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NHL: 3 things to know for Friday night

11/07/2014 12:26 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST
There are two Canadian teams in action tonight in the NHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs look to extend their home winning streak, an old rivalry is rekindled and a Vancouver Canuck meets his former team for the first time. 

Home streak on the line

It's the annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game at the Air Canada Centre with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins (10-3-1) hoping to rebound from a tough loss. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-2) have been on a roll at home lately, going 4-0-0 since their players-only meeting on Oct. 25. 

Whatever was said in that meeting seems to have stuck with the Leafs.

They have dominated their competition recently, scoring 16 goals in their past three games.

The Penguins would be wise to keep an eye on Phil Kessel, as his team is undefeated in regulation when he scores. 

Prior to Tuesday's 5-0 blowout at the hands of the New York Rangers, the Penguins had at least three goals in their seven-game winning streak. 

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Old rivalry

The Chicago Blackhawks (9-6-1) will try to extend their command over the Detroit Red Wings (7-3-5) when they visit Joe Louis Arena. 

Since 2010-11, the Blackhawks have been perfect in regulation against the Red Wings.

There 9-0-3 record versus Detroit will be on the line in this Original Six matchup.

Fortunately for the Blackhawks, the Red Wings have been struggling slightly.

They have only one win in their past five games, although they managed to pick up at least a point in four of those games. 

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are players to watch, as they have combined for 19 goals and 55 points against the Red Wings since their 2007-08 rookie season.

Reunited for the first time

The Arizona Coyotes (6-9-1) will hope to stop their three-game slide when they take on the Vancouver Canucks (12-5-0).

They will have to get past a familiar face in Vancouver's Radim Vrbata, who is expected to return after missing the past two games with a leg injury.

Vrbata played six seasons with the Coyotes before signing with the Canucks as a free agent over the summer. 

He's been a very good fit with the Canucks earning six goals and 13 points in 15 games.

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