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The Flames will visit the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight. Will Calgary be able to build on their two-game win streak?

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Tonight's matchup will see the Flames visit the Blue Jackets in the Nationwide Arena Center in Columbus, Ohio at 5PM. It’s the first of two games between the two clubs this season, with the rematch to be played in Calgary on March 21st. For the Flames, it’s the fifth game of a six-game road trip. They started out by defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2 last Thursday night and losing to the St. Louis Blues, 4-1 on Saturday. They’ve won the last two in extra time, downing the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday and the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday. They’ll finish up with a match agaist the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. The Jackets are finishing a three game homestand. They started out with a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday before earning their first loss of the season to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, 4-2.

Calgary's last game would see them give up 50 shots to a stacked Blackhawks squad in Chicago and still eke out a 2-1 overtime victory. Denis Wideman opened the scoring in the second with an assist from Joe Colborne, and the Blackhawks answered when Andrew Shaw scored one with six minutes left in regulation, with assists from Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews. The overtime period would see Mikael Backlund score with 24 seconds left to give the Flames a win despite being outshot 50-to-18. Jonas Hiller got the well earned victory, while Corey Crawford took the loss. * Box Score * Full Recap

After the contest, new Flame hero Jonas Hiller talked about how the Flames have been playing lately:

[Tuesday] night and tonight, we definitely played how we want to play. Everybody was working hard [and] doing everything. We were blocking shots. We were tight in our own end. We didn't given them too many great scoring chances and when they had them, there always seemed to be a stick there. I think that's the way we've got to play.

The last time the Flames played Columbus was November 13th last year. Columbus walked away with a 2-1 overtime victory behind goals from Nick Foligno and Nikita Nikitin. Joe Colborne lit the lamp for Calgary. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23-of-24 shots for the victory, while ex-Flame Reto Berra turned aside 16 shots on 18 attempts. * Box Score * Full Recap

Calgary coach Bob Hartley spoke after the game, according to NHL.COM:

I don't think it was the most exciting game. They scored early and it seemed they would be happy to go home with a 1-0 road win. We kept plugging. I felt in that third period, that's where we skated the best. We generated some good pucks at the net. We had decent looks out there. But the bottom line is it's pretty tough to win when you only have one line going. Matt Stajan's line was, by far, our best line. We didn't get enough from the other three.

GameTime: 5PM MT

Where2Watch: SNW, SNF, FS-O

All-Time Record: The Flames own a 23-20-6 record in all contests against Columbus since the Blue Jackets entered the NHL.

Current Record

Calgary Flames: 3-2-0, six points, on pace for 98 points, third in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference, 13th in the NHL. Last five: L-W-L-W-W. Playoff Odds: 53.4%

Columbus Blue Jackets: 2-1-0, four points, on pace for 109 points, fourth in the Metropolitan Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference, 10th in the NHL. Last five: X-X-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 60.6%

Probable Starting Lineups

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Jiri Hudler

Sean Monahan

Josh Jooris

Line 2

Curtis Glencross

Mikael Backlund

Paul Byron

Line 3

Lance Bouma

Joe Colborne

Mason Raymond

Line 4

Brandon Bollig

Matt Stajan

Brian McGrattan

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Kris Russell

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Ladislav Smid

Reserves

Johnny Gaudreau

Devin Setoguchi

Deryk Engelland

Starting Goalie

Karri Ramo

Reserve Goalie

Jonas Hiller

Columbus Blue Jackets

Line 1

Nick Foligno

Ryan Johansen

Cam Atkinson

Line 2

Scott Hartnell

Artem Anisimov

Alexander Wennberg

Line 3

Matt Calvert

Mark Letestu

Marko Dano

Line 4

Jack Skille

Michael Chaput

Jared Boll

Defensive Pair 1

Jack Johnson

David Savard

Defensive Pair 2

Tim Erixon

James Wisniewski

Defensive Pair 3

Fedor Tyutin

Dalton Prout

Reserves

Starting Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky

Reserve Goalie

Curtis McElhinney

Flames Team Leaders

Time on Ice: Defensemen - Mark Giordano 24:56, TJ Brodie 24:38

Forwards - Mikael Backlund 19:00, Curtis Glencross 18:03, Mason Raymond 17:18

Goals: Mason Raymond - 3, TJ Brodie, Jiri Hudler - 2

Assists: Joe Colborne - 5, Mark Giordano - 4, TJ Brodie - 3

Points: Joe Colborne, Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie - 5

Faceoffs: Sean Monahan - 54.0% (47-of-87), Mikael Backlund - 52.3% (68-of-130), Joe Colborne - 49.4% (40-of-81).

Shots-on-Goal: Sean Monahan - 15, Mason Raymond - 12, TJ Brodie - 11

Hits: Curtis Glencross - 17, Brandon Bollig - 14, Lance Bouma - 9

Blocked Shots: Kris Russell - 22, Mark Giordano - 9, Raphael Diaz - 7

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