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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Feb. 21

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015

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Get ready for a busy Saturday night of hockey.

The action begins at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) with an intriguing bout between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before a five-game nationally televised lineup that includes five Canadian teams and an outdoor game in Santa Clara, California.

As we do in the Cheat Sheet every week, here’s everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 12:30 P.M. GAME:

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has scored six goals in his last six games…In 20 career games against Washington, Islanders centre John Tavares has 10 goals and eight assists…Since Dec. 1, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has a .900 save percentage.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Jason York, David Amber
Game notes: The Blue Jackets have not won three games in a row on the road in regulation since Feb 8-18, 2011…The last three meetings between the two clubs have been decided by a 3-2 score.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Arash Madani
Game notes: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo has allowed two goals or less in seven straight starts…Entering Friday, Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman is tied with Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg for most goals among rookies (20).

Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Leafs are the only team in the NHL without a road win in 2015…Toronto has lost five straight versus Jets. The Leafs have been outscored 23-13 in those games, not including shootout goals…Jets forward Bryan Little has a 12-game point streak versus the Leafs, during which he has recorded four goals and 14 assists.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Kevin Quinn, Garry Galley, Gene Principe
Game notes: Ducks are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games vs. Oilers…Ducks forward Ryan Kesler has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 53 career games versus Edmonton.

THE 10 P.M. OUTDOOR GAME:

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Kelly Hrudey
Game notes: The 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series game will take place at Levi’s Stadium — the home of the San Francisco 49ers…Kings are 13-0-0 this season when Jeff Carter records at least two points in a game…Sharks centre Joe Thornton has 63 points (13 goals, 50 assists) in 68 career games vs. Kings.

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