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FGD 50: Tkachuk Bowl IV (2pm MT, SN West)

In their final game prior to the All-Star Break, the Brothers Tkachuk clash! The Calgary Flames (26-18-5, 57 points) face off against the Ottawa Senators (16-23-8, 40 points) in the fourth head-to-head meeting of Matthew and Brady Tkachuk in the National Hockey League.

The game begins just after 2 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Mangiapane – Lindholm – Tkachuk
Gaudreau – Monahan – Backlund
Lucic – Ryan – Dube
Bennett – Jankowski – Rieder

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic
Kylington – Andersson

David Rittich starts for the Flames, backed up by Cam Talbot. Today’s projected scratches are  Alexander Yelesin, Michael Stone and Zac Rinaldo.

The Flames have gone 15-6-1 with Geoff Ward behind the bench. They haven’t been the best team in the NHL or anything – they’ve been 21st in Corsi For percentage, 21st in Scoring Chance For percentage and 12th in High Danger Chance For percentage. They’re not an amazing team, but they’ve found ways to win.

This is Round 4 of the head-to-head Tkachuk battle. The Flames won the three previous games. Matthew has a goal and two assists, while Brady has a goal.

The Senators

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Tkachuk – Anisimov – Brown
Ennis – White – Batherson
Namestnikov – Tierney – Duclair
Balcers – Chlapik – Sabourin

Chabot – Hainsey
Borowiecki – Zaitsev
Reilly – DeMelo

Marcus Hogberg starts for Ottawa, backed up by Craig Anderson. The projected extras are Cody Goloubef and Mikkel Boedker. Jean-Gabriel Pageau is a game-time decision, as he missed Thursday’s game with an upper body injury.

The Senators are, points-wise, the second-worst team in the NHL. They’re a young scrappy group, but they’ve been demolished by injuries this season and haven’t really had a consistent group at all.

The Numbers

Flames Senators
Wins 26 16
Points 57 40
Adjusted Corsi 49.8% 46.3%
Power Play 18.9% 11.6%
Penalty Kill 83.0% 80.8%

Injury Report

The Flames are without D Juuso Valimaki (ACL surgery).

The Senators are missing F Clarke MacArthur (concussion), F Marian Gaborik (back), F Ryan Callahan (back), D Christian Wolanin (shoulder), F Bobby Ryan (personal), G Anders Nilsson (concussion) and F Nick Paul (ankle).

When Last We Met

The Flames beat the Senators 3-1 in Calgary at the end of November in Tkachuk Bowl III. This game closes out their season series.

Know Thy Enemy

Here are some key Twitter follows for today’s game: