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Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets Preview 1/21/2016 (44/82)

Hartley! Torts! It's the Flames and the Blue Jackets from Columbus.

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets 7 PM ET, Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNF, FSOh, SN Flames
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

I imagine this game promo being done in the Monster Truck Guy voice: THURSDAY! THURSDAY! THURSDAY! FLAMES! BLUE JACKETS! HARTLEY V TORTORELLA!" Ok, now that that's out of the way, on to the preview. Calgary is falling and falling fast in the West. The Flames need to stop the bleeding and do it quickly. Calgary's loss to NJ Tuesday night dropped the Flames record on the East coast to 1-7 this season. And this was supposed to be the "easier" part of the schedule. Karri Ramo makes his return to the net tonight for the Flames after having a 3 game rest where the Flames went 1-2.

The Flames leave the scenic downtown area of Newark NJ for Columbus OH...and it hasn't been pretty here for the boys from Alberta. Calgary trails the all time series 23-28-0, but in Columbus it's much worse: 9-17-0. The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 against the Blue Jackets, but haven't lost by more than 2 goals in each of the losses. So it's not like it's hopeless, the Flames just need to get in gear and start winning. Turning their fortunes around in Columbus would do a lot to get this team back on track AND get that Columbus monkey off their back's. No one has given up more goals this season than Torts' squad, so this team is ripe for the picking. Here's a look at how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Columbus Blue Jackets
20-21-3 Record 17-26-4
43 Points 38
6th Pacific Division 8th Metropolitan
10th West (tie) Conference 12th East
4-6 Last 10 Games 4-6
117 Goals For 117
133 Goals Against 151
Gaudreau (19) Goals Saad (16)
Gaudreau (45) Points Hartnell (31)
Ramo (.910) SV % Bobrovsky (.912)
30th (14.9%) PP 18th  (17.8%)
30th (74.8%) PK 14th (80.6%)

Calgary lasted skated Tuesday night and lost to the NJ Devils 4-2. As bad as a loss as this was, it wasn't all terrible. Calgary managed 2, count them 2! power play goals and still managed to lose. Johnny Gaudreau got two helpers and Sam Bennett continued his hot streak. Here's the highlights:

The Blue Jackets last took to the ice on Tuesday night and were beaten down by the Washington Capitols, 6-3. Sergei Bobrovsky gave up 5 goals on 27 shots and old Flames friend Rene Bourque picked up an assist in the contest. 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 Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Mason Raymond Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan David Jones
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Josh Jooris, Joe Colborne

Injuries: Lance Bouma.

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Josh Anderson
Rene Bourque William Karlsson Kerby Rychel
Markus Hannikainen Gregory Campbell Jared Boll
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Cody Goloubef
Justin Falk Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky(s) Joonas Korpisalo

Scratches: None

Injuries: Curtis McElhinney, David ClarksonMatt CalvertNick FolignoDavid Savard