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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 10

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015

Get ready for a busy Saturday of hockey.

The action begins at 1 p.m. with a game in Philadelphia followed by an action-packed lineup — including six games and five Canadian teams — shown across the country.

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 1 p.m. game:

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Boston hasn’t lost a game to the Flyers since Apr. 23, 2013. They’re 4-0 in those games, having outscored the Flyers 17-7. Jakub Voracek still leads the league in scoring with 16 goals, 33 assists, and 49 points through 41 games. The last time a Flyer led the league in scoring at the end of the season was 1994-95 when Eric Lindros tied Jaromir Jagr with 70 points. Lindros had 29 goals and 41 assists, and tied for the league lead despite playing two fewer games than Jagr.

The 7 p.m. games:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: This is the last matchup between these clubs this season. The series is tied 1-1, with the Penguins outscoring the Canadiens 5-4. Montreal won the 2013-14 season series vs Pittsburgh by winning the rubber match 6-5 in a shootout on Feb. 27, 2014. David Desharnais had the winning shootout goal in that game…. Despite going 5 for 7 in shootouts last year Desharnais is just 1 for 6 this season…. The Penguins’ special teams are among the best in the league. They rank seventh on the power play with a 21.5 per cent success rate, and have the second ranked penalty kill with a 87.9 per cent success rate.

Ottawa Senators vs. Arizona Coyotes 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: This is the first matchup between these clubs this year. Last season they split their season series with each team winning a 4-3 game in overtime…. Despite playing in 1,355 games Shane Doan has played in just 20 against the Senators in his career. He has six goals and five assists with a -4 plus/minus rating against Ottawa.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Despite being a notoriously strong team, the Red Wings haven’t been much of a match for Alexander Ovechkin in his career. He has nine goals and 16 points in 12 games against Detroit…. Ovechkin has a goal in each of his past five games coming into Saturday’s game…. Since the 2010-11 season, Henrik Zetterberg has been the Red Wings’ leading forward in ice time. This season is no different, averaging 19:29 of ice time per game.

The 10 p.m. games:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Vancouver hasn’t lost a game to Calgary since Feb. 11, 2012… Despite this the Canucks are 101-118-33-5 all-time vs the Flames…. Calgary’s leading scoring, Jiri Hudler, is well on pace to set career high’s in just about every category. Hudler has 13 goals and 38 points in 39 games this season setting him on pace for 27 goals and 78 points. His career high is 25 goals in 2011-12, and 57 points in 2008-09.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Just 20 games into his career and Michael Hutchinson is already ninth in wins in the Jets’ franchise history with 12. This is in large part due to the Atlanta Thrashers lineage and not the former Jets/Coyotes franchise marks. Ondrej Pavelec leads the franchise with 123, nearly 30 above the second place goaltender…. In comparison Jonathan Quick also leads the Kings’ franchise with 192 wins. However, he also has the franchise mark for save percentage (.915), goals-against average (2.29), shutouts (34), and sits second in minutes played (21,620).

New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: FX Canada
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: The Rangers are hot right now. They are 12-1 in their last 13 games…. New York has scored four or more goals in eight of those contests, including each of their last four games…. The Sharks are 3-2 in their last five games, but have been outscored 21-14 in those games. This is because of a pair of 7-2 beatings by the St. Louis Blues…. After a disappointing season last year, Rick Nash is putting all of that behind him in 2014-15. Nash has already surpassed last season’s point totals with an assist on Thursday. He now has 25 goals, and 40 points in 39 games this season.


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