Tonight in the NHL: Senators, Leafs face off in key matchup

Tonight in the NHL: Senators, Leafs face off in key matchup
April 20, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The Flyers have nothing but pride to play for tonight against the Hurricanes as they were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night (see game preview).

Here is a look at the notable games Saturday night in the NHL:

Maple Leafs at Senators, 7 p.m.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to move closer to a playoff spot against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

With a victory and Winnipeg loss, the Maple Leafs would clinch a postseason spot.

The Maple Leafs have dropped their past two games, including a sloppy 5-3 loss to the Islanders on Thursday.

Ottawa enters the game on a four-game winning streak as they have surged to the verge of a playoff spot.

On Thursday, the Senators snapped the Capitals' eight-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Kyle Turris ended a 13-game goalless drought with two goals in the win.

In the season series, Toronto has won three of the four games while outscoring the Senators 14-7.

In the most recent meeting, Nazem Kadri notched his second-career hat trick in the Maple Leafs' 4-0 road victory on March 30.

Capitals at Canadiens, 7 p.m.
The Washington Capitals look to rebound against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

While the Canadiens have already clinched a playoff berth, the Capitals are on the verge of being out of a postseason spot. They currently have a two-point lead over Winnipeg in the Southeast division.

The Capitals saw their eight-game winning streak end in a 3-1 loss to the Senators on Thursday.

Alex Ovechkin, who had a season-worst minus-3 rating on Thursday, will look to avoid going consecutive games without scoring for the first time since March 9-12.

Nicklas Backstorm has played a key role in the Capitals' recent success on the power play, but his status is unclear after leaving Thursday's game in the third period.

Carey Price ended a four-game losing streak in goal on Thursday in the Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the Lightning.

Price has struggled in goal against the Capitals recently. In his last eight home starts against Washington, Price is 1-5-2 with a 3.58 goals-against average, including playoffs. He has lost his last five against the Capitals overall.

Red Wings at Canucks, 10 p.m.
The struggling Detroit Red Wings look to avoid losing for the fifth time in six games Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings, who sit two points out of the eighth seed in the West, look to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years.

Detroit is coming off a 3-2 loss to Calgary on Wednesday. The Red Wings went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Despite their struggles, the Red Wings have had success against the Canucks this season with two victories. Most recently, the Red Wings defeated the Canucks 5-2 in Vancouver.

Henrik Zetterberg has led the way vs. the Canucks this season with three goals and two assists.

Robert Luongo was in net for Vancouver in both losses to Detroit. In his last four games against the Red Wings, he is 1-2-1 with a 4.57 goals-against average.

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