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Bucking the Trend: Flames-Golden Knights Game Day Preview, Notes, How to Watch

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Currently playing in a strange win two, lose two pattern through January, the Calgary Flames will look to buck that trend tonight against a struggling Golden Knights team that may find themselves in a wildcard spot if they maintain their current course. Here is your game day preview.  

Calgary Flames (15-16-5, 35 pts) vs Vegas Golden Knights (24-13-5, 53 pts)  

Last Ten: Calgary (6-4-0) Vegas (3-7-0)  

Time: 8:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.   

TV: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet West, ESPN+   

Trends & Talking Points

Score-a-goal-vich 

Yegor Sharangovich’s third goal on Thursday against the Coyotes marked a monumentally pedantic statistic moment. The 25-year-old officially passed former Flame Tyler Toffoli in scoring with 30 points on the season. Toffoli, 31, has 16 goals and 13 assists on the season, Sharangovich has the same amount of assists and one more goal.  olden

Cole Fire 

Speaking of former Devils, Blake Coleman has been a force during this 2023-2024 campaign. 18 goals and 17 assists this season has the Flames right winger on pace for 35 goals and 68 points. His previous career high stands at 38 points in 2022-2023.  

Inj City 

The Vegas Golden Knights and long-term injuries. Chocolate and peanut butter. White wine and chicken. Some things just go together. A gutsy win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday included Jack Eichel and team Captain Mark Stone leaving the game due to physical trauma. Chris Gawlik did a thorough breakdown of the two events, which can be found here. With so many physical hurdles in the way, the Golden Knights are 3-7-0 in their last ten games.

Shea Theodore, Adin Hill, and William Karlsson are also among the notably injured players currently on the Golden Knights. Jack Eichel is confirmed to be out of the lineup tonight via Jesse Granger. @JesseGranger_ 

City of Sin 

Vegas has a curiously different record between home and away games. Away from the T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights are perfectly .500 with a 9-9-3 record. Bruce Cassidy’s team has the second-best home record in the NHL at 15-4-2. 

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup

Markstrom starts. Oesterle in, Kuznetsov out. Courtesy of Eric Francis. @EricFrancis 

Huberdeau – Lindholm – Sharangovich  

Zary – Kadri – Pospisil  

Mangiapane – Backlund – Coleman  

Greer – Ruzicka – Dube 

Hanifin-Tanev  

Weegar-Andersson  

Oesterle-DeSimone 

Markstrom  

Vladar 

 

Vegas Golden Knights Projected Lineup 

Calgary kid Logan Thompson starts, Eichel takes the game off. Courtesy of Jesse Granger. @JesseGranger_ 

Dorofeyev—Stephenson—Stone  

Barbashev—Roy—Marchessault  

Cotter—Howden—Amadio  

Røndbjerg—Froese—Kolesar  

Martinez—Pietrangelo  

McNabb—Korczak  

Hague—Whitecloud  

Thompson  

Saville