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Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins Preview 3/1/2016

The Flames second stop on their Eastern Tour is at TD Garden in Boston to take on the Bruins in hopes of ending a 5 game losing streak.



Calgary Flames @ Boston Bruins 7 PM ET, TD Garden, Boston, MA

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Calgary's Eastern swing stops in an Original 6 city where the Flames will battle the Bruins. The Bruins currently are in the playoffs in the East, while the Flames continue to sink deeper into the Lottery. Calgary comes into Boston losers of 5 in a row, but they lead the season series against the B's 1-0. The Bruins meanwhile are 3-2 in their last 5, but are struggling at home. Through 63 games, Boston has complied a 13-16-3 record at home which should excite the Flames. However, Calgary is worse on the road. The Flames have racked up a 9-18-3 record on the road and are 2-10 vs teams in the Eastern Conference this season while away from the Dome. The hot take? Boston stinks at home, Calgary stinks on the road! The last time these two played back in December, Calgary won an exciting game in OT by way of a Johnny Gaudreau hat trick. If history is any indicator, history is not on the Flames side as they are 14-32-6 when visiting the Hub. The Flames have won 3 straight against the Bruins and they hope to continue that trend Tuesday night. Here's how the teams match up:

Calgary Flames Boston Bruins
26-32-4 Record 34-23-6
56 Points 74
6th Pacific Division 4th Atlantic
10th West (tie) Conference 5th East
2-8 Last 10 Games 6-4
167 Goals For 191
193 Goals Against 174
Gaudreau (24) Goals Marchand (32)
Gaudreau (63) Points Bergeron (53)
Ramo (.909) SV % Rask (.917)
29th (16.3%) PP 7th (21.4%)
30th (72.6%) PK 11th (81.9%)

The Flames played Monday night in Philadelphia and dropped a 5-3 decision to the Flyers. Calgary scored first on a gorgeous feed from Johnny Gaudreau to Sean Monahan, but after that Philly took over. Jonas Hiller continued to struggle as he gave up 4 goals on 28 shots, 3 of which went to Flyers Center, Brayden Schenn. Calgary mounted a late 3rd period rally, but it wasn’t enough. Here’s the highlights:

The Bruins last played on Sunday and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. Kevan Miller scored first for the Bruins, but that was all they would get. Tuukka Rask had a tough game, giving up 4 goals on 30 shots, while his counterpart Ben Bishop stopped 32 of 33 shots that came his way. Here’s the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Joe Colbore Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Sam Bennett Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Garnet Hathaway
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Jonas Hiller Joni Ortio (s)

Scratches: Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid

Boston Bruins Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Lee Stempniak
Loui Eriksson David Krejci David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey Ryan Spooner Jimmy Hayes
Landon Ferraro Joonas Kemppainen Brett Connolly
Left Defense Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug Dennis Seidenberg
John-Michael Liles Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask (s) Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: None

Injuries: Chris Kelly

by Mark Parkinson