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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 17

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015

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Get ready for a busy Saturday night of hockey.

You’ve got plenty of games to choose from, with five nationally televised games that include four Canadian teams. There’s also a regional game (restrictions apply) between the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers.

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 7 p.m. games:

New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy, David Amber
Game notes: Islanders forward John Tavares has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last six games at Canadiens…Canadiens are 10-2-1 vs Metropolitan Division opponents this season…Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak is 4-0-0 all-time against his former team, with a .960 save percentage.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis Blues 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake
Game notes: Leafs forward Phil Kessel has recorded at least one point in four straight games vs. the Blues (three goals, two assists)…St. Louis has registered at least one point in 14 of their last 15 meetings against Toronto…Ex-Leaf Alexander Steen has seven points (four goals, three assists) in five career games against Toronto.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Jason York, Christine Simpson
Game notes: Other than the Senators, the Hurricanes are the only team Senators forward Bobby Ryan has never scored against…Hurricanes have won six of their last eight meetings vs. the Senators…Hurricanes forward Eric Staal has 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 38 career games against Ottawa.

The 10 p.m. games:

Calgary-Flames vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Cassie Campbell-Pascall
Game notes: Sharks Patrick Marleau snapped a 16-game goalless drought Thursday night…Flames have won three of their last four meetings with the Sharks…Entering Friday, Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau ranks second among NHL rookies in assists (20).

Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings 
Channel: Sportsnet
Game notes: Anaheim has won five of last six meetings vs. the Kings and have recorded at least one point in seven consecutive meetings…Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has at least one point in 10 consecutive road games…Kings centre Anze Kopitar has two goals and six assists in his last five games.

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