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After a week long hiatus the Calgary Flames are back in action tonight as they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes.
While the Flames enter tonight’s game just two points out of last place they are still somehow in the playoff race.
As it stands the Flames are eight points behind the Anaheim Ducks for 3rd in the division. If the Flames can do some damage over the next couple weeks they’ll be back in the thick of things.
Carolina Hurricanes – 23-20-8 – 54 points – 6th in Metro – 10th in Eastern
Calgary Flames – 21-24-3 – 45 points – 6th in Pacific – 13th in Western
Team Records – Last 10-20-30 Games with Points %
Carolina Hurricanes – 7-2-1 (75%) – 11-6-3 (63%) – 16-10-4 (58%)
Calgary Flames – 3-6-1 (35%) – 9-10-1 (48%) – 15-13-2 (53%)
The Carolina Hurricanes look to stay red hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 18 goals, Justin Faulk has 19 assists and Victor Rask has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 74 goals on 776 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 55 goals on 573 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Calgary Flames could use a nice win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.5 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 20 goals, Mark Giordano has 20 assists and Sean Monahan has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their power play chances. Karri Ramo has allowed 86 goals on 953 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 41 goals on 348 shots. Ramo has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 18-38 in their last 56 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The Flames are 13-5 in their last 18 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Calgary.
1) The Flames are 30th in 5 v 5 save percentage. The Hurricanes are 28th. Don’t expect a goaltending duel in this one.
2) The Bennett – Backlund – Frolik line continues to shine since being put together. In ~180 minutes together they generate 51% of the shot attempts, 55% of the scoring chances and 57% of the goals. The Flames need this line to continue producing if they’re going to make a run in the 2nd half.
3) Mark Giordano had 19 points(!) in 17 games prior to the all-star break. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pick up where he left off; especially with the inevitable rise in minutes due to Dennis Wideman’s absence.