight and boasts a
7-2-1 mark this season at Amalie Arena.
Bishop expects to start Saturday and is 1-1-0 with a 2.24 GAA in his career
Lightning forward Cedric Paquette sat out Thursday's test with a lower-body
injury but he could return tonight. The rookie has five goals in 11 games this
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (13-3-2) AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS (13-6-0), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders are proving to be a tough team to
The hosting Isles look to make another statement on Saturday night as they go
for a sweep of a home-and-home series with the Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh
New York has won two straight and seven of its last eight games, with last
night's 5-4 shootout victory in Pittsburgh pulling the club to within two
points of first place in the division.
The teams combined for five goals in the first period and the Penguins got a
game-tying goal from Patrick Hornqvist with 7:00 left in the third period
before Kyle Okposo netted the winner in the tiebreaker.
After both Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Frans Nielsen of New York scored in
the second round, the Pens' Brandon Sutter came up empty on his attempt and
Okposo ended things by a backhand-forehand move past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists, while Nick Leddy, Matt Martin and
Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Isles. Chad Johnson ended with 26 saves as
the Islanders improved to 7-0-0 when leading after two periods.
"We were resilient," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "We came back and
had some good chances. We stayed at it."
New York did lose Calvin de Haan to injury in the third period after the
defenseman crashed into the boards.
New York snapped a four-game slide to Pittsburgh and has lost four in a row
and seven of the past eight in this series played on Long Island.
Jaroslav Halak figures to start tonight for the Isles and is 3-4-0 with a 2.27
goals against average and .919 save percentage in seven lifetime meetings.
Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau and Sutter lit the lamp for Pittsburgh in defeat,
while Hornqvist added an assist and Evgeni Malkin supplied two helpers. Still,
the Pens lost for only the second time in 12 games.
"We just didn't play a full 60 minutes," Crosby said. "We didn't really
deserve to win the game."
Fleury made 31 saves in defeat and was denied his 300th career win.
He'll have to wait a little longer for another chance at the milestone victory
as Thomas Greiss is expected to start tonight. It will be the fourth start of
the season for the backup and Greiss is 1-0-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .935 save
percentage in three prior meetings with the Isles, including one start.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (6-11-2) AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (7-9-2), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers hope to avoid posting their
longest losing streak of the season on Saturday night as they play host to the
Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time in a little over a week.
The Flyers have lost four straight in regulation, matching their longest
winless drought of the campaign first set with an 0-2-2 start to the season.
Philadelphia was edged 3-2 on home ice by Minnesota on Thursday night, with
the Wild's Jason Zucker putting home the game-winning goal with 45.4 seconds
left to play.
Claude Giroux had tied the game on a Philadelphia power play with 3:30
remaining in regulation. Mark Streit also scored and Ray Emery made 26 saves
for the Flyers.
"Of course it's a tough way to lose," said Giroux. "We played the right way
the whole game and gave ourselves a chance to win."
Jakub Voracek, meanwhile, notched his NHL-leading 20th assist and 27th point
of the season. He has a point in 10 straight home games, logging five goals
and 11 assists over that time.
Though Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto sat out the game with a lower-body
ailment and forward Chris VandeVelde sustained a lower-body injury in the
contest that has him day-to-day, the club did get a pair of blueliners back in
Andrew MacDonald returned after missing 10 games in a row with a lower-body
issue, while Luke Schenn played for the first time in four contests after
battling an upper-body injury.
The Flyers seem likely to start goaltender Steve Mason, who spent his first
four-plus NHL seasons with Columbus and is 1-2-0 with a 3.42 goals against
average and .894 save percentage in three career meetings with his former
That includes a 4-3 loss in Philadelphia on Nov. 14, when Mason yielded all
four Blue Jackets goals on 38 shots.
Giroux, Voracek and Del Zotto all scored in the loss, while Columbus got a
pair of goals from both James Wisniewski and Nick Foligno to snap a nine-game
overall losing streak and beat the Flyers for a fourth straight game.
Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves as Columbus won its second straight in
McElhinney could face the Flyers again tonight after Sergei Bobrovsky started
last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Bobrovsky did his part by
coming up with 38 saves, then stopping the first six skaters he faced in the
shootout until getting beaten by Alex Khokhlachev in the seventh round.
Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno scored first-period goals for the Blue Jackets
and that edge held until Boston scored three times in the third. Jack Johnson,
though, secured extra time by scoring on a feed from Johansen with 7:13 left
"To take a 2-0 lead into the third period and come away with one point, it
feels like a loss," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.
Foligno's goal was his team-leading 10th of the season and he is second on the
club with 20 points.
BUFFALO SABRES (5-13-2) AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS (9-7-3), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - After having a home game scrapped due to a massive snow
storm, the Buffalo Sabres will aim for a season-high third straight victory
when they visit the Washington Capitals for Saturday's clash at Verizon
Buffalo posted recent home wins over Toronto and San Jose, giving the
rebuilding Sabres consecutive victories for the first time this season. The
club hasn't won three straight since Feb. 25-28.
The Sabres were going to try and complete a perfect three-game homestand in
Friday's scheduled meeting with the New York Rangers, but the game was
postponed thanks to extreme weather in the Buffalo area. The game has been
rescheduled for Feb. 20, while Buffalo's originally scheduled tilt against
Ottawa that night was pushed up to Dec. 15.
Buffalo earned two of its five victories this season by picking up a pair of
lopsided wins over the Maple Leafs and Sharks. The Sabres slammed Toronto by a
6-2 score last Saturday and then posted a 4-1 decision Tuesday against San
Jose. The win over the Sharks pushed Buffalo's all-time record in the series
Brian Gionta scored twice to lead Buffalo past the Sharks, while Brian Flynn
tallied a goal and an assist. Nicolas Deslauriers also scored for the Sabres,
who played in front of the roughly 6,200 people who were able to make it
through the snow to First Niagara Center.
"We didn't let our emotions get away from us and lose the game," Gionta said
of his team's composure.
Jhonas Enroth turned aside 19 shots in relief of Michal Neuvirth, who departed
with a lower-body injury after the first period. Neuvirth stopped all 10 shots
With Neuvirth injured, Enroth will get the start tonight with Nathan Lieuwen
serving as the backup. Enroth is 1-0-3 with a 3.37 goals against average in
four career starts against the Capitals.
Patrick Kaleta expects to play tonight after being forced to miss Tuesday's
game. Kaleta wasn't injured, but rather snowed in at his house and unable to
make it the arena.
Washington also enters Saturday aiming for a third consecutive victory. The
Capitals set a season-high with a three-game winning streak from Nov. 7-11 and
have won five of their last seven games.
The Caps won the final two tests of a three-game road trip, picking up wins in
Arizona and Colorado.
Alex Ovechkin scored with 5:56 left in the third period to lift Washington to
Thursday's 3-2 decision over the Avalanche.
Ovechkin received a pass from Brooks Orpik and made his way around Avalanche
defenseman Jan Hejda. Ovechkin fired the puck wide but took the carom off the
end boards and scored from the side of the net.
"It was a lucky bounce," said Ovechkin. "Obviously when I (made) a move I
didn't see the goalie was a little bit up so I would probably keep skating and
put it in the empty net, but luck was on my side and I was able to put it
Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin each had one goal and an assist for the
Capitals, while Jason Chimera also lit the lamp. Braden Holtby stopped 27-
of-29 shots in the win.
Holtby is likely to start in net tonight and is 3-1-1 with a 3.53 GAA in five
lifetime starts against Buffalo.
The Sabres won two of three meetings against the Caps last season, but
Washington has claimed four of six and five of the past eight encounters.
Buffalo has lost seven of nine in D.C.
Washington is 4-3-3 as the home club this season, while the Sabres own a 2-7-0
mark on the road.
FLORIDA PANTHERS (7-5-5) AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS (12-5-2), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators tied a franchise record for
goals earlier in the week, but they were unable to carry that offense over
into the next game.
The Preds hope to return to the win column when they host the Florida Panthers
in Saturday's clash at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville recorded a 9-2 victory Tuesday in Toronto to match the club mark for
most goals in a game. However, the Predators only managed two goals Thursday
night in Ottawa, and as a result had their win streak snapped at two games.
The Preds grabbed a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into Thursday's game, but
wound up losing a 3-2 decision to the Senators. Ottawa scored three times in
the third period to take control of the game.
Shea Weber tallied in the first period for Nashville. Olli Jokinen scored the
Preds' other goal just 1:16 into the third period to make it a 3-2 game, but
the visitors couldn't notch the equalizer.
Carter Hutton gave No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne a rare night off and allowed
all three goals on just 19 shots.
"You don't play that often, you have to be better," Hutton said. "You still
have to get wins when you play. I'm a competitive person and I want to be able
to help my team win games when I'm called upon. Tonight I didn't get the job
Hutton fell to 0-2-1 this season, but is sporting a solid 2.32 goals against
average and a .914 save percentage. Rinne, however, is 12-3-1 with a 1.92 GAA
and .930 save percentage.
Rinne will get the start tonight and is 3-2-1 with a 2.19 GAA in five lifetime
starts versus the Panthers.
Florida will try to complete its four-game road trip in winning fashion when
it visits the Preds tonight. The Panthers are 2-1-0 on the swing, picking up
victories in Anaheim and San Jose, while losing in Los Angeles.
Although the Panthers have two wins so far on this trek, a third victory could
be hard to come by considering Florida hasn't won in Nashville since Dec. 11,
1999. Since that 4-2 loss, the Predators are 6-0 with two ties in eight
meetings in the Music City. Nashville has claimed five of seven overall in
The Panthers rebounded from Tuesday's 5-2 setback in L.A. with Thursday's
shootout win over the Sharks. Nick Bjugstad scored a pair of goals in
regulation and fittingly netted the game-winner in the shootout, as Florida
downed San Jose, 3-2.
Florida surrendered the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation, as
Patrick Marleau beat Roberto Luongo with just 33.1 seconds remaining in the
third period. Earlier in the period, Luongo stopped Marleau on a penalty shot
Although the Panthers carried a power play 1:49 into overtime, they were
unable to end the contest in OT. After each team scored in the second round of
the shootout, Brent Burns rung one off the post for San Jose, and Bjugstad
followed with the difference maker.
Luongo made 28 saves for the Panthers, who swept the season series with the
Sharks. Florida also upended San Jose, 4-1, on Nov. 11.
Florida is expected to start Luongo again tonight. He is 16-13-3 with a 2.19
GAA in 33 career games (30 starts) against the Predators.
Forwards Sean Bergenheim and Scottie Upshall missed Thursday's game with
lower-body injuries and are questionable for tonight.
LOS ANGELES KINGS (11-5-4) AT DALLAS STARS (7-9-4), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars may not be reaching expectations this
season, but the offseason addition of Jason Spezza hasn't been to blame.
Spezza will hit the ice for the Stars just one day after inking a four-year
extension with the club as the Los Angeles Kings come to American Airlines
The Stars acquired Spezza from the Ottawa Senators on July 1 for three players
and a 2015 second-round draft pick. The 31-year-old left the Sens ranking
second on the club's all-time list in goals (251), assists (436) and points
(687) over 686 games.
The center hasn't slowed down with the Stars, recording four goals and 14
assists in 20 games, and Dallas prevented him from reaching free agency this
summer by handing Spezza a reported $30 million over the four years on Friday.
"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a
reflection of what we are building in Dallas," said general manager Jim Nill.
"The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our
success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."
Spezza had a late goal in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Arizona, one that
snapped Dallas' seven-game home losing streak (0-5-2). The Stars' last victory
at home had come on Oct. 21 versus Vancouver.
Defenseman John Klingberg and forward Cody Eakin got the rally started.
Klingberg, a 22-year-old defenseman, scored his first career goal 19 seconds
into the third period and Eakin followed 33 seconds later to give Dallas a 2-1
Kari Lehtonen turned aside 25 shots in a much-needed result for the slumping
Stars, who had dropped three straight and won for only the third time in their
last 13 outings.
"All I could try to do is stay sane and keep moving forward," said Lehtonen.
"It was nice we are able to get one of these come-from-behind wins. We have to
be happy about this and keep going."
Dallas will play the third contest of a five-game homestand tonight, while the
Kings are set to play three straight and nine of their next 12 on the road.
Los Angeles finished off a four-game homestand with a third straight victory,
following up a 2-0 loss to Dallas on Nov. 13 with wins over Anaheim, Florida
Tanner Pearson scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period in
Thursday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
"It feels good," said Pearson, who scored his first goal in 11 games.
"Whenever you are kind of in a drought, and I obviously haven't been playing
my best hockey lately, this game definitely helped a lot."
Jarret Stoll scored a power-play goal, making the Kings 6-for-12 on the man
advantage over the past three games, Trevor Lewis scored and Jonathan Quick
ended with 25 saves.
Quick is 5-0-2 with a 1.94 goals against average and .935 save percentage in
his last seven appearances.
The Kings moved to 10-2-1 at home this season, but are just 1-3-3 on the road.
However, that lone victory as the guest came in Dallas on Nov. 4, a 3-1
Los Angeles and Dallas are meeting for the third and final time this regular
season as Lehtonen made 27 saves and Spezza scored to hand the Kings a loss in
the opener of the recently-completed homestand.
Lehtonen is 11-8-1 with a 2.45 GAA and .916 save percentage in his career
versus the Kings.
Though the Stars have won nine of their last 14 versus the Kings overall, L.A.
has picked up a victory in 12 of its last 17 trips to Dallas.
Quick is 16-6-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage lifetime versus the
CAROLINA HURRICANES (6-10-3) AT COLORADO AVALANCHE (6-9-5), 9 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try on Saturday night to
secure their first victory in Colorado since relocating to Raleigh as they
visit the Avalanche and Pepsi Center.
The Hurricanes franchise has not picked up a victory in Denver since the
Hartford Whalers recorded a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 9, 1996. Since that
decision, the club has gone 0-8-1 with two ties in Colorado.
Carolina split two meetings with Colorado last season, but the Avs are 15-3-1
with three ties in the past 22 meetings overall.
The Hurricanes are playing the third contest of a five-game road trip,
splitting the first two. They are coming off a 3-2 setback to the Los Angeles
Kings on Thursday.
Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist for Carolina and Eric Staal also scored
to record his 700th career point. Cam Ward made 36 saves in the Hurricanes'
fourth loss in five games overall.
"Both goalies were good, Ward was there when we needed him and made some big
saves," said Staal. "They had a lot of shots and quality opportunities and he
made some key saves. We just didn't get enough."
Ward could get the start tonight and is 3-2-1 with a 2.97 goals against
average and .901 save percentage in his career against the Avs.
Colorado will be trying to avoid a second straight loss after getting bested
3-2 by the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Daniel Briere and Tyson Barrie
scored for the Avalanche, while Reto Berra made 20 saves as the Avalanche were
denied a third victory in a row.
"I thought we were outstanding defensively," said Colorado coach Patrick Roy.
"It's a tough situation losing a game where you think you played a good game,
but sometimes those things happen."
Berra got the start with Semyon Varlamov missing the game due to a groin
injury and the backup will face the Hurricanes for the first time in his
Colorado also will be without forward Alex Tanguay, who left Thursday's game
in the second period and did not return after getting hit in the face by a
slap shot taken by Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (9-9-2) AT CALGARY FLAMES (12-7-2), 10 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames will try to avoid dropping two games
in a row for the first time in almost a month as they play host on Saturday
night to the New Jersey Devils.
The Flames had a three-game winning streak come to an end with Thursday's 4-3
loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was only Calgary's third setback in the
past 10 games.
Paul Byron, Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman scored and Jonas Hiller allowed
four goals on 22 shots. Wideman's goal was his eighth of the season, most
among all NHL defensemen.
"We don't want to lose two in a row. We're in a position to respond," said
Flames coach Bob Hartley. "We've been responding very well since the start (of
Calgary is, in fact, 7-0-1 this season in games following a loss, with its
lone losing streak an 0-1-1 span on Oct. 25-28.
The Flames will end a five-game homestand tonight and Karri Ramo is expected
to get the start in net. He is 1-0-3 in his career versus the Devils with a
2.37 goals against average and .931 save percentage in five games (4 starts).
Calgary's last home game of the month will feature the return of a familiar
face in New Jersey forward Mike Cammalleri.
The 32-year-old has spent 3 1/2 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flames. He
skated with the club in 2008-09 and posted a career-high 39 goals and 82
points before signing a five-year deal with Montreal the following offseason.
The Flames then re-acquired him in a trade with the Canadiens on Jan. 12, 2012
and he finished out that campaign with 11 goals and 19 points in 28 games with
Cammalleri notched 26 goals and 45 points in 63 points with the Flames last
season and then signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Devils during
One notable difference Cammalleri has seen with the Devils is the goaltending
situation. While Hartley has rotated Hiller and Ramo all season, Cory
Schneider set a New Jersey club record on Friday night with his 20th straight
start to begin a season.
The workload didn't slow down Schneider on Friday versus Edmonton as he made
29 saves in a 2-0 victory. It marked his second shutout of the season and 14th
of his career and came on the night he broke Martin Brodeur's Devils record of
19 consecutive starts to open the 2001-02 season.
Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu each scored and Eric Gelinas tallied two assists
for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid and won for the third time in nine
"You look at the standings, you look around the league, we've got to get on a
roll here. We needed to start somewhere," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said.
New Jersey wraps a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Vancouver against
Schneider's former Canucks club. He figures to start that game, but it is
unknown if DeBoer will finally rest his No. 1 goaltender and go with backup
Scott Clemmensen tonight.
The Devils have been outscored 10-5 over a three-game series losing streak to
the Flames, and Calgary is 4-0-1 in the past five meetings at home.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (11-7-1) AT EDMONTON OILERS (6-12-2), 10 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Forward Patrick Kane helped the Chicago Blackhawks get
their annual circus road trip off to a winning start and he'll look to lead
his club to another win on Saturday night in a matchup with the Edmonton
Kane scored the lone goal of the third period in Thursday's 4-3 triumph over
the Calgary Flames, his seventh goal of the season. He also added an assist to
a victory that gave Chicago a win in four of its past five and it came in the
opener of a six-game swing.
"He was great tonight -- a lot of puck time, a lot of zone time, dangerous,"
said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "And obviously he scored a big goal
Brent Seabrook, Adam Clendening and Daniel Carcillo also scored for Chicago
and Corey Crawford had 24 saves.
Forward Andrew Shaw missed the game due to an upper-body injury and won't play
The Blackhawks are away from the United Center through the rest of November as
the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes a stop in Chicago. The
'Hawks went 6-0-1 on their circus road trip last season.
Chicago will visit Vancouver on Sunday so Antti Raanta will get the start in
net versus the Oilers. He has faced them once before and got the win, stopping
18-of-20 shots in a 5-3 home victory on Jan. 12.
Kane put on his own show in that game, but for the wrong reasons. The forward
accidentally scored into his own empty net during a delayed penalty call that
tied the game at 2-2, but Marian Hossa responded just 29 seconds later with a
goal to put Chicago back in front.
"(I) just thought a point man was there and it seemed to just keep catching
speed and went in the net, but it was good that we got it right back," said
Kane after that game.
The Blackhawks won all three meetings with the Oilers last season and have
taken four straight and eight of the last 12 encounters. They have won two in
a row and eight of 10 in Edmonton.
The Oilers have matched a season high with five straight losses -- all in
regulation -- and were shut out last night 2-0 by the New Jersey Devils, who
got 29 saves from goaltender Cory Schneider.
Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who have dropped nine of 11
"We made a few mistakes in the second and they capitalized," Oilers forward
Jordan Eberle said. "That's the type of team that they are."
The Oilers also lost forward Benoit Pouliot indefinitely as he suffered a
broken foot while blocking a shot in the second period. Pouliot signed a five-
year deal with Edmonton over the summer and had three goals with eight points
in 20 games.
"I don't know how long he'll be out for, but usually that is sidelined for
awhile," head coach Dallas Eakins said on Edmonton's website after the game.
Eakins is likely to start Ben Scrivens tonight and the netminder gave up three
goals on 40 shots in a loss the only other time he faced Chicago.
ARIZONA COYOTES (8-10-2) AT SAN JOSE SHARKS (10-9-3), 10 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - After escaping with a point last time out to begin a
six-game homestand, the San Jose Sharks will try to reach the win column on
Saturday night as they take on the Arizona Coyotes.
The Sharks returned home following an 11-day, 3-4-0 road trip to host the
Florida Panthers and dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout. However, San Jose
was lucky to get it that far as it didn't tie the game until Patrick Marleau
scored with 33.1 seconds left in regulation and goaltender Antti Niemi pulled
for an extra attacker.
Marleau got some redemption for having failed to convert on a penalty shot
chance early in the third period and also added an assist while playing in his
400th straight game.
Logan Couture scored a power-play goal, while Niemi stopped 26-of-28 shots for
the Sharks. Joe Thornton had an assist to stretch his point streak to eight
straight games, with four goals and five helpers on the run.
"The point is great but we're not happy where our game's at," said forward
Tommy Wingels. "We're a better team than we showed."
The Sharks have shown themselves to be a good team when facing the Coyotes.
They are 6-1-2 in the past nine meetings overall and have claimed 10 of the
last 13 played at home.
Niemi is 12-4-3 in his career when facing the Coyotes, posting a 2.06 goals
against average, .931 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Coyotes will play the middle portion of a three-game road trip, kicking
off the swing with Thursday's 3-1 setback in Dallas.
Lauri Korpikoski scored a power-play goal in the first period, but the Stars
scored twice in the first minute of the third frame to go ahead for good and
added another late tally in the period.
Mike Smith made 24 saves in defeat, a second straight for Arizona and fifth in
seven games, while Sam Gagner picked up the 200th assist of his career.
"You got to play 60 minutes, not 40 minutes to win in this league," said
Arizona coach Dave Tippett. "Third period wasn't good enough."
The Coyotes conclude their road trip on Sunday versus Anaheim so it is unknown
if Smith or backup Devan Dubnyk will start. Smith is a solid 8-4-2 lifetime
versus the Sharks with a 2.12 GAA, .944 save percentage and four shutouts,
while Dubnyk is 4-6-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .910 save percentage in 12 meetings.
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