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NHL: 3 things to know for Friday night

10/24/2014 12:38 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
With only four games on the NHL schedule Friday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to build off a dominant win in Columbus, while the injury-riddled Calgary Flames welcome the Nashville Predators.

Here are three things to know:

Leafs go with Bernier again

The Leafs (4-4-1) are coming off their most impressive win of the season following a 4-0 rout of the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Toronto outshot Buffalo by a gaudy 37-10 margin with goaltender Jonathan Bernier earning his first shutout of the season. Bernier is expected to get the start against Columbus. The Leafs also broke a 0-for-19 slump in their previous five games on the power play versus Buffalo.  

The Blue Jackets (4-5-0) continue to lose players to injury. In its first game without goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who broke a finger in practice, Columbus was outclassed by Ottawa 5-2 on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets have given up 18 goals in four games during a 1-3-0 stretch.

Hurting Flames

Like Columbus, the Flames (5-4-2) are having a hard time staying healthy. During Calgary’s 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal, Matt Stajan suffer a knee injury and Joe Colborne an upper body aliment. Stajan is expected to miss at least six weeks, while Colborne is listed as day-to-day. The Flames were already playing without Mason Raymond, who was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The Predators (6-1-2) will look to get even with Calgary after enduring a 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames on Oct. 14. But Nashville kicked off its six-game road trip on a positive note, defeating Edmonton 4-1 on the strength of two Craig Smith goals.

Kings look for turnaround

The Stanley Cup champion Kings (6-2-2), playing without Anze Kopitar for a second consecutive game, were shutout by the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0. It was L.A.’s second straight loss after six consecutive wins. The Red Wings (5-2-2) seem to be getting out of their early season offensive funk. In the team’s first six games, Detroit managed to score four goals only once. Since then, the Red Wings have done it in four of their last six games.

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