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Habs have Briuns' number
Coming off an impressive 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, the East-leading Montreal Canadiens hope to continue winning against the Boston Bruins, a team they’ve basically owned in recent times. Montreal (15-5-1), which has won seven of eight games, has beaten up on the Bruins since defeating them in Game 7 of last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The Habs have pounded Boston (13-8-0) in two games this season with a combined score of 11-5. The last time these two hooked up, a 5-1 win for Montreal, Max Pacioretty scored twice, and Dale Weise completed a Gordie Howe hat trick. But the Bruins have won three straight since their blowout loss to the Canadiens. Alex Khokhlachev lifted Boston to a 4-3 shootout win against Columbus on Friday, a game that featured Bruins rugged forward Milan Lucic getting dropped with a punch by Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prou.
Leafs hope fan distraction over
The Toronto Maple Leafs hope the distraction of the last two days are behind them as they host the Detroit Red Wings. A day after neglecting to salute the crowd following a win on home ice against Tampa Bay on Thursday, Leafs players said the non-gesture at the end of the game was not intended as a shot at their fans. Toronto (10-8-2) snapped a three game losing streak, including an embarrassing 9-2 home loss to the Predators two nights earlier. In his long-form feature, CBCSports.ca contributor Mike Brophy asks whether defenceman Dion Phaneuf is the best leader for the Leafs. The Red Wings (10-4-5) defeated the Leafs in the first two meetings of the season. Johan Franzen had two goals and Henrik Zetterberg recorded four assists in Detroit's 4-1 victory at Toronto on Oct. 17. The next night, Zetterberg scored with 10 seconds left in overtime to hand the Maple Leafs a 1-0 defeat.
Sens host matinee affair against Blues
The Ottawa Senators (9-5-4) kick off Saturday’s action with a matinee affair at home against the St. Louis Blues (12-6-1). Ottawa started off slow against the Predators on Thursday but goals from Bobby Ryan, Alex Chiasson and defenceman Jared Cowen in the second helped them hold off Nashville 3-2. The Blues were on fire prior to their four-game road trip, winning 10 of 11 games. But St. Louis has dropped its first two road games — losing 2-0 to Boston on Tuesday and 4-1 to Montreal on Thursday.
Flames look to maintain hold on Devils
The Calgary Flames (12-7-2), who host New Jersey at the Scotiabank Saddledome, got a bit of a reality check on Thursday. Feeling good about a three-game winning streak, Calgary lost a 4-3 decision to one of the better teams in the NHL — the Chicago Blackhawks. Still, the Flames have yet to suffer back-to-back losses in regulation this year and are looking for a fourth straight win over the Devils (9-9-2). New Jersey is looking to make it two in a row after coming away with a 2-0 victory at Edmonton on Friday.
The Oilers (6-12-2) are slumping and it won’t get any easier when they take on the Blackhawks. Edmonton is 0-4-1 in its last five games, and haven’t won a game at Rexall Place since Oct. 29 — compiling a futile record of 0-5-1. Chicago forward Patrick Kane's tiebreaking goal in the third period on Thursday gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Calgary. The Blackhawks (11-7-1) have scored 19 goals during their four-game win streak against the Oilers, and have won eight of 10 in Edmonton.