Flames Game Day 27: Hosting the Hurricanes (7pm MT, SN West)

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
After going .500 on their western road trip, the Calgary Flames (15-6-5, 35 points) are back at home! And they’ll face a pretty big test in the form of the visiting Carolina Hurricanes (17-6-1, 35 points), one of the hottest teams in the entire NHL. Can the Flames end their losing skid at two?
This game gets going at 7 p.m. MT. You can catch the action on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The Flames

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:
Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk
Coleman – Backlund – Mangiapane
Lucic- Monahan – Dube
Richardson – Ruzicka – Lewis
Hanifin – Andersson
Kylington – Tanev
Zadorov – Gudbranson
Jacob Markström starts, backed up by Dan Vladar. The projected extras are Michael Stone, Byron Froese and Tyler Pitlick, who’s dealing with a day-to-day injury.
The Flames have lost two games in a row in regulation, with their games in Vegas and San Jose punctuated by a bit of defensive leakiness. Heck, the defensive group was flat-out not great against the Sharks, with head coach Darryl Sutter comparing their performance to a pre-season game. (Ouch.) They’ll need to be better tonight, as Calgary’s entire attack depends on smart puck movement from their blueline group.

The Hurricanes

Yesterday’s lines via Daily Faceoff:
Niederreiter – Aho – Teravainen
Svechnikov – Staal – Fast
Jarvis – Trocheck – Necas
Stepan – Kotkaniemi – Lorentz
Slavin – Cole
Skjei – Chatfield
Smith – Bear
Frederik Andersen starts for the Hurricanes, backed up by Antti Raanta. The extra skaters appear to be Maxime Lajoie and Jordan Martinook.
The Bunch of Jerks have been very good so far this season, avoiding long lulls and playing really well despite a few key injuries and absences due to the COVID-19 protocol. But they’ve back-filled their roster nicely and boast a really fun, young group.
Keep an eye on rookie Seth Jarvis, who’s very fun to watch.

The numbers

Points (%)35 (.673)35 (.729)
Adjusted Corsi For56.7%57.1%
Expected Goals For53.5%54.5%
Power Play23.9%20.8%
Penalty Kill84.8%87.0%

Unfit to play

The Flames are without Brett Ritchie and Tyler Pitlick.
The Hurricanes are without Jake Gardiner, Brett Pesce and Anthony DeAngelo.

When last we met

The Flames played Carolina twice in 2019-20 and lost both games.

Know thy enemy

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