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Brodeur looks to Roy, fittingly, in Montreal

by Adam Schwartz
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur tries to tie Patrick Roy's record of 551 career wins Saturday in his hometown of Montreal (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC, RDS) in one of nine games Saturday night, after four matinee games.

In four other 7 p.m. starts, the Flames look to further cement their Northwest Division lead against the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC); the Hurricanes look to stay in the playoff chase when they visit their Southeast Division-rival, the Capitals; the Sabres, who entered the weekend three points out of the playoff picture, face the Thrashers; and the Panthers look to regain their playoff spot when they host Tampa Bay.

Later, the Stars clash with the Wild, with both teams being separated by just one point in the standings; the Predators look to avoid their fourth loss in a row and regain a playoff spot in the Western Conference when they play the Coyotes; the Kings play their second game in two nights when they face the Sharks; and the Oilers try to hold onto their spot in the West when they host the Avalanche (10 p.m., CBC, NHLN-US).

Here's what to keep an eye out for:

* Buffalo defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, who leads Sabres defensemen with 35 points, has 4 assists and 6 points in his last five games. Spacek, who has 11 of his 27 assists in the third period, has a plus-40 rating since the start of the 2005-06 season, including a plus-4 in his last five games.

* Flames center Daymond Langkow, who is just 1 goal from his seventh straight 20-goal season, scored Thursday in Calgary's 6-5 shootout win against Detroit in his second game since returning from a hand injury that saw him miss nine games. Langkow, who averaged 18:49 of ice time per game last season playing on a line with Jarome Iginla, is averaging 17:19 this season after being moved off Iginla's line.

* New Jersey left wing Patrik Elias, who has nine more points than any other Czech player in the NHL, has 21 multiple-point games this season. Elias is tied for third in the Atlantic Division with 20 power-play points.

* Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who leads the Southeast Division and is tied for third in the Eastern Conference with 54 assists, is just 1 assist shy of his total as a rookie last season. Backstrom, who has 20 third-period assists, is one of just two Washington players to have skated in all 69 games this season.

* Florida center Gregory Campbell, who plays on a line with Radek Dvorak and Ville Peltonen, leads the team with 152 hits. Campbell, who never had 20 points prior to this season, already has 18 assists and 30 points in 63 games.

* The Wild, who are just one point out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, have the best penalty kill in the League at 87.4 percent. Minnesota, which has allowed the second-fewest goals in the League with just 161, has been outshot in 38 of 67 games, but is 16-18-4 in those games.

* Nashville right wing Jerred Smithson, who averages just 13:35 of ice time per game, is one of four Predators with at least 100 hits. Smithson, who is one of six Predators to play in all 68 games, has 14 penalty minutes in 12 career games against the Coyotes.

* Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who is one of four San Jose defensemen with at least 30 points, scored his second game-winning goal of the season Tuesday in the Sharks' 5-4 overtime win against the Wild. Ehrhoff, who is one of nine German NHL players, has 4 assists and 5 points in his last five games.

* Montreal, which is just three points ahead of the ninth-place Panthers in the Eastern Conference, has outscored teams 105-81 at home, but been outscored 117-92 on the road. The Habs, who are just one of five teams in the League with at least 10 overtime wins, is 19-6-8 in one-goal games.

* Oilers center Andrew Cogliano, who is just two goals shy of tying his total of 18 last season, has 13 of his 18 assists at home. Cogliano, who has just two second-period assists, has just 2 assists in his last 13 games.

* Dallas center Mike Ribeiro, who has 13 more assists than any teammate, has 6 goals and 12 points in his last nine games. Ribeiro, who has scored 10 of his 19 goals in the second period, has 10 assists and 12 points in 14 career games against the Wild.

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