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Calgary Flames vs Carolina Hurricanes Preview 1/24/2016 (45/82)

The Flames head to the Tarheel State to take on the Hurricanes for the first time this season.

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Calgary Flames @ Carolina Hurricanes, 6 PM ET, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, FSCR, Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames continue their East Coast trek in Raleigh NC with a date with the Carolina Hurricanes. This is the first of two between these teams this season. Calgary comes into this contest 2-7 vs the East, but the 'Canes have dropped 3 of their last 5. The Flames are an abysmal 7-14 on the road, while the Hurricanes find themselves 11-12 at PNC Arena this season. The advantage appears to favor Carolina, but the Flames hope to ride the hot stick of Sam Bennett to their second straight win. The Flames have only won twice in Carolina since they left Hartford, but the good news for the Flames is Karri Ramo is a career 3-1 record against the Hurricanes. It's a case of good news/bad news for the Flames as Lance Bouma will return to the lineup, but Micheal Ferland will sit with an Upper Body Injury. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes
21-21-3 Record 21-20-8
45 Points 50
6th Pacific Division 6th Metropolitan
11th West (tie) Conference 8th East
4-6 Last 10 Games 5-5
121 Goals For 113
135 Goals Against 132
Gaudreau (20) Goals Skinner (17)
Gaudreau (46) Points Faulk (33)
Ramo (.910) SV % Ward (.905)
30th (14.9%) PP 25th  (16.8%)
30th (75.0%) PK 12th (81.2%)

Calgary last played on Thursday night and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Sam Bennett notched two goals in the contest upping his season total to 13. Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Frolik added goals as well and the Flames snapped a two game skid. Here's the highlights:

The Hurricanes last took to the ice on Friday night and lost to the NY Rangers 4-1. Eddie Lack gave up 4 goals on 32 shots and the Hurricanes were never really 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 David Jones
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Ladislav Smid Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches:  Mason Raymond, Deryk Engelland

Injuries: Micheal Ferland

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Kris Versteeg Eric Staal Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom Jordan Staal Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner Victor Rask Phil Di Giuseppe
Nathan Gerbe Jay McClement Riley Nash
Left Defense Right Defense
Ron Hainsey Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles Jaccob Slavin
Noah Hanifin Michal Jordan
Goalies
Eddie Lack(s) Daniel Altshuller

Scratches: None

Injuries: James Wisniewski, Cam Ward