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The Flames' first look at Jack Eichel tonight. This should be a cracker.

Joe Colborne celebrates his goal against the Sabres last season. I miss Rafa.
Joe Colborne celebrates his goal against the Sabres last season. I miss Rafa.
Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames - 7pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet 360 MSG-B
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Die By The Blade

One regulation win later against a good side, maybe it is time to get excited?

Every Time I Die are from Buffalo, by the way. It is our first time to witness the majestic beauty of Jack Eichel. He's good. They have a lot of good kids. But guess what? So do the Flames.

This is going to be fun.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Buffalo Sabres
Record
24 Points 25
28th
14th (W)
7th (P)
Overall
Conference
Division
25th
13th (E)
7th (A)
11-14-2
6-3-1
Record
Last 10
11-14-3
3-5-2
36-49-16
0-0-0
Ov. Vs
Sea. Vs
49-36-16
0-0-0
-27
2.56
3.56
GD
GFA
GAA
-11
2.39
2.79
Time On Ice/Game
T.J. Brodie (25:24)
Defence
Rasmus Ristolainen (24:10)
Sean Monahan (20:19) Offence Ryan O'Reilly (21:49)
Key Stats
Johnny Gaudreau (9) Goals Ryan O'Reilly (9)
Jack Eichel (9)
Johnny Gaudreau (17) Assists Ryan O'Reilly (14)
Rasmus Ristolainen (14)
Johnny Gaudreau (26)
Points Ryan O'Reilly (23)
Brandon Bollig (49)
PIM Josh Jorges (32)
Michael Frolik (71)
SOG
Jack Eichel (92)
Markus Granlund (22.2) Shot % Sam Reinhart (15.1)
Derek Grant (56.8)
FO%
Ryan O'Reilly (59.2)
Special Teams
12.3
PP%
21.3
10 PPG For 19
Sam Bennett (2)
Sean Monahan (2)
PPG Leader Ryan O'Reilly (5)
71.8
PK%
75.3
20 PKGA 18
0 SHGF 1
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
T.J. Brodie (49.70)
D
Mike Weber (57.09)
Markus Granlund (56.73) F Evander Kane (56.15)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
T.J. Brodie (50.52)
D
Mike Weber (55.19)
Markus Granlund (54.05) F Evander Kane (57.77)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (85.6)
Karri Ramo (90.1)
All Chad Johnson (90.9)
Linus Ullmark (90.9)
Jonas Hiller (87.1)
Karri Ramo (91.2)
EvS 5 on 5 Chad Johnson (92.3)
Linus Ullmark (91.6)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and mcubed.net

ICYMI

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Game recap

Regulation win! There is a god after all.

Projected lines

Karri Ramo starts again. Brandon Bollig comes in for Micheal Ferland, otherwise it is as you were for San Jose.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan David Jones
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Ladislav Smid Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller
Buffalo Sabres (c/o dailyfaceoff.com)
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Evander Kane Ryan O'Reilly Sam Reinhart
Brian Gionta Jack Eichel Jamie McGinn
Johann Larsson Zemgus Girgensons Matt Moulson
Nicolas Deslauriers David Legwand Marcus Foligno
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Gorges Rasmus Ristolainen
Carlo Colaiacovo Zach Bogosian
Jake McCabe Cody Franson
Goalies
Linus Ullmark (s) Chad Johnson

Milestones

A goal for Ryan O'Reilly would be his 100th in the NHL. Four assists for Zach Bogosian would bring up 100. Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Gaudreau both sit on 91 points.

Join us in the gamethread, where we will be sharpening the blades.