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NHL: 4 things to know for Saturday night

The two worst Canadian teams in the standings face off, the Canucks try to stop the Penguins Western Canadian dominance, the Canadiens take on the streaking Devils and the Senators look for a repeat.

Leafs try to hold off 12th straight loss

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to avoid their 12th straight loss against the Edmonton Oilers at home. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The two worst Canadian teams in the standings face off, the Canucks try to stop the Penguins Western Canadian dominance, the Canadiens take on the streaking Devils and the Senators look for a repeat. 

Here are four things to know for Saturday night:

Someone has to win

Two Canadian teams with the dubious honour of having 11-game losing streaks this season meet at Air Canada Centre. 

With their last victory dating back to Jan. 9, the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise-record losing skid is almost a month old. Facing the Edmonton Oilers could be the break that the Leafs need to claim an illusive victory. 

The Oilers have not defeated the Leafs since Dec. 2, 2010, and Toronto has won the last five meetings. However, Edmonton is rolling into Toronto winners of three of their past four games on the road. 

Goalie James Reimer stopped 13 shots in another losing effort against New Jersey on Friday night. Perhaps in an attempt to motivate his teammates, the 26-year-old called the team out after the dismal outing. 

Rolling through the West

The Pittsburgh Penguins are making the last stop of their three-game trip through Western Canada when they visit the Vancouver Canucks. 

Pittsburgh could make it a Western sweep tonight, as they are currently undefeated when visiting Canadian teams (7-0-0).

Vancouver claimed the last victory by shutting out the Penguins 3-0 on Dec. 4. Canucks forward Brad Richardson had his best game of the season that night, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Devils try for a season best

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price will make his 41st start to try to help his team get back on track. The team hasn't played since their second loss in a row Tuesday, so they will be much more rested than the New Jersey Devils. 

The Devils are playing a back-to-back after Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Leafs. New Jersey is enjoying a three-game winning streak for only the second time this season, but they haven't been able to extend it beyond that mark. 

Montreal took the last game 4-2 on Jan. 2 thanks to defenceman P.K. Subban's three assist night. 

Sens look for a repeat

The Ottawa Senators are hoping their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets will follow the same script as the last two.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson had a goal in each of the team's two victories against the Blue Jackets this season.

Columbus will be coming off Friday's 7-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues that ended a three-game skid. While Ottawa has dropped their last two, only scoring a single goal in each of the 2-1 losses. 

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