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NHL: 3 things to know for Saturday night

12/20/2014 12:06 EST | Updated 02/19/2015 05:59 EST
It's the first night back for the NHL following the holiday break. With the World Juniors and the Spengler Cup in full swing, there is a lot of hockey to keep track of. 

Here are three things to know:

Sens need to find the net

An Atlantic division battle pits the slumping Ottawa Senators (14-14-6) against the Detroit Red Wings (18-8-9). The teams have split their two previous meetings this season, with each claiming a victory at home. 

A home game could bode well for the Senators. They are 7-4-3 at the Canadian Tire Centre, and need to rebound after dropping two games before the holiday break. In those two losses, they were outscored 6-2. 

Senators forward Erik Condra scored the team's only two goals in those losses. He has three total goals for the season, and only 27 in his 251 games with the Senators. The rest of the offence will need to turn up their production if they hope to prevent a three-game skid.

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The Red Wings recently put an end to their skid with a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres prior to the holiday hiatus. Before the dominating victory, they had only scored six goals in total in a six-game winless streak.  

Jets seek redemption

Last time the Winnipeg Jets (18-8-9) met the Minnesota Wild (16-13-3), they fell to the Wild 4-3 in overtime. The Jets grabbed a point in that game by overcoming a three-goal third period deficit, but failed to complete the comeback.

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Since that Nov. 16 loss, the Jets have earned at least a point in 13 of their 16 games. They have skyrocketed in the standings during their recent streak, putting almost 10 points between themselves and the Wild. 

Minnesota has not been quite as fortunate. They are losers of five of their last six games, and are looking to avoid a five-game losing streak.

Battle of Alberta continues

Calgary Flames (18-15-3) forward Mason Raymond earned a hat trick to power his team to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers (7-21-7) on Oct. 9. 

Since that season opening match, the teams have had some ups and downs. The Oilers have been on a perpetual downward spiral since late October. While the Flames just ended their own eight-game skid in time for the holidays.

Interim coach Todd Nelson is still winless since taking over for Dallas Eakins. The team is 0-6-2 in their last eight games. There aren't many positives for the Oilers right now.

However, things for the Flames are looking up after a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Kings. The team overcame a three goal deficit with a hat trick from rookie Johnny Gaudreau. Captain Mark Giordano scored the overtime goal to seal the deal.

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