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Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals game preview

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It’s Hockey Night in Canada! In the night’s final game, the Calgary Flames are hosting the Washington Capitals, 8 p.m. MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, with Bob Cole (!) on the call. This is the third game of a five-game homestand for Calgary, while the Capitals are doing a simple western Canadian road swing before returning home.

The Flames are coming off a great 5-0 win from Thursday, Oct. 23, in which they thrashed a still winless Carolina Hurricanes squad. This is not your Connor McDavid tank team. Sean Monahan finally got on board by potting his first two goals of the year, while Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma scored their firsts, and Dennis Wideman continued his hot streak by scoring his fourth goal of the season, matching his last year’s total. Jonas Hiller got the Flames’ first shutout of the year. | Recap | Fancy stats recap | Boxscore | What a great game for Flames highlights:

The Capitals, meanwhile, have had a couple of days off since falling to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 back on Wednesday, Oct. 22 (shame on them). During that time they’ve gone curling and Alex Ovechkin apparently did some shopping:

More substantial information about the Caps can probably be found at Japers' Rink.

Game time: 8 p.m. MT

Channel: Your standard CBC channel, since it's the final HNiC game of the day.

All-time record: The Flames have a 41-32-13-1 all-time record against the Caps, because they are better than them. With a goal differential of +45. Because better. Shh.

Common thread: Dennis Wideman. Once upon a time he was a Cap. He played 96 games for them, and scored 12 goals and 53 points over that time. Then the Flames traded for his rights, and tonight will be his 101st game with us. He has scored 14 goals and 48 points over that time. May he get an ovechtrick tonight.

Obtainable milestones: Kris Russell needs one assist to get to 100; Dennis Wideman needs one point to get to 300.

Current records and leaders

Calgary Flames Washington Capitals
5-3-1: 11 points 3-1-2: 8 points
Pacific Division: 3rd Metropolitan Division: 2nd
Western Conference: 4th Eastern Conference: 6th
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (24:37 per game)
Forward: Mikael Backlund (18:13 per game)
Defence: Matt Niskanen (23:49 per game)
Forward: Nicklas Backstrom (20:43 per game)
Goals: Mason Raymond (5)
Assists: Joe Colborne (8)
Points: Joe Colborne (8)

Goals: Alex Ovechkin (5)
Assists: Nicklas Backstrom (5)
Points: Alex Ovechkin
Mike Green
Andre Burakovsky
Nicklas Backstrom (6)

Shots on goal: Mason Raymond, Sean Monahan (23)
Shooting percentage: Dennis Wideman (30.8%)
Shots on goal: Alex Ovechkin (28)
Shooting percentage: Chris Brown (33.3%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (52.1%, 144 taken) Nicklas Backstrom (54.0%, 111 taken)
Penalty minutes: Deryk Engelland (13)
Hits: Curtis Glencross (24)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (27)
Penalty minutes: Liam O’Brien (14)
Hits: Alex Ovechkin (25)
Blocked shots: Brooks Orpik (16)
Corsi for%: Josh Jooris (59.70%, 3 GP)
Jiri Hudler (52.12%, 8 GP)
Fenwick for%: Josh Jooris (65.96%, 3 GP)
Jiri Hudler (52.05%, 8GP)
Corsi for%: Alex Ovechkin (68.89%, 6 GP)
Andre Burakovsky (68.57%, 6 GP)
Fenwick for%: Andre Burakovsky (70.48%, 6GP)
Alex Ovechkin (69.81%, 6GP)

Probable starting lineups

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jiri Hudler Sean Monahan Joe Colborne
Johnny Gaudreau Mikael Backlund Mason Raymond
Curtis Glencross Matt Stajan Paul Byron
Brandon Bollig Lance Bouma Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Ladislav Smid Deryk Engelland
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller
Brian McGrattan Devin Setoguchi Rafa Diaz



Washington Capitals
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Eric Fehr
Marcus Johansson Andrew Burakovsky Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera Evgeny Kuznetsov Jay Beagle
Liam O’Brien Michael Latta Joel Ward
Left Defense Right Defense
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt Mike Green
Braden Holtby
Justin Peters

Be sure to come back and join us in our GameThread, up around 7:30 p.m. MT!

by Ari Yanover