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NHL: 3 things to know for Friday

12/12/2014 12:44 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST
The Flames try to avoid a seventh straight loss, the Senators take on the best team in hockey and the Jets' blue-line is suffering.

Here's more on the three things you need to know before the puck drops in the NHL tonight:

Calgary tries to avoid 7th straight loss

The Calgary Flames (17-14-2) have lost six games in a row for the first time since Jan. 25, 2010, and if they lose tonight, it will be the first time they've lost seven in a row in 15 seasons. The Flames will be hoping to end the slide when they take on the Dallas Stars (12-13-5). Calgary hasn't earned a point since Dec. 4, when they won 4-3 in overtime against the Avalanche. 

The Flames have been outscored 21-10 over their last six games, despite having a respectable 94 goals for the season, placing them in the top 10 in total goals scored. They have outshot five of the last six teams they've played, but need to find a way to convert the opportunities into goals. Jiri Hudler leads the team with 13 goals, scoring in each of his last two games.

Flames management still has faith in coach Bob Hartley, who they signed to a multi-year contract extension Wednesday. Hartley led the team to a strong start before the six-game slide and has a 71-79-13 record since joining the team in 2012.

Senators host 'mighty' Ducks

The Ottawa Senators (13-12-6) will host the best team in hockey when the Anaheim Ducks (22-7-5) hit the ice at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators are coming off a 2-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils Wednesday where Craig Anderson earned a shutout despite the team being outshot 34-16. Ottawa gave the Devils five power-play opportunities but New Jersey couldn't capitalize.

Anderson will get the start again tonight. He has lost nine of 11 starts since earning his second shutout of the year against the Wild. 

The Senators have struggled lately, going 3-5-2 over their last 10 games. The game against New Jersey was the end of a three-game road trip where they went 2-0-1. Ottawa is rebuilding after a nine-game stretch where they lost seven, leading to the termination of Paul MacLean as head coach.

The Ducks are coming off a 2-1 victory against the Canadiens Thursday where they rebounded after a tough 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Anaheim has won eight of it's last nine games.

Injuries hammer Jets blue-line

​The Winnipeg Jets (16-10-6) will be short four defenceman due to injuries when they host the Boston Bruins (16-13-3). Coach Paul Maurice announced Thursday that Mark Stuart would be out until February because of a lower-body injury incurred during a fight with the Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers Tuesday.

Stuart joins fellow defencemen Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom and Jacob Trouba, who are all out due to injuries.

To help on defence, the Jets acquired Jay Harrison from the Hurricanes Thursday and he is expected to play against the Bruins.

Boston won the last bout at home, 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 28.

There are two other games tonight, featuring the Lightning squaring off against the Devils and the Islanders facing the Red Wings.

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