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NHL: 3 things to know for Thursday

12/11/2014 12:42 EST | Updated 02/10/2015 05:59 EST
It's a full NHL schedule for Thursday, with Dave Cameron making his head coaching debut for the Ottawa Senators while the Winnipeg Jets look to repeat a dominant performance and the Calgary Flames try to end their losing streak at two.

Here's what you need to know:

Senators debut new coach

The Ottawa Senators (11-11-5) will play their first game under new head coach Dave Cameron when they host the Los Angeles Kings (14-9-5).

Cameron takes over in hopes of salvaging the Senators season after Paul MacLean was fired on Monday, despite a comeback overtime win over Vancouver the night before.

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That win ended a five-game winless streak, but Ottawa has not had consecutive victories since Nov. 6. 

Fortunately for the Senators, the Kings are in a bit of a slump as well. A loss tonight would put them on a three-game losing skid, and they're coming off a 1-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Goalie Jonathan Quick has lost four of his last five starts. 

Jets look for repeat

The Winnipeg Jets (15-9-5) shelled the Colorado Avalanche (9-16-3) in a 6-2 win at home on Dec. 5. They will hope for a repeat of that performance when they visit Colorado tonight.

Jets centre Bryan Little had a career night last time the teams met, contributing a hat trick to the team effort. 

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Winnipeg has been on a bit of a roll. They are undefeated in regulation in their last seven. The Jets will meet a Colorado team trying to end a four-game losing streak. 

Flames try to stay hot

Part of the Calgary Flames' success (they're 17-10-2 this season) can be attributed to the team's ability to avoid going more than two games without a win. 

That will be put to the test when they visit the Buffalo Sabres (10-16-2) in hopes of putting back-to-back defeats to San Jose and Calgary behind them.

The Flames won both meetings last season, but the Sabres will be on a bit of high after shutting out the Kings at home on Tuesday.

Buffalo goalie JhonasEnroth stopped all 34 shots that night, and has won in six of his last eight starts. 

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