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Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins game preview: The Johnny Gaudreau tour continues

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If you think about it, it's kinda weird a kid that has spent pretty much his entire life right by the Atlantic works among the foothills of the Rockies now.

Remember that time Matt Bartkowski was a Flame?
Remember that time Matt Bartkowski was a Flame?
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What's one thing the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins have in common? Other than both teams currently being present in the city of Boston, both teams are also just barely holding on to a playoff spot. The Bruins have the slightly safer grip at the moment, but everything can go wrong in an instant for them; and that applies even more so to the Flames. So both teams would probably be happy to get at least to overtime tonight, much like what happened in their previous meeting this season. A meeting that ended up being a 4-3 overtime win for the Flames, as they overcame a 3-0 deficit, and TJ Brodie scored the greatest overtime winner ever. A repeat of that would be great.

Though of course, we'd be just fine with a repeat of the last game the Flames played, too. Not the part where they lost a 2-0 deficit and got outplayed in the third period - although those Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund goals were very nice - but the two points. Overtime's totally fine, especially with one Jiri Hudler out there. | RecapStatsBoxscore | Hey, Brodie had an assist on that goal. Brodie in overtime is looking pretty good:

What of the Bruins, you ask? Well, in the six games they've played since we last met, they have a 3-2-1 record. That overtime loss was to the Edmonton Oilers, which, who loses to the Edmonton Oilers? That's a thing that can happen? So weird.

For whatever reason, this is the first time the Bruins are playing in five days. They were reasonably active at the trade deadline, although one of their newest forwards - former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly - is already going to miss six weeks thanks to an injury sustained in practice, so he very well may not make his Bruins debut until next season, which is kind of amazing. They got Max Talbot, though!

For more on the B's, head on over to Stanley Cup of Chowder.

Game time: 5:00 p.m. MT, the east remains garbage. Although this must be nice for you Atlantic Flames fans.

Channel: SNW

All-time record: It's 34-56-10 for the Flames, which is not particularly good. There's a -44 goal differential to go with that, which, yeesh! Good thing that has no indication for tonight's game.

Common threads: Let us never forget Matt Bartkowski's tenure as a Flame. Dennis Wideman was once a Bruin, himself. Josh Jooris once attended a Bruins training camp, and Johnny Gaudreau played hockey for Boston College, a school located in the same general area as the Boston Bruins! Wow.

Approaching milestones: Six more games for Mason Raymond to hit 500, seven more for Kris Russell.

David Jones still needs another 10 goals to reach 100 on the career, while TJ Brodie needs just five more points for 100.

Michael Ferland and Emile Poirier are still looking for their first NHL goals, but Poirier did pick up his first point against the Philadelphia Flyers!

Scoreboard watching: There are a couple of games to watch out for tonight:

Current records and leaders

Calgary Flames Boston Bruins
Record: 34-25-4: 72 points Record: 31-22-9: 71 points
Pacific Division: 3rd Atlantic Division: 4th
Western Conference: 8th Eastern Conference: 8th
Goal Differential: +16 Goal Differential: +4
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (25:13 per game)
Forward: Sean Monahan (19:15 per game)
Defence: Zdeno Chara (22:53 per game)
Forward: Loui Eriksson (18:15 per game)
Points
Goals: Sean Monahan (22)
Assists: Mark Giordano (37)
Points: Jiri Hudler (50)
Goals: Patrice Bergeron
Bard Marchand (18)
Assists: Patrice Bergeron (26)
Points: Patrice Bergeron (44)
Shots
Shots on goal: Mark Giordano (157)
Shooting percentage: Jiri Hudler (17.4%)
Shots on goal: Patrice Bergeron (183)
Shooting percentage: Brad Marchand (12.9%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (50.3%, 1386 taken) Patrice Bergeron (59.8%, 1395 taken)
Grit
Penalty minutes: Brandon Bollig (52)
Hits: Lance Bouma (214)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (203)
Penalty minutes: Brad Marchand (82)
Hits: Milan Lucic (190)
Blocked shots: Dennis Seidenberg (110)
ES Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 1/2 team's games played)
Corsi for%: Mark Giordano (48.4%, 61 GP)
TJ Brodie (47.6%, 63 GP) 
Fenwick for%: Josh Jooris (50.0%, 46 GP)
Mark Giordano (48.6%, 61 GP)
Corsi for%: Patrice Bergeron (59.1%, 61 GP)
Brad Marchand (57.5%, 57 GP)
Fenwick for%: Patrice Bergeron (58.4%, 61 GP)
Brad Marchand (57.3%, 57 GP)


Possible starting lineups

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mason Raymond Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Johnny Gaudreau Josh Jooris Joe Colborne
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Brandon Bollig Drew Shore Emile Poirier
Left Defence Right Defence
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
David Schlemko Raphael Diaz
Goalies
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller

Boston Bruins
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Milan Lucic Ryan Spooner David Pastrnak
Daniel Paille Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Chris Kelly Max Talbot Brian Ferlin
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg Matt Bartkowski
Goalies
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg


Hooray for the Stajans, as Elliot Emerson Stajan has joined us in this world! Matt Stajan is expected to return to his team, but not yet to the game. Drew Shore now requires waivers to be sent down, so he probably won't be going anywhere the rest of the year. This should be David Schlemko's Flames debut. And now Bob Hartley is addicted to Karri Ramo, so it's a battle of the Finns in net tonight.