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Johnny Hockey, Flames on a roll
With a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, the red-hot Calgary Flames have moved into second place in the Pacific Division with 81 points, surpassing the Vancouver Canucks. They've gone 5-0-1 since losing their captain Mark Giordano to injury and will look to continue the trend when they take on the Avalanche (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).
The team is getting some strong help from Johnny Gaudreau, known as "Johnny Hockey," who will try to increase his career-high points streak to seven games. The rookie has nine points over that stretch. He and linemates Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler combined for four goals and nine points in the win over the Leafs.
Canadiens try to get back on track
The Montreal Canadiens are kicking off a road trip with a visit to the New York Islanders and hoping to get back on track after some recent difficulties. Habs goalie Carey Price gave up five goals in the last game, a home loss to the surging Senators on Thursday, tying a season high for the netminder.
Montreal forward Max Pacioretty has played strong lately, scoring three goals and an assist over his last four games.
The Islanders will put Michal Neuvirth in net and sit forward Ryan Strome as a healthy scratch. Strome has played all 70 games for the club in his second season in the league.
Canucks get players back; Kadri returns for Leafs
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to get some extra help against the Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). Four players, all out recovering from injuries, could be rejoining the team. Defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Yannick Weber and forwards Brad Richardson and Chris Higgins are due to come back.
Bieksa, who suffered a broken finger that required surgery, is still unconfirmed to return.
The Leafs will welcome back Nazem Kadri after the forward sat out three games for disciplinary reasons.
Jets hunt for crucial points
The Winnipeg Jets are still in the hunt for the playoffs, but they've gone 4-4-2 over the last 10 games and could use a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to boost their post-season hopes.
Winnipeg trails the Kings by one point for the second wild card spot in the West and is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Panthers on Thursday.
The Jets will get some help from forward Matt Halischuk, who returns to the lineup after recovering from a foot fracture he suffered Jan. 29 against the Flyers. Defenceman Tyler Myers is out with an upper-body injury.
Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in net after Michael Hutchinson had a tough night Thursday.