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FGD 22: Clash of the titans (8pm MT, SN West)

Folks, clear your schedules for this evening. The Calgary Flames (12-8-1, 25 points) are hosting the Winnipeg Jets (12-5-2, 26 points) in a game that pits one of the top Pacific Division teams against one of the very best from the Central Division. If there’s a game that will determine how good the Flames really are, it’s this one.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. It’s a national game and the second half of a double-header that begins with Toronto facing Carolina.

For a look from the other side, head over to JetsNation!

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
Tkachuk – Backlund – Bennett
Frolik – Ryan – Neal
Dube – Jankowski – Hathaway

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic

Valimaki – Andersson

David Rittich starts for the Flames, backed up by Mike Smith. The projected scratches are Michael Stone and Anthony Peluso, while Dalton Prout is in Stockton on a conditioning stint (but takes up a roster spot here).

The Flames are 5-3-0 in November and ever since their 9-1 drubbing by Pittsburgh last month have played pretty dang good hockey. They’re not perfect, mind you – defensive zone play is still not terribly consistent and they’re reliant on late pushes – but they’re a formidable team because of their depth.

This game will be a big test of their depth and their attention to detail, as the Jets are a damn fine hockey club and probably the best team in the Western Conference over the past few seasons.

The Jets

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Ehlers – Scheifele – Wheeler
Connor – Little – Laine
Copp – Lowry – Tanev
Petan – Roslovic – Perreault

Morrissey – Trouba
Chiarot – Byfuglien
Morrow – Myers

Connor Hellebuyck starts for Winnipeg, backed up by 2011 Flames draft pick Laurent Brossoit. The projected scratches are Brendan Lemieux and Sami Niku.

The Jets are a deep, fast, talented team who have gone 5-1-1 in November so far. Keep an eye on line matching tonight. In theory, Monahan’s line faces Scheifele’s and Backlund gets the Laine trio (though those could swap), so the game could hinge on whether the Flames’ bottom-six can beat Winnipeg’s.

The Numbers

Wins 12 12
Points 25 26
Corsi Close 55.0% 51.2%
Power Play 20.8% 32.1%
Penalty Kill 75.8% 80.6%

Injury Report

The Flames are healthy.

The Jets are without Dmitry Kulikov.

Season Series

This is the first of three games between the Flames and Jets. They’ll play twice more this season, both times in Winnipeg.

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