Friday night sees four NHL games, all of which feature Western Conference teams as the Eastern Conference gets the night off.
At 8:30 p.m., the Edmonton Oilers do battle with the Dallas Stars. A half-hour later, the Detroit Red Wings travel to Calgary and the Colorado Avalanche visit the Phoenix Coyotes, and at 10 p.m., the Anaheim Ducks host the St. Louis Blues.
Here’s what to keep an eye out for:
* The Oilers, who are in last place in the Northwest Division with 59 points, have lost their last two games, in Vancouver and Nashville, after their Feb.14 victory against the San Jose Sharks. Edmonton will conclude its four-game road trip tonight when they face off against the Pacific Division-leading Stars.
* Edmonton center Sam Gagner, who is fourth among rookies with 25 assists, has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in his last seven games.
* Dallas, which has scored the second-most goals in the Western Conference with 185, has an 18-11-2 record against non-divisional opponents in the Western Conference.
* Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who leads the team with nine power-play goals, has scored just one goal of any kind in his last seven games. The Stars, who are 5-2 in their last seven games, still are striving through Morrow’s goal-scoring funk. Dallas has three players – Morrow, defenseman Stephane Robidas and center Steve Ott – with more than 145 hits.
* Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, whose favorite band is the Eagles, halted his season-long four-game losing streak Monday when he stopped 18 Colorado Avalanche shots in a 4-0 Detroit victory.
* Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who has the second-highest plus-minus rating in the League at plus-35, has 35 more takeaways than any other player in the NHL.
* Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who scored the game-winning goal with 2:27 remaining in the third period Wednesday in the Flames’ 3-2 victory over the Stars, has six goals and three assists for nine points in his last eight games.
* Flames center Matthew Lombardi, who scored 20 goals last season, has just one goal in his last 23 games and has not scored since Jan. 18.
* Calgary, which has scored and allowed 177 goals, is tied with the Vancouver Canucks for seventh place in the Western Conference with 70 points at identical 31-22-8 records.
* Colorado right wing Milan Hejduk, who scored 50 goals in the 2002-03 season, has scored in just one of his last 10 games.
* Avalanche center Ben Guite, whose father Pierre played for Quebec and Edmonton, has the most faceoff wins among active Avalanche players with 287 – the injured Paul Stastny has the overall lead with 403 faceoff wins.
* The Coyotes saw a modest three-game winning streak stopped Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to the Flames. Phoenix, which has scored one more goal than it has yielded, is in ninth place in the Western Conference, four points out of a playoff spot.
* Phoenix right wing Shane Doan, whose sister Leighann plays professional basketball in Europe, has one goal and six assists for seven points in three games against the Avalanche this season. Doan, who was selected No. 7 overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in his last nine games.
* St. Louis defenseman Jay McKee is tied with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Foote for second in the Central Division with 125 blocked shots. McKee, who is averaging 17:47 of ice time per game, has the second highest plus-minus rating among Blues defensemen at plus-7.
* Blues left wing David Perron, who is fifth among rookies with 11 goals, is averaging just 12:18 of ice time per game.
* Anaheim right wing Corey Perry, who leads the team with 28 goals, has scored just once in his past 10 games. The Ducks are surviving without Perry’s production, going 7-2-1 in those 10 games.
* St Louis, which is No. 11 in the Western Conference with 65 points, has a 10-13-4 record away from Scottrade Center.
* Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger, who played nine seasons for the Blues, has a minus-6 rating in 12 career games against St. Louis. Pronger, who was selected No. 2 behind disappointment Alexandre Daigle in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, has played the second-most minutes in the League with 1,693:58.
* Anaheim right wing Teemu Selanne has two goals and three assists for five points in eight games since returning from his sabbatical, and the Ducks are 7-1 during that span.