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Calgary Flames 18-12-4 (40 pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 19-11-2 (40 pts)
The Flames will host the Carolina Hurricanes in an early afternoon tilt as we speak on the Saddledome. The Flames come into this contest using excessive on a seven recreation profitable streak that has seen them grow to be a dominant scoring group. Over that seven recreation stretch the Flames have scored 4 or extra targets 5 occasions, one thing they’d solely 5 occasions of their earlier 29 video games. Sean Monahan has factors in eight straight, together with 5 targets. Johnny Gaudreau got here alive in opposition to the Maple Leafs with a two aim efficiency, giving him factors in seven of his final 9. The purpose? Calgary’s prime gamers are beginning to come our of their slumps and if you happen to mix that with the efforts of Michael Frolik, Derek Ryan, Dillon Dube and Tobias Rieder, the Flames are going to be a harmful group from right here on out.
Talking of harmful, the Carolina Hurricanes have been spectacular these days. They simply had a 3 recreation profitable streak snapped with a 1-Zero loss to the Canucks Thursday evening, however previous to that they’d been rolling. The Canes had again to again six aim performances in opposition to the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers, making them 4-1-1 of their final six video games. The outburst of targets pushed Carolina to 12th within the league in targets scored with 101 markers. Mix that with their eighth greatest 86 targets allowed and you may see why the Hurricanes are so profitable.
The Flames dropped their first assembly with the Hurricanes again on October 29th by a rating of 2-1. A win would give the Canes a season sweep of the Flames, one thing they’ve by no means finished since they began enjoying one another twice a season again in 2014. Complicating issues for Carolina is that they have misplaced eight of their final ten on the Saddledome.
Beginning Goalies (E=Anticipated, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Rittich (E)- 15-7-4, 2.71 GAA, .914 Save%
Hurricanes: Mrazek (E)- 13-6-2, 2.52 GAA, .906 Save%
Flames: Objectives: Lindholm (14) Factors: Monahan (28) PIM: Lucic (34) Save%: Rittich (.914)
Hurricanes: Objectives: Aho (18) Factors: Svechnikov (34) PIM: Edmundson (41) Save%: Reimer (.918)
What’s Taking place With The Opposition?
Carolina Hurricanes Protection: Canes Nation
Final Time Out
Calgary Flames 4 – Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Carolina Hurricanes 0 – Vancouver Canucks 1 (OT)
Gamers To Watch
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Sean Monahan (C): 7 factors in final 5 video games
Picture by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI by way of Getty Photographs
Teuvo Teravainen (F): 5 assists in final 5 video games