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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday night

11/15/2014 11:50 EST | Updated 01/15/2015 05:59 EST
It's another very busy Saturday night in the NHL, with 12 games being played, and five Canadian teams in action. The Montreal Canadiens look to extend their current winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to rebound, the Winnipeg Jets will have to contain a surging rookie, and the Ottawa Senators complete their Western road trip against the Calgary Flames. 

Trying to keep streak alive

The Montreal Canadiens (12-4-1) will look to push their current winning streak to five games when the Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2) visit. 

If the Flyers hope to rebound from Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, they'll need to contain the Canadiens' surging new line. Since coming together, JiriSekac, Lars Eller, and Brandon Prust have been the best line for the Habs.

In the Canadiens four recent victories, they combined for five goals and 11 points.They are still hurting on the power play, although a goal scored with the man advantage in Wednesday night's 5-1 blowout of the Boston Bruins boosted it slightly to 8.5 per cent. 

Looking to get back on track

The Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-2) recent success was dealt a blow Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 2-1 loss at home. 

They'll look to get back on track when they visit the Buffalo Sabres (3-13-2) on Saturday. If a team is looking to rebound from a loss, the Sabres are a great opponent to face. 

Buffalo have lost five in a row and have allowed six goals in each of their past three games. The Leafs will look to capitalize on the slumping Sabres, and work out the kinks in their power play.They failed to score on the power play with six chances against the Penguins.

Saturday also marks the return of Rick Jeanneret, who will call the first period of the game. Jeanneret took time off for cancer treatment in September, and is now healthy.

Jets need to contain Forsberg

​The Winnipeg Jets (9-6-2) continue their road trip with a stop in Nashville to take on the Predators (10-4-2).

Nashville's rookie Filip Forsberg has been making some noise early in the season. Not only does he lead his team and all rookies with 20 points, but he sits ahead of players like Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin in the sixth spot in the NHL. 

Winnipeg may have their work cut out for them against this emerging young star. He's racked up six goals in each of his last six games for the longest streak in the NHL this season. 

A bright spot for the Jets is that they have been getting superb goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec and backup Michael Hutchinson. 

Sens' last test in the West

The Ottawa Senators (8-4-4) will close out their Western Canadian swing tonight when they roll into Calgary to face the Flames (10-6-2). 

With the exception of Thursday night's 4-3 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers, the Senators have been struggling.They barely made it out of the game after squandering a 3-0 first period lead. 

The Flames are going with backup goalie Karri Ramo (2-2-1), which could work to the Senators advantage. Ramo's last game was Nov. 8, when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots.

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