The Calgary Flames will attempt to right the ship against a Carolina Hurricanes team that has also found themselves in the losing column early in December. With both teams trying to prevent a third consecutive loss, the goals and between-whistle interactions may be trending towards a more blue collar theme after the drop of the puck. Here is everything you need to know.
Calgary Flames (10-12-3, 23 pts) vs Carolina Hurricanes (14-10-1, 29pts)
Time: 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
TV: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet West, TNT, MAX
Flames Game Day Hits
-Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in goals (7) and points (17) in 25 games played.
-Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri are tied for lead in assists (11).
-Dustin Wolf is expected to get the start. Wolf is 0-2-0 with a 3.66 GAA and a .882 save percentage.
24-year-old Martin Pospisil will re-enter the lineup after sitting out Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Slovakian speedster had gone pointless for seven games after putting up five points in his first seven.
A sour note
The Calgary Flames will be doing their best to forget about the loss to Minnesota. Aside from a strong effort from rookie Connor Zary, there weren’t any positives to take away from the effort.
Carolina is playing the second half of an Alberta back-to-back tonight after losing 6-1 to the Edmonton Oilers last night. Another loss tonight would make it three in a row for Rod Brind’Amour’s group – something that has only happened once this season. The Hurricanes lost consecutive games to Seattle, Colorado and Tampa Bay Oct. 19-24.
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Calgary Flames Projected Lineup
Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Bunting – Aho – Jarvis
Svechnikov – Kotkaniemi – Teravainen
Martinook – Staal – Fast
Noesen – Drury – Necas
Slavin – Burns
Skjei – Pesce
Orlov – Chatfield