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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday

01/03/2015 10:53 EST | Updated 03/05/2015 05:59 EST
The Leafs and Oilers have the night off and a chance to savour their victories, while the other five Canadian teams are in action as part of an 11-game schedule.

Here are 4 things to know for a busy Saturday. 

Déjà vu for Canadiens and Penguins

For the second Saturday in a row, the Canadiens (26-12-2) and Penguins (24-10-6) will square off, only this time it will be at the Bell Centre in Montreal. 

Last week the Canadiens defeated the Penguins 4-1, which at the time extended their winning streak to six games. Montreal will be looking to get back on track tonight, however, after losing at home to the Lightning on Tuesday. 

The Canadiens and Penguins are holding down second place in the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions respectively. Montreal is trailing Tampa by four points and Pittsburgh is just one point behind the New York Islanders who are also in action tonight against Columbus. 

Jets Army travels to California

The Jets (20-14-7) may find a home away from home tonight in Los Angeles and tomorrow night against the Ducks in Anaheim. 

A large contingent of fans, known as the Jets Army, are making the trip south of the border to cheer on a Winnipeg side that is maintaining the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg has dropped two consecutive games overall, but did earn a victory over the Kings (19-13-9) earlier this season at Staples Center. 

The Kings have also dropped their last two games, both at home, including a wild 7-6 loss to the Predators a week ago.

Winnipeg, which often has more offensive punch than their 2.49 goals-per-game suggests, also continue to receive strong play from netminder Michael Hutchinson. The 24-year-old ranks first among goalies with a .936 save percentage and is second in goal-against-average with a mark of 1.88.

There was also some good news out of Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon with the team announcing that Evander Kane, Mark Stuart, and Tobias Enstrom have each been activated from the injured reserve list.

Pacific Division rivals meet in Vancouver

After a crazy 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Panthers on Friday, the Flames have very little time to recover before facing the Canucks at Roger Arena.

The Flames (21-18-3) have lost three in a row and the Canucks (23-13-3) will also be looking to bounce back following a 3-1 loss to those same Panthers on Thursday that featured the emotional return of Roberto Luongo as a visiting player for the first time.

Calgary and Vancouver are both in the mix in a cluttered division.

The Canucks are clinging to second place with 49 points, the Sharks also have 49 points, the Kings have 47 points, followed by the fifth-place Flames with 45. 

As far as the playoff picture goes, the Flames are trailing the Jets by two points for the final wild card spot.

Senators continue road swing

The Senators (16-16-8) visit the Coyotes (16-20-4) tonight in the third of a four-game trip away from the comforts of Canadian Tire Centre. 

Ottawa earned a point in a shootout loss to the Flyers on Tuesday and then fell 5-2 in Colorado on Thursday. 

Although Curtis Lazar was back with the team earlier this week following his participation for Canada in the world junior championship, he did not suit up against the Avalanche.

Lazar may return to the lineup tonight. In 27 games so far this season, the forward has registered one goal and six assists. 

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