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Calgary Flames vs Florida Panthers Preview 1/13/2016 (41/82)

The Flames welcome the first place Panthers to the Saddledome Wednesday night.

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames could use a break from their divisional opponents seeing they are struggling lately against the West and Pacific. Their reward? The first place Florida Panthers. Some reprieve. Calgary and Florida last laced them up on November 10th where Florida outlasted the Flames 4-3. Florida comes in 14 games above .500 and having just ended a 12 game winning streak with an OT loss on Monday. The Flames are currently on a 2 game skid and are slowly sinking in the West. Calgary gets veteran winger Jiri Hudler back for this contest, but they lose Lance Bouma for a few weeks with a lower body injury. Aaron Ekblad appears to be a game time decision for the Panthers as they haven't announced whether or not last year's Calder Trophy winner has recovered from an upper body injury. Here's how both teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Florida Panthers
19-20-2 Record 26-12-5
40 Points 57
6th Pacific Division 1st Atlantic
9th West Conference 2nd East
4-6 Last 10 Games 9-1
108 Goals For 113
128 Goals Against 91
Gaudreau (18) Goals Jagr (15)
Gaudreau (42) Points Jagr (32)
Ramo (.910) SV % Montoya (.940)
30th (14.6%) PP 27th  (16.7%)
30th (73.5%) PK 8th (82.1%)

Calgary last played Monday night and dropped a tough 5-4 decision to the San Jose Sharks. The Flames were turnover machines and the Sharks capitalized on the Flames mistakes. Despite the 5 goals, Karri Ramo didn't play badly and Monahan, Ferland and Bennett each broke out of some massive slumps. Here's the highlights:

Florida's season high 12 game winning streak came to an end Monday night during a 3-2 OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the loss, the ageless wonder that is Jaromir Jagr continued his amazing season getting a helper on 1 of Florida's 2 goals. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Joe Colborne
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Karri Ramo Jonas Hiller (s)

Scratches: Mason Raymond, Ladislav Smid.

Injuries: Michael Frolik, Lance Bouma.

Florida Panthers Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Brandon Pirri Nick Bjugstad Logan Shaw
Jussi Jokinen Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Quinton Howden Derek MacKenzie Shawn Thornton
Left Defense Right Defense
Brian Campbell Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov Steve Kampfer
Willie Mitchell Alex Petrovic
Roberto Luongo (s) Al Montoya

Scratches: None

Injuries: Marc Savard, Aaron Ekblad