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NHL: 5 things to watch in the NHL Saturday night

10/11/2014 12:31 EDT | Updated 12/11/2014 05:59 EST
It was a quiet night in the NHL on Friday, but the same can't be said for Saturday with all 30 teams facing off. It's going to be a very busy night for hockey fans. 

Here are a few things to watch for:

Hockey Night in Canada returns

CBC will carry two Canadian games tonight. CBC TV and CBCSports.ca are carrying Penguins vs. Leafs at 7 p.m. ET, and Oilers vs. Canucks at 10 p.m. ET. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off a 4-3 opening night loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The close game was decided in the last minute of play by Tomas Plekanec's second goal of the night. Toronto will try to avoid back-to-back losses at home.

The Pittsburgh Penguins managed their first win under new coach Mike Johnston on Thursday night. They beat the Ducks 6-4, after squandering a three-goal lead. 

Fans want results

The Edmonton Oilers are trying for their first win of the season as well. They lost to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night 5-2, after forfeiting three goals in the third period. 

The Oilers will have their work cut out for them, as the Vancouver Canucks are coming off a 4-2 win Wednesday night against the Flames. The Oilers and Canucks met in the preseason, and it did not go well for Edmonton.

Oilers fans seem to have little patience for another year of underperforming, especially following last night's 1984 Stanley Cup anniversary celebration. 

Opposite ends

The Montreal Canadiens and the Philidelphia Flyers find themselves in very different situations heading into tonight's game. The Habs are hoping to be the first team to go 3-0-0 this season, while the Flyers hope to avoid starting their season 0-3-0. 

The Canadiens' forward Tomas Plekanec is enjoying an early scoring streak. He has three goals in his last two games. Look to see if he can continue his success with his new linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. 

Kane's status still unclear

Following a knee-on-knee collision with linemate Mark Scheifele, the Winnipeg Jets' ​Evander Kane left Thursday night's game. The long-term status of the injury hasn't been made available, but he's not expected to return anytime soon. 

The Jets dominated against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday with a 6-2 victory. They meet the San Jose Sharks tonight. The Sharks had a similarly successful opening game with a 4-0 win against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. 

This will likely be a high-scoring game. 

The rest

The Ottawa Senators will face the Tampa Bay Lightening. The Sens are looking for their first win of the season. The Calgary Flames will visit the St. Louis Blues. The Flames are off to a good start this year, and could add another win tonight. Both games start at 7 p.m. ET.

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