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All-Canada matchups highlight Saturday's schedule

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Saturday is Hockey Day in Canada, and the NHL's six Canadian teams are celebrating by pairing off for a day-long tripleheader as part of a 10-game schedule.

An hour after the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers begin the day's action at the Wachovia Center, the Ottawa Senators host Montreal Canadiens (2 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NHL Network-U.S.) before what's sure to be a packed house at Scotiabank Place. The Senators will be trying for a team-record ninth consecutive victory; win No. 8 can Thursday night in Pittsburgh, when the Senators shut down the Penguins 4-1.

The other two Canada-vs.Canada games are at night, along with the remaining six games on the schedule.

At 7 p.m. ET, the Vancouver Canucks begin a record-setting 14-game road trip with a visit to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto (CBC, NHL Network-U.S.). The Leafs played Friday night, losing 5-4 in OT at New Jersey. The Canucks had a couple of days of rest after Wednesday's 3-2 win over St. Louis at home -- the last time they'll play at GM Place for six weeks.

The last of the all-Canada games faces off at 10 p.m. ET with the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames (CBC, NHL Network-U.S.). The Flames have a chance to do something that's never been done before in the Battle of Alberta -- sweep the season series. They've won the first five meetings.

Two of the other six games face off at 7 p.m. ET. In Boston, the Bruins host the Los Angeles Kings, who improved to 3-0-0 on their current road trip with a 4-1 win at Columbus on Thursday. Boston lost 2-1 at Buffalo on Friday night. Another hot team, the Carolina Hurricanes, put a three-game winning streak on the line when they host Chicago. The Hawks are coming off an emotional 4-3 overtime win at San Jose on Thursday and are playing the finale of an eight-game road trip.

Three more games begin at 8 p.m. ET.

The St. Louis Blues return home to host Columbus. The Blues will try to improve on the NHL's worst home record, but are coming back to the Scottrade Center after a 2-1 win at Edmonton on Thursday.

The struggling New York Rangers open a quick Western trip with a rare visit to Phoenix. New York has been off since being whipped 5-1 by Carolina at home on Wednesday; the Coyotes will try for their 21st win in 31 home games after topping Calgary 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

Also at 8, the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3 winners at Philadelphia on Thursday, visit Nashville. The Predators lost 4-2 at Detroit on Friday.

In the evening's late game, the Sharks try to bounce back from the loss to the Hawks when they host Minnesota. The Wild are coming off a 1-0 win at Colorado on Thursday but may be without both regular goaltenders -- Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding -- due to injuries.

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