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NHL: 4 things to watch for Saturday

11/29/2014 12:58 EST | Updated 01/29/2015 05:59 EST
The Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators hope for better results in the second half of weekend match-ups, while the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames seek to carry forward some positive play. Here are 4 things to watch in your Saturday night.

​Canadiens need better bounces

Montreal (16--7-1) dropped the Buffalo half of a home-and-home series Friday with a 2-1 loss that saw the Sabres 

(7--14-2) score one spectacular goal and one fluky score against Carey Price that made all the difference in the one-goal game.

It was the second loss in a row for the Canadiens who were blitzed 5-0 by the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

The Canadiens carry a 9-3-0 record into the match-up at the Bell Centre, while the Sabres have only three wins in 10 road tries.

​Leafs seek Capitals punishment

One point is better than none and the Leafs (11-8-3) were heartened by twice coming back from deficits (two goals, then one goal) against the Penguins Wednesday, though they lost in overtime, 4-3.

Two goals by Komarov and a shorthanded marker by Tyler Bozak sent the game to overtime before Blake Comeau finished off his hat trick with the winning goal midway through the extra period.

Toronto hopes to take advantage of the struggling Capitals (9-8-5) who've dropped their last three games, the latest on Wednesday in overtime 3-2 to the New York Islanders.

Flames aim to corral Coyotes

A well-rested Flames (14-8-2) unit continues their road trip in Arizona after 2-0 whitewash of the Sharks in San Jose. Karri Ramo turned aside 32 shots to earn the shutout.

Jiri Hudler had both the Flames goals, the second, his 10th of the season, into an empty net.

The Coyotes (9-11-3) though, have won the last four starts against Calgary and nine of the last 10.

Mike Smith has been struggling in the Coyotes' goal, winless in his last seven starts. However, he owns a 4-1 lifetime mark against Calgary.

​Senators finish Florida double

For the Senators (10-8-4) it's the second half of a Florida double-header after losing to the Panthers Friday, 3-2.

That dropped them to 1-2 on their five-game road swing and they'll a Lightning squad (15-6-2) out to avenge a rare home-ice loss the last time they met in October.

Robin Lehner got the start in goal in the 3-2 Ottawa win and may be called upon again with Craig Anderson having

toiled against the Panthers.

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