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Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning Preview 1/5/2016 (39/82)

The Flames open up a 3 game home stand tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames return home after their mini road trip (1 game) to battle the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flames have been very inconsistent since snapping their home win streak and they need to start winning to begin regaining some ground in the West. Tampa comes into this contest playing a similar brand of hockey so this should be a fairly even contest. The schedule makers set the Flames up for a much easier lot of games in 2016 as opposed to what they ended with, so taking advantage of that kindness would be key. Tampa took the first game of the 2 game series back in November with a 3-1 win. In injury news, the Flames will be without struggling forward Jiri Hudler. He is listed as "day to day" with a lower body injury. Here's how the Flames and Bolts match-up:

Calgary Flames Tampa Bay Lightning
18-18-2 Record 19-16-4
38 Points 42
5th Pacific Division 6th Atlantic
10th (tie) West Conference 8th (tie) East
6-4 Last 10 Games 5-5
100 Goals For 98
120 Goals Against 92
Gaudreau (17) Goals Stamkos (16)
Gaudreau (39) Points Kucherov (30)
Ramo (.910) SV % Bishop (.925)
30th (12.3%) PP 16th  (19.1%)
30th (74.5%) PK 19th (79.5%)

Calgary last took the ice Saturday night and earned a 4-0 shutout win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames never really let Colorado get settled and Karri Ramo handled everything that was sent his way. At times Colorado looked a little too concerned with getting Jarome Iginla his 600th goal and the Flames took full advantage of that mindset. Here's the highlights:

Tampa Bay last played on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild winning 3-2 in a shootout. That marked the end of a 6 game home stand for the Lightning. Tonight starts a 4 game Western swing for the warm weathered franchise. Here's the highlights from the Minnesota game:

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 Joe Colborne
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Mason Raymond
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund David Jones
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Ladislav Smid Dennis Wideman
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Brandon BolligDeryk Engelland,

Injuries: Michael Frolik, Jiri Hudler

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Valtteri Filppula
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
J.T. Brown Cedric Paquette Ryan Callahan
Vladislav Namestnikov Brian Boyle Jonathan Marchessault
Left Defense Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Matt Carle Braydon Coburn
Jason Garrison Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratches: None

Injuries: Mattias Ohlund, Joel Vermin