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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 31

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 31st, 2015

Get ready for a full day of hockey.

The action begins with an early afternoon game in Montreal before a six-game set that includes four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we 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:

Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Jason York
Game notes: Entering Friday, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals… Carey Price has a .894 save percentage in 16 career games against the Capitals…Price is fresh off his 28th career shutout.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: The Leafs are 3-15-1 in their past 19 games…Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann practised Friday and could return to the lineup Saturday…During nine games in January, Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has combined save percentage below .900.

Dallas Stars vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 17 career games against Winnipeg…Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson ranks second in the NHL in save percentage (.932) and third in goals-against average (2.00)…Winnipeg is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has allowed two goals or fewer in his each of his past five starts… The Kings have two wins in their past nine games and have not won consecutive games since Dec. 18 and 20…Boston has registered points in 12 of their past 13 games (8-1-4).

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Flames defenceman Mark Giordano has 19 points in 35 career games against the Oilers…Edmonton has a 5-5-0 record in their last 10 games…Calgary was shut out for the first time this season on Thursday night.

THE 10:30 P.M. GAME:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Blackhawks have just a 5-6-0 record in January…Sharks forward Joe Thornton had a pair of assists on Thursday to move into 37th place on the career points list with 1,233.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 17

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015

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.

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.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan 3

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

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.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 20

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014

his week, Hockey Night Canada has a great lineup in store for you.

There are four games being shown across the country, which include five 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 7 P.M. GAMES:

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley
Game notes: Montreal has won its last three games against Ottawa…Habs defenceman P.K. Subban has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 19 career games vs. Senators…Senators goalie Craig Anderson is 2-1-0 with a .931 save percentage in his last three starts.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Toronto is 2-5-1 in their last eight home games against Philadelphia…Claude Giroux has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 20 career games vs. Toronto…The Leafs are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

Also on Rogers: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Vancouver has won their last seven home games against the Flames…Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller has lost in each of his last five starts…Ryan Miller has a career .901 save percentage in five games against Calgary.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 13

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014

This week, Hockey Night in Canada has an action-packed lineup in store for you.

There are five games being shown across the country, including three Canadian teams.

You’ve got Alain Vigneault taking on his old team in Vancouver, a classic Original Six tilt in Toronto, and a visit from the Ducks in Winnipeg. Too bad there’s no Teemu.

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

Programming Note: George Stroumboulopoulos sat down for an exclusive interview with NHL owners Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins and Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames.

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.
THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: The Leafs have won two straight against Detroit, but have just a 1-2-1 record in their last four home games against the Red Wings…Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk has 13 points in 12 career games vs. the Leafs, but he has only registered one goal…Jimmy Howard has a career .911 save percentage against Toronto.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Winnipeg has lost their last two home games against Anaheim…Jets forward Andrew Ladd has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 15 career games against the Ducks…Anaheim is on the back end of a back-to-back. They play in Edmonton Friday night.

Also on Rogers at 7 p.m.:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals (FX)
Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders (Sportsnet)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Canucks are 5-2-0 in their last seven home games vs. Rangers…Canucks goalie Ryan Miller is 13-7-5 with a 2.35 goals-against average, and .924 save percentage in 26 career games vs. New York…Rick Nash has 15 goals (32 points) in his career against the Canucks.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 6

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014

Get ready for a busy day of hockey on Saturday.

The action kicks off this week with an early game before a impressive five-game lineup that will be shown across the country, including 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 P.M. GAME:

Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet)

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canucks, Leafs split their two regular season matchups last season…Vancouver has won 11 of 15 road games this season…Leafs forward Phil Kessel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight career games against Vancouver.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: The Stars are in last place in the Central Division with 23 points in 23 games…Jamie Benn has never registered an assist against the Canadiens in his career…Canadiens goalie Carey Price started Friday night so he isn’t expected to start Saturday.

Also on Rogers at 7 p.m.:
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Greg Millen
Game notes: Flames have won eight of their last 10 games…Sharks forward Joe Thornton has 39 points (seven goals, 32 assists) in 44 career games against Calgary…Karri Ramo beat San Jose in his last matchup against Sharks, registering a 32-save shutout on Nov. 26.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov. 29

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 29th, 2014

Get ready for a smorgasbord of hockey.

This week, Rogers has six different games being shown across the country, including four Canadian teams and a match-up between perennial Western Conference powers.

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:

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Phil Kessel has six goals and 18 points in 27 career games against the Capitals…Alex Ovechkin has 27 goals and 49 points in 33 career games vs. Toronto…Leafs forward Tyler Bozak has five points in his last three games.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, David Amber
Game notes: Montreal has an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games…Entering Friday, Buffalo has the worst goal differential in the entire NHL (minus-35)…Max Pacioretty has five goals and nine assists in 23 career games against the Sabres.

Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: Steven Stamkos has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 22 career games against Ottawa…Entering Friday, Senators goalie Craig Anderson is tied for the league-lead with a .932 save percentage…Anton Stralman (TB) has the second highest plus/minus rating (+12) of all NHL defencemen.

THE 8 P.M. GAME:

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAMES:

Calgary Flames vs. Arizona Coyotes 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie have combined for 44 points in 48 games…They rank first and second in the NHL for defencemen in scoring…Oliver Ekman-Larsson has accumulated a minus-15 rating in 23 games….Shane Doan has 50 points in 61 career games vs. Calgary.

Also on Rogers: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings(Sportsnet)

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