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The Flames Head To Buffalo To Try And Avoid Overtime

Calgary has won three in a row in Buffalo.

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Calgary Flames @ Buffalo Sabres, 5 PM MT, KeyBank Center, Buffalo NY

Calgary Flames 8-3-5 (21 pts) – Buffalo Sabres 7-6-2 (16 pts)

TV: SN360 – Radio: Sportsnet 960

Odds: Calgary (-101) Buffalo (-120) O/U: 5.5

The Flames play the 5th game of their seven game road trip tonight in Buffalo against a reeling Sabres squad. Now, stop us if you’ve heard this before: Calgary should beat the team they are playing tonight. BUT, the Flames haven’t had the easiest time against teams playing far worse than those wearing the Flaming C. The Flames lost in OT to a Nashville team they should have defeated. They lost to a San Jose team missing 12 players. The lost to a Canadiens team with three wins. Tuesday night they lost in overtime to a Flyers team that had no business getting two points. So where does that leave us?

Calgary HAS to beat this Buffalo team and in regulation. There should be no reason and or excuse for this to happen. The Flames have been very generous with giving teams an extra point, as they’ve gone to OT six times this season and only collected the full two points once. That’s five loser points for the Flames (tied with Washington for the most) and ten points for the opposition. It’s high time Calgary gets this game done in 60 minutes because this is not a good Buffalo team by any stretch of the imagination.

The Sabres started out hot this season, winning five of their first seven and getting a point in six of those seven. Then the wheels came off. After defeating the Anaheim Ducks in OT on October 28th, Buffalo then went 2-5-1 in their next eight, falling straight into the basement of the Atlantic Division.

Goal scoring was something that Buffalo did fairly regularly early in the season and have a respectable 44 GF, but they’ve also given up 44 goals as well. Of those 44 GA, 27 have come in their last six losses, while they’ve only been able to light the lamp 21 times. That’s not a recipe for success and it’s bragging the Sabres down.

The Flames and Sabres haven’t met for a very long time. The last time these two tangled was back in 2019 on December 5th, with the Flames taking home a 4-3 win. For a little perspective on how long it’s been: Milan Lucic scored his first goal with the Flames and Mark Jankowski was still with the Flames. Calgary has also won three straight in Buffalo.

Puck drop is at 5 PM MT from the KeyBank Center.

Head To Head
Calgary Flames Buffalo Sabres
8-3-5  Record  7-6-2 
21  Points  16 
Pacific (3rd)  Division  Atlantic (6th) 
49  GF  44 
34  GA  44 
Mangiapane (10)  Goals Leader  Olofsson (5) 
Lindholm (17)  Points Leader  Asplund (10) 
Gudbranson (26)  PIM  Dahlin (12) 
Markstrom (.938)  Save%  Anderson (.921) 
22.5 (10th)  PP   19.1 (16th)
86.8 (6th)  PK  81.4 (17th) 
1-2-2  Last 5  2-2-1 
42-53-16  Overall VS  53-42-16 

Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Markstrom (E)  5-3-4  1.82  .938 
Sabres: Tokarski (E)  3-3-2  2.71  .920 

Injury Report
Calgary Flames Buffalo Sabres
None  Craig Anderson- UBI
Day to Day 
  Alex Tuch- Shoulder
IR-LT 
  Henri Jokiharju- LBI
IR 
  Victor Olofsson- Undisclosed
Day to Day 
  Lukas Rousek- Knee
IR-NR 

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by Mark Parkinson