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M&G Gametime preview: Devils visit Calgary

The Flames close up their five-game homestand with a visit from the New Jersey Devils.

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Tonight at 8PM, the Flames will host the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. This will be the first of two games this season between the two, with the rematch slated for February 25th in New Jersey. Calgary is finishing up a five-game homestand. They defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-3, the Ottawa Senators 4-2, and the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in the shootout before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday. The Devils are playing in the third game of a four game roadtrip. The started out by losing to the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 and defeating the Edmonton Oilers last night, 2-0. They will finish up with a match against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

The last time the Flames played the Devils was on April 7th last season. Mark Giordano provided all the offense the Flames would need with his 14th goal of the season as Karri Ramo shut down the Devils on 31 shots. Jiri Hudler and Mike Cammalleri earned assists on the play. * Box Score * Full Recap

We looked like we could play another hour and not score a goal on [Ramo]. He was right on his game and we just weren't finding holes. - Devils' coach Peter DeBoer

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The Blackhawks defeated the Flames 4-3 on Thursday night. Chicago and Calgary each scored twice in the first period, with power play goals from Adam Clendening (1), Paul Byron (5), and Dennis Wideman (8), along with an even strength goal from Daniel Carcillo (2). Brent Seabrook (5) and Sean Monahan (8) added goals in the second, and Patrick Kane (7) scored the eventual game winner halfway through the third. Jonas Hiller steered aside 18-of-22 shots, while Corey Crawford earned the win with 24 saves in 27 shots. * Box Score * Full Recap

For the most part, we had a pretty good hockey game. We had a couple of turnovers and a couple mental breakdowns, that's how they got a couple goals, but at the same time we have to take a lot of positives out of that game too. They're probably one of the best teams in the League, and we had a game with them all night. The game could have gone either way. That was a good hockey game. Unfortunately, one team's got to lose. - Curtis Glencross

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Last night, the Devils shut out the OIlers by a final of 2-0. They scored both goals four minutes apart in the middle of the second period, the first by Adam Henrique (5) and the last by Tuomo Ruutu (4). Eric Gelinas assisted on both. Cory Schneider, making his 20th straight start, earned the shutout with 29 saves. Viktor Fasth turned aside 24-of-26 shots for the loss. * Box Score * Full Recap

It was a big game, we weren't real happy with our last game and we had lost two in a row and we had to stop that [streak]. This is going to be a big road trip for us and to get even so far on the trip is important for us. - hero of the day Cory Schneider

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GameTime: 8PM MT

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All-Time Record: The Flames are 22-11-2 against the Devils all-time, earning 70% of possible points in common matchups. It's their highest against any team.

Current Standings

Calgary Flames: 12-7-2, .619, 26 points, on pace for 102 points. Fourth in the Pacific DIvision, sixth in the Western Conference, 11th in the NHL. Last Five: L-W-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 81.4%

New Jersey Devils: 9-9-2, .500, 20 points, on pace for 82 points. Fifth in the Metropolitan Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference, 22nd in the NHL. Last Five: W-W-L-L-W. Playoff Odds: 25.7%

Milestones

Mark Giordano is 50th in career goals scored with Calgary, with 61. He can tie Jamie Macoun in 49th if he scores.

Curtis Glencross can move into 22nd if he scores twice, tying Cory Stillman and Paul Reinhart. With one assist, he can tie Dan Quinn in 40th with 119.

Birthdays

Hall-of-Famers Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Laperriere have birthdays today. Cournoyer turns 71 and Laperriere turns 73. Current Tampa Bay Lightning player Vladislav Namestnikov is the only currently rostered NHL player with a birthday today, he's turning 22.

Common Thread

Mike Cammalleri has scored seven goals and four assists in 14 games this season for the Devils. In parts of four seasons for the Flames, he scored 89 goals with 89 assists, appearing in 216 games.

Probable Starting Lineups

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Curtis Glencross

Sean Monahan

Lance Bouma

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Paul Byron

Michael Ferland

Josh Jooris

Line 4

Sven Bartsch

Max Reinhart

Brandon Bollig

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Ladislav Smid

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Raphael Diaz

Deryk Engelland

Starting Goalie

Karri Ramo

Reserve Goalie

Jonas Hiller


New Jersey Devils

Line 1

Michael Cammalleri

Travis Zajac

Jaromir Jagr

Line 2

Patrik Elias

Adam Henrique

Martin Havlat

Line 3

Tuomo Ruutu

Jacob Josefson

Michael Ryder

Line 4

Dainius Zubrus

Stephen Gionta

Steve Bernier

Defensive Pair 1

Andy Greene

Damon Severson

Defensive Pair 2

Eric Gelinas

Marek ZIdlicky

Defensive Pair 3

Adam Larsson

Seth Helgeson

Starting Goalie

Corey Schneider

Reserve Goalie

Scott Clemmensen


Flames Leaders

Time-on-Ice
Defencemen: TJ Brodie - 25:07, Mark Giordano - 24:15
Forwards: Sean Monahan - 18:49, Curtis Glencross - 17:56, Jiri Hudler - 17:43

Goals: Dennis Wideman, Sean Monahan - 8, Mark Giordano, Jiri Hudler - 6

Assists: Mark Giordano - 16, TJ Brodie - 12, John Gaudreau - 11

Points: Mark Giordano - 22, TJ Brodie - 16, Jiri Hudler - 15

Plus/Minus: TJ Brodie - plus-12, Mark Giordano, John Gaudreau - plus-9

Penalty Minutes: Deryk Engelland - 28, Brandon Bollig - 27, Curtis Glencross - 24

Shots-on-Goal: Sean Monahan - 54, Mark Giordano - 52, Dennis Wideman - 42

Faceoffs: Sean Monahan (218-of-428) - 50.9%, Josh Jooris (52-of-109) - 47.7%, Markus Granlund (59-of-160) - 36.9%

Hits: Lance Bouma - 55, Curtis Glencross - 46, Paul Byron - 36

Blocked Shots: Kris Russell - 56, Mark Giordano - 47, Dennis Wideman - 41

Offensive Point Shares: Mark Giordano - 2.5, Dennis Wideman - 1.6, TJ Brodie - 1.5

Defensive Point Shares: TJ Brodie - 1.9, Mark Giordano - 1.6, Kris Russell - 1.2

Goalie Point Shares: Jonas Hiller - 2.6, Karri Ramo - 0.9

Total Point Shares: Mark Giordano - 4.1, TJ Brodie - 3.5, Dennis Wideman - 2.5