The Calgary Flames (17-13-7) host the Vancouvers Canucks (16-16-3) in their final game of 2022. (8:00 p.m. MT. Sportsnet One/Fan960).
They've been idle a couple of days since Jonathan Huberdeau scored his first winning goal as a member of the Flames on Wednesday in Seattle against the Kraken. But Saturday night's contest is a chance to punctuate a year that has been pretty good when all is taken into consideration.
It will take more of the solid defensive work the Flames have been pretty solid at since mid-November, and displayed again in Seattle (minus a couple of shifts) in an important divisional victory.
"We had some good moments in Seattle. Obviously, I thought we played well against Edmonton, too, just didn't get the result," Calgary Flames winger Elias Lindholm told media Saturday morning. "So, we've just got to keep building. Had a good practice yesterday, so keep building, have a good start.
"(Vancouver has) been a good road team lately, so it's important to have a good start."
Lindholm says focus is the main reason for the ability to keep their goals-against down the last six weeks.
"I think we're just more dialled in. Doing the little things better and be more aware in the d-zone," Lindholm said. "Still, there's things we can clean up. Seattle had a couple breakaways and stuff like that, but I think just more dialled in."
The Canucks lost 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday despite a strong performance by Collin Delia in goal. He made 35 saves to keep them in it. Andrei Kuzmenko scored his 15th of the year and has been a real bright spot for the Canucks offence in his first NHL season.
Prior to that loss, the Canucks were rolling with three straight wins.
Calgary Flames projected lineup
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Milan Lucic – Nazem Kadri – Jonathan Huberdeau
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Trevor Lewis – Adam Ruzicka – Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Vancouver Canucks projected lineup
Ilya Mikheyev — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Conor Garland — J.T. Miller — Curtis Lazar
Andrei Kuzmenko — Elias Pettersson — Sheldon Dries
Dakota Joshua — Nils Aman — Jack Studnicka
Quinn Hughes — Ethan Bear
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Tyler Myers
Travis Dermott — Luke Schenn