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Game 15 Preview: Flames visit Tampa Bay

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The surprisingly good Flames try to continue their hot streak against the always dangerous Steven Stamkos and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Derek Leung

Tonight at 7:30PM, the Flames make their first of two stops in the Sunshine State for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This will be the second of two matchups this season between the two clubs. The first was on October 21st, when the Flames dropped a 2-1 overtime decision (more below). Calgary is playing in the third game of a five-game roadtrip. They started out with a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday and followed with a 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. They'll finish up with a match against the Florida Panthers on Friday and one versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. The Lightning are finishing up a four-game homestand. They won their first three, 7-3 over the Arizona Coyotes on October 28th, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, and again 4-3 against the Caps on Saturday.

On October 21st, the Flames and Lightning were scoreless going into the third period. Dennis Wideman broke the seal on the scoreboard on the power play one minute in for his third of the campaign, with assists from John Gaudreau and Kris Russell. Valtteri Filippula lit the lamp for the first time this season with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, sending it to an extra frame. Ondrej Palat scored the game winner after three minutes for his second of the season. Evgeni Nabokov earned the win by stopping 21-of-22 shots, and Karri Ramo was just slightly behind, making 20 saves and taking the loss. * Box Score * Full Recap

We had two breakdowns there on their two goals, especially with a couple minutes left, we have to be better than that. We have to learn from that. That's a tough one to swallow right now. We'll take the point and learn from that, I guess. We've just to got to find a way. It was a tough way to lose [Tuesday]. We felt like we should have come out with two points.

Raw Charge is your source for Tampa Bay.

In Calgary's last game, the Flames took Washington to a fourth period before Sean Monahan scored the game winner on a perfect saucer pass from Josh Jooris, with less than a minute left until a shootout would have been necessary. Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist, while Lance Bouma and Markus Granlund also split the pipes for Calgary. Jonas Hiller earned the win by stopping 31 shots, earning a .912 save percentage on the night. The Caps were paced by a goal and an assist from Nicklas Backstrom and two helpers from Alex Ovechkin. Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward also scored for the Caps, while Braden Holtby helped his team to the single point even though he only earned a .826 save percentage, stopping 19-of-23. * Box Score * Full Recap

We're on the road here and you've got to find a way to win. Right now, we are trying to get as many wins as we can to start the season. I think we're rolling right now, we've got good leadership to get us there. - Hero of the Day Monahan

For more on Washington, go to Japers' Rink.

Tampa Bay's last contest was also a 4-3 victory against the Caps, on Saturday night. The Lightning would enjoy markers from Nikita Kucherov (who added an assist), Ryan Callahan, Jason Garrison, and Palat. Tyler Johnson pitched in two dimes, and Ben Bishop earned the win with 35 saves. For the Caps, Johansson had a goal and an assist, Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer each lit the lamp, and Holtby turned aside 24 shots for the loss. * Box Score * Game Recap

We were pretty loose on defense tonight, probably as loose as we've been all season. We needed some big saves and we did the most with our chances on offense. - Lightning coach Jon Cooper

GameTime: 5:30PM

Where2Watch: SNF, SUN

All-Time Record: The Flames have a 13-11-5 all-time record against Tampa Bay.

Current Standings

Calgary Flames: 8-4-2, .643, 18 points, on pace for 105 points. Third in the Pacific Division, fifth in the Western Conference, eighth in the NHL. Last Five: L-O-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 75.6%

Tampa Bay Lightning: 8-3-1, .708, 17 points, on pace for 116 points. First in the Atlantic Division, second in the Eastern Conference, tied for fourth in the NHL. Last Five: W-L-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 87.1%

Milestones

TJ Brodie will appear in his 200th NHL game tonight, all with Calgary. Steven Stamkos will reach 200 assists with two more. Curtis Glencross will break a tie for 33rd with Cory Sarich by playing in his 380th Flames contest. Two more goals will put Mark Giordano in Calgary's all-time top 50, tying Dave Moss with 61. Two assists will move him into a tie with Dion Phaneuf in 27th, with 153.

Birthdays

Brad Stuart, currently on the Colorado Avalanche (and one-time Flame, with 27 appearances in 2006-07) will be playing in his 1,000th game and turning 35 years old.

Elsewhere

Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins, 7PM
Florida Panthers vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7PM
Minnesota Wild vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:30PM
New Jersey Devils vs. St. Louis Blues, 8PM
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Winnipeg Jets, 8PM
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars, 8:30PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Colorado Avalanche, 9PM
New York Islanders vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10:30PM
Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks, 10:30PM

Tonight's Probable Starting Lineups

* will probably change after the morning skate

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Curtis Glencross

Sean Monahan

Josh Jooris

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Sven Baertschi

Paul Byron

Devin Setoguchi

Line 4

Brandon Bollig

Lance Bouma

David Jones

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Kris Russell

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Raphael Diaz

Deryk Engelland

Starting Goalie

Jonas Hiller

Reserve Goalie

Karri Ramo

Tampa Bay Lightning

Line 1

Valtteri Filippula

Steven Stamkos

Ryan Callahan

Line 2

Ondrej Palat

Tyler Johnson

Nikita Kucherov

Line 3

Brenden Morrow

Brian Boyle

JT Brown

Line 4

Jonathan Drouin

Vladislav Namestnikov

Cedric Paquette

Defensive Pair 1

Anton Stralman

Matt Carle

Defensive Pair 2

Jason Garrison

Radko Gudas

Defensive Pair 3

Eric Brewer

Andrej Sustr

Starting Goalie

Ben Bishop

Reserve Goalie

Evgeni Nabokov

Flames Leaders

Average Time-on-Ice: Defensemen: TJ Brodie - 24:50, Mark Giordano - 23:55
Forwards: Mikael Backlund - 17:51, Curtis Glencross - 17:37, Sean Monahan - 17:35

Goals: Dennis Wideman, Mason Raymond - 5, TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan - 4

Assists: TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano - 9, Joe Colborne - 8

Points: TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano - 13, Jiri Hudler - 10

Plus/Minus: TJ Brodie - plus-10, John Gaudreau - plus-8, Mark Giordano - plus-6

Penalty Minutes: Curtis Glencross, Brandon Bollig, Deryk Engelland - 18

Shots-on-Goal: Sean Monahan - 38, Mark Giordano - 31, Dennis Wideman - 29

Faceoffs: Mikael Backlund (110-of-218) - 50.5%, Joe Colborne (67-of-133) - 50.4%, Sean Monahan (130-for-259) - 50.2%

Hits: Curtis Glencross - 34, Lance Bouma - 32, Brandon Bollig - 29

Blocked Shots: Kris Russell - 43, Mark Giordano - 42, Dennis Wideman - 29

Offensive Point Shares: Mark Giordano - 1.5, TJ Brodie - 1.4, Dennis Wideman - 1.2

Defensive Point Shares: TJ Brodie - 1.5, Mark Giordano - 1.1, Kris Russell - 1.0

Goaltending Point Shares: Jonas Hiller - 2.4, Karri Ramo - 0.8

Total Point Shares: TJ Brodie - 2.9, Mark Giordano - 2.6, Dennis Wideman - 1.8

Thank you for checking out the game preview. Join us back here soon before faceoff for your gamethread, after for the game wrap, and the morning after for our advanced stats review.