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Pens-Habs, Senators-Flames on Hockey Night doubleheader

by Adam Schwartz
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins face the Canadiens (7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NHLN-US) and the Senators make a rare trip to Calgary (10 p.m. ET, CBC, NHLN-US) in two of 11 games Saturday night.

Five other early games feature the Sabres hosting the Islanders, the Bruins visiting the Hurricanes, the Flyers battling the Blue Jackets, the Panthers renewing their rivalry with the Lightning, and the Devils making the shortest trip in the NHL, to Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers.

Later, the Ducks continue their four-game road trip in Dallas, the Sharks visit the Blues, the Red Wings play their second game in two nights when they face the Avalanche, and the Kings clash with the Coyotes in a Pacific Division showdown.

Here's what to keep an eye out for:

* Montreal right wing Alex Kovalev, who is one of three Habs with 26 points, has 3 goals and 4 points in his last four games. Kovalev, who leads Canadiens forwards with an average ice time of 20:08, have played at least 20 minutes in six of his last seven games.


* Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman is second among the team's defensemen with 19 points. Wideman, who averages the second-most ice time on the team at 25:22 per game, has no points in his last three games, but had 5 points in the five previous games.

* Columbus left wing Kristian Huselius, who signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent this summer, is a minus-3 in his last five games. Huselius is tied for second on the team with 10 goals, but has just 1 goal in his last 10 games.

* Rangers center Chris Drury had 3 assists Tuesday in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Capitals. Drury, who was named the team's captain at the beginning of the season, has 9 points in his last nine games.

* Anaheim right wing Corey Perry, who plays on the same line with Ryan Getzlaf, is second on the team with 23 assists. Perry, who has 5 goals and 6 assists in 22 career games against the Stars, has 3 assists and 5 points in his last five games.

* Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who leads the team with 23 assists, has a minus-5 rating. Ribeiro, who has 5 assists in his last four games, was plus-3 rating Tuesday in the Stars' 8-2 win against the Maple Leafs.

* San Jose captain Patrick Marleau, who had 48 points in 78 games last season, has 40 points in 34 games this season, putting him on pace for 96 points. Marleau, who plays on a line with Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton, has 2 goals and 4 points in the Sharks' two previous games against the Blues this season.

* The Blues entered the holiday break with the fewest points in the Western Conference, but have the No. 9 power play in the League at 21.4 percent.
* Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, who has played all 735 of his NHL games with Colorado, leads the team with 13 goals. Hejduk, who ended a five-game goal drought Tuesday in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix, has had five straight 50-point seasons and is on pace for 63 points this season.

* Ottawa, which is last place in the Northeast Division with 29 points, is one of just two teams in the League yet to score 80 goals; they led the League with 258 goals last season. The Senators have only led after the first period in five games this season, but they're 5-0 when they've done it.

* Flames center Daymond Langkow, who plays on a line with Jarome Iginla, is tied for third place on the team with 23 points. Langkow, who has 6 of his 9 goals on the road this season, has 10 of his 14 assists in Calgary victories.

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