Duels to watch: A sixth straight win for Edmonton?


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Oilers aim for sixth straight win

The Edmonton Oilers will look for a sixth straight win when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The Oilers’ strong streak began Jan. 11 with a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton has outscored its opponents 27-11 on the scoresheet in the past five games.

Jay Woodcroft’s squad had lost four of their previous five games (1-3-1). The Oilers (26-18-3) have gained ground in the Pacific Division, and although they hold the No. are more than three points behind the Seattle Kraken and the Pacific Summit.

the attacker Evander Kane returned to play during that period of success on Tuesday. He had been out since Nov. 8 with a wrist laceration but still hasn’t blacked the scoresheet in two games despite shooting nine and averaging over 17 minutes.

Without surprise, Connor McDavid, the NHL’s top scorer (39), will also be one to watch. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in a nine-game point streak and has blacked the scoresheet in 26 of his last 27 games.

Video: TBL@EDM: Draisaitl doubles lead thanks to McDavid

The Canucks (18-23-3) will play their second game in two days after losing 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. They have just two wins in 10 games.

The Kraken takes on the Avalanche

It’s probably no surprise that one of the teams in the duel between the Colorado Avalanche and the Seattle Kraken, who will face off at Climate Pledge Arena (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW), takes first place in its section. In fact, the surprise is that this team is the Kraken rather than the Avalanche.

Seattle just defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on Thursday, and with a record of 27-14-4, the team sits atop the Pacific Division. They have won nine of their last 11 games, and their 27 wins equal their total from last season, their first in the NHL.

Colorado (23-17-3) has won its last four games, a season high, including a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The defending Stanley Cup champions, however, are plagued by injuries and are in the thick of the chase for a playoff berth.

Nathan MacKinnon needs a point to reach the 700 career mark (255 goals, 444 assists). He will then become the first player drafted in 2013 to reach this mark. He has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) over a seven-game point streak, including at least two points in each of his last five games with the Avalanche.

Video: DET@COL: MacKinnon completes Rodrigues

The Kraken Defender Vince Dunn has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in a nine-game streak that is the longest of his career and the longest in team history. – David Satriano, NHL.com reporter

Capitals reminiscing in Las Vegas

Every visit to T-Mobile Arena brings back fond memories for the Washington Capitals, who won their first championship there by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.

Although their roster has changed significantly since then, the Capitals are looking forward to their home visit to the Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW), especially the champion players who are still on the team – them Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson, Dmitry Orlov and Lars Eller.

If Washington won two of the three meetings in Las Vegas during this final, the team has still not won there in the regular season (0-3-1) since the Golden Knights entered the NHL in 2017- 18. That could change Saturday though, as the Capitals (25-17-6) have won nine of their last 10 road games and the Golden Knights (28-16-2) are 13-13-0 at the House. They have lost their last three meetings in Las Vegas.

The Capitals are continuing a three-game road trip after starting it off on the right foot with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Vegas is playing the last of seven games at home, having gone 2-4-0 in the first six meetings. – Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Reporter

Scheduled Saturday…

Anaheim Ducks vs. Buffalo Sabers (12:30 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BSSC, NHLN, SN NOW)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames (3 p.m. ET; TVAS, CBC, SN, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers (6 p.m. ET; BSFLX, BSN, BSWIX, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; BSDET, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW)
San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, NBCSCA, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, CBC, SNE, SNP, NHLN, SN NOW)
Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; TVAS2, SN1, SNW, CITY, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; MSGSN, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars (8 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSAZX, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, NBCSCH, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; BSSO, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW)



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