Saturday is "Original 6 Day," with a tripleheader of hockey action planned for Hockey Night In Canada.
It starts with a matinee between the Ottawa Senators
and New York Rangers
(3 p.m. ET, CBC), followed by two memorable middle games. Patrick Roy
's No. 33 will be retired prior to the Montreal Canadiens
-Boston Bruins game (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS) at the Bell Centre and Wendel Clark
's number will be honored in Toronto before the Leafs face the Chicago Blackhawks
(7 p.m. ET, CBC, NHLN-U.S.).
The third game of the tripleheader features the defending Stanley Cup-champion Detroit Red Wings
facing the Calgary Flames
(10 p.m. ET, CBC, NHLN-U.S.), who will look to extend their winning streak to three games.
Also Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks
finish their four-game road trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins
, the New York Islanders
and Buffalo Sabres
play their second game in two nights when they meet at HSBC Arena, the Phoenix Coyotes
make a rare trip to Philadelphia to play the Flyers, the Atlanta Thrashers
host the Columbus Blue Jackets
, the St. Louis Blues
visit the Minnesota Wild
and the Anaheim Ducks
clash with their Pacific Division rival the Dallas Stars
Two 10:30 p.m. ET starts feature the Los Angeles Kings
hosting the Colorado Avalanche
and the Washington Capitals
playing their third game in California this season against the San Jose Sharks
in a battle of division leaders.
Here's what to keep an eye out for:
* The Canucks, who entered the weekend in first place in the Northwest Division with 26 points, have a 2-0-1 record during their current road trip, including wins in New York and Minnesota on back-to-back nights. Vancouver, which scored six goals on 42 shots Tuesday in a 6-3 win against the Rangers, has scored at least three goals in three of its last four games.
* San Jose right wing Devin Setoguchi
, who had 17 points in 44 games last season, has 22 points in 20 games this season. Setoguchi, who is averaging 16 minutes of ice time, has 4 goals and 8 points in his last four games.
* Ottawa left wing Jarkko Ruutu
, who had 3 goals in six shootout attempts last season, missed his last two shootout attempts, against the Canadiens and the Rangers, after scoring his first one against Tampa Bay. Ruutu, known more for his agitating than his goal scoring, is second on the team with 31 penalty minutes.
* Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk
, who hasn't scored in his last six games, has 28 assists and 41 points in 34 career games against the Kings, including a goal and an assist in his first game against Los Angeles this season.
* Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski
, who is one of six Maple Leafs with at least 13 points, leads the team with 9 goals. Grabovski, 24, has 8 goals in his last eight games.
* The Red Wings, who are second in the Western Conference with 29 points, have scored at least four goals in four of their last five games, during which they've gone 4-0-1.
* Columbus center Manny Malhotra
, who had the second-best faceoff-winning percentage in the League last season at 59.0 percent, leads the team at 56.5 percent this season. Malhotra, who has played for the Rangers and Stars in addition to the Blue Jackets, never has scored more than 31 points in a season.
* The Canadiens, who are second in the Northeast Division with 24 points, haven't won in regulation their last five games, but have won twice in a shootout during that span. The Habs, who had the best power play in the League last season at 24.1 percent, have scored just 4 power-play goals in 33 home power plays this season.
* Minnesota right wing Antti Miettinen
has no goals in his last 10 games. Miettinen, 28, had 7 points in his first three games, but has just 6 points in the 14 games since.
* Stars center Mike Modano
, who is the all-time American-born leading scorer with 1,296 points, is one of just six Dallas players with a positive plus-minus rating with a plus-2. Modano currently is fourth on the team with 13 points.
* Washington, which made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2003, currently is first in the Southeast Division with 25 points. The Capitals, who have a 7-1-1 record when leading after the first period, have scored their fewest goals in the third period with 18 -- they have 24 in the first period and 20 in the second period.
* Kings center Jarret Stoll
, who had 14 goals in 81 games while averaging 17:56 of ice time last season, has 6 goals in 18 games this season while averaging 16:01 of ice time.
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