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Game 13 Preview: Flames Visit Montreal

The Flames try to build on a 4-3 win over the Predators on Friday night with a good showing against the Eastern Conference leading Montreal Canadiens.

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This afternoon at 5PM, the Flames will open a five-game road-trip with a matchup against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This is the second and final contest between the two this season. The Flames dropped the first in a 2-1 shootout loss five days ago. The Flames will also visit the Washington Capitals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Florida Panthers, and the Carolina Hurricanes on this trip. The Habs are opening a short two-game home-stand, with a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

The last time these two met, as noted above, was this past Tuesday. Mark Giordano scored his second goal of the season with assists from Johnny Gaudreau and TJ Brodie, and Montreal answered with an unassisted marker from Tom Gilbert. PA Parenteau scored the difference in the third round of the shootout for the 2-1 final. * Box Score * Full Recap

In my book there's only one positive, and it's the two points. I don't think I can ask for anything more from my guys. What a great game. I think our fans saw a great goalie battle. Just couldn't capitalize on a couple of scoring chances, and that was the difference in the game. - Flames' coach Bob Hartley

On the Forecheck has more on Nashville.

In Calgary's last game, on Friday night, the Flames topped the Nashville Predators, 4-3 after a three-goal third period. Sean Monahan scored on the power play to open the scoring in the second, but was equalled and surpassed by the Preds on goals by Craig Smith and James Neal. The third would see markers by Jiri Hudler (3), TJ Brodie (PP, 4), and John Gaudreau (2). James Neal scored his second of the game on the power play later in the final period. Gaudreau and Monahan also had an assist each. Pekka Rinne took the loss, allowing all four goals on 30 shots. Jonas Hiller turned aside 28-of-31 shots for the win. * Box Score * Full Recap

"The young man was so excited. Before the game, I go to him and said, 'Ferly, did you have a good nap?' He said, 'Ya, ya.' I said, 'Did you sleep?' He said no. I guess it wasn't that good of a nap but he was so excited and it's too bad that he couldn't finish the game, but we're going to get him back on his feet and he'll be good to go. - Flames coach Bob Hartley about recently recalled Michael Ferland.

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Tonight's probable starting lineups

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Curtis Glencross

Sean Monahan

David Jones

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Sven Baertschi

Paul Byron

Devin Setoguchi

Line 4

Brandon Bollig

Lance Bouma

Josh Jooris

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Kris Russell

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Ladislav Smid

Raphael Diaz

Starting Goalie

Jonas Hiller

Reserve Goalie

Karri Ramo

Montreal Canadiens

Line 1

Max Pacioretty

David Desharnais

Dale Weise

Line 2

Lars Eller

Tomas Plekanec

PA Parenteau

Line 3

Rene Bourque

Alex Galchenyuk

Brendan Gallagher

Line 4

Brandon Prust

Manny Malhotra

Jiri Sekac

Defensive Pair 1

Alexei Emelin

PK Subban

Defensive Pair 2

Andrei Markov

Tom Gilbert

Defensive Pair 3

Jarred Tinordi

Mike Weaver

Starting Goalie

Carey Price

Reserve Goalie

Dustin Tokarski

Check back later for the GameThread and award winning recap after the final horn, as well as the advanced statistical recap tomorrow morning.