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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday

03/07/2015 12:57 EST | Updated 05/07/2015 05:59 EDT
Winnipeg will attempt to prey on slumping Nashville, Vancouver tries to maintain ground in the standings, Montreal looks to end road trip on a high note and Toronto needs to find a solution for St. Louis. 

Here are four things to know for Saturday: 

Injuries an obstacle

With just over a month remaining in the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets are in the thick of an intense Western Conference playoff race. 

The holders of the second wild card spot have lost some ground recently due to the surging Minnesota Wild, who are currently riding a five-game winning streak and are up three points on the Jets. 

This will be in the back of their minds as they visit the Nashville Predators without defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Bryan Little.

Winnipeg has lost three of four heading into their final meeting of the season. 

Luckily, the Central division leading Predators are in a funk. They face the Jets battling a season-high five-game losing streak. 

The race continues 

The Vancouver Canucks are also in the hunt for a place in the west's playoff picture.

They currently occupy the second spot in the Pacific division, but Calgary is tied in points and is enjoying a good run of late. 

Another team vying to usurp Vancouver are the San Jose Sharks, who play host for the final meeting of the split season series.

The visiting team has claimed victory in every match so far, the last game at the SAP Center ended in 3-1 triumph for the Canucks. 

Goaltending continues to be a question for the Canucks, as Eddie Lack has allowed 14 goals in five games in place of an injured Ryan Miller. Vancouver has lost three of four in that stretch. 

Underwhelming trip ends

The Montreal Canadiens have been struggling with bottom-feeders all season. They will be looking to buck this trend when they end their four-game road trip in Arizona. 

In their last meeting, the 28th-place Coyotes managed to storm back from a two-goal deficit to snatch a win from the 3rd-place Canadiens. 

Fortunately, all-star goalie Carey Price will be back in net to try to end his teams three-game losing streak.

Home sweet home?

The Toronto Maple Leafs return to Air Canada Centre to face the St. Louis Blues, who they have not managed to beat in regulation at home since Feb. 4, 1998. 

Not the best statistic to open a three-game homestand with. 

After a six-game tenure in Toronto, forward Olli Jokinen will return in yet another uniform. Newly-acquired forward Joakim Lindstrom will also face his former team for the first time since Monday's deadline deal. 

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