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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday night

12/06/2014 12:10 EST | Updated 02/05/2015 05:59 EST
The Ottawa Senators get Dave Cameron his first NHL victory; the Toronto Maple Leafs look for their first four-game winning streak of the year; the Winnipeg Jets are flying high; and the Vancouver Canucks try to end their losing streak.

Here's more on the four things you should know before the puck drops Saturday.

Dave Cameron got a win

The Ottawa Senators (11-12-5), and new head coach Dave Cameron, squared off against the Boston Bruins (15-13-1) for an afternoon date at the TD Garden. The Senators dug deep, winning 3-2 in a shootout. Cameron got his first victory as an NHL head coach with the odds against him. Boston won four of the past five meetings with Ottawa before Saturday.

With the win today, the Senators have improved their record but are still not in a good place, losing four of their last six and posting a 3-7-1 record over their last 11 games. Their losing record was impressive enough to cost Paul MacLean his job as head coach.

Cameron's win, given the history of Ottawa's poor play in Boston, it may help prove to some he's the right man to coach the Senators. Now he's just got to keep winning. No pressure Dave, it's just your career.

Leafs go for 4 in a row

An old hockey rivalry is set for another instalment Saturday when the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-9-3) host fellow original-six team, the Detroit Red Wings (17-6-7) at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs are on a winning streak, hoping to extend it to four games with a victory Saturday.  

This will be the fifth and final meeting between the teams this season. The teams met on Wednesday when the Leafs came out on top 2-1 in a shootout squeaker where Toronto looked outmatched for most of the game. Detroit outshot the Leafs 40-16 during regulation time missing several chances, including three breakaways. Goalie James Reimer deserves a lot of credit for the win, stopping 41 shots against him and keeping the Leafs in the hunt.

Despite not playing that well against the Red Wings on Wednesday, Toronto is getting good results. Toronto is 7-2-1 over their last 10 games. 

Jets fly high

The Jets (15-9-6) are landing at the MTS Centre Saturday to take on the Anaheim Ducks (20-6-5) to start a four game home stretch. Winnipeg has been in top form recently, going 5-0-3 in their last eight getting at least a point in every game and earning 13 of a possible 16 points overall. They will need that winning record to stand a chance against the red-hot Ducks who sit number one in the Western conference.

Jets' captain Andrew Ladd is expected to add some offence to the outing as he has earned 11 points over his last nine games. In Winnipeg's previous six games against Anaheim, Ladd has scored five goals and two assists. Four of those goals have come at home so look for the Captain to be at the helm in this game.

Canucks try to end losing streak

The Vancouver Canucks (18-9-2) are trying to get back in the win column after a three-game losing streak on the end of a seven-game road trip. Vancouver is back home to host the New York Rangers (12-10-4), trying to avoid a fifth straight loss to New York.

The Canucks had a good start to their road trip winning three of their first four before things went south. In their last three games, Vancouver gave up 11 goals. Over their last four games, the Canucks have struggled on the power play, going 0 for 13. Meanwhile Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is also in a bit of a funk, posting a 3.48 goals-against average over his past four games.

Vancouver will be facing a well rested Rangers squad who have been off since defeating Pittsburgh on Monday. 

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