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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan 3

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

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Hockey Night in Canada kicks off 2015 with an action-packed lineup.

There’s an early afternoon game in Los Angeles before a four-game set that includes four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 4:00 P.M. GAME:

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet)

Game notes: Los Angeles is 14-4-2 at home…Nashville is 7-2-1 against Pacific Division opponents in 2014-15…Entering Saturday, the Predators have lost once in regulation in its past seven games (5-1-1).

THE 7:00 P.M. GAMES:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Penguins have scored 16 goals in last three home games vs. Canadiens…Sidney Crosby has 36 points in 26 games against Montreal…Beau Bennett scored three points and Marc-Andre Fleury registered a shutout in a Pittsburgh 3-0 victory over Montreal in November.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Toronto has lost four of their last five road games in Winnipeg…Entering Friday, Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson leads the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average…Andrew Ladd has eight goals and nine assists in 22 career games vs. Toronto.

THE 10:00 P.M. GAME:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson
Game notes: The Canucks have lost seven of their last 10 games…Detroit is 6-0-2 in their last eight games against Vancouver…Detroit’s power play is 7-for-21 (33.3%) in their last five games.

THE 10:30 P.M. GAME:

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet)
Game notes: Sharks forward Joe Thornton is expected to play Saturday night…Vladimir Tarasenko has one goal in five career games against San Jose…Entering Saturday, Tarasenko ranks third in the NHL in goals.

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