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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators 10/28/2016 (9/82)

The Flames will try for their third straight win as Ottawa rolls into town tonight.

Ottawa Senators v Calgary Flames Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames will go for their 3rd straight win tonight as the Ottawa Senators pay their annual visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames seem to have found their way in their last 2 games taking down the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. A large part of this resurgence has come from the goaltending spot as Brian Elliott has picked up both of the wins and significantly lowered his goals against average down to 3.37.

The Senators come into this contest having won their first game of a three game Western Conference swing, beating Vancouver 3-0. The Scotiabank Saddledome has not been kind to the Senators over the years. The Sens are 6-12-1 since coming back into the league when they visit the Stampede City, but Ottawa took both contests last season outscoring Calgary 11-8.

Neither team’s special teams are very “special.” Calgary seems to have found some luck on the PP as they’ve made the herculean leap from 30th at 4% to 26th in the league at a “robust” 12.1%. Ottawa has taken up the mantle of worst PP in the league as they sit in dead last at 6.7%. Their penalty kill isn’t much better and at the rate the Flames are starting to put the puck in the net, this could be another confidence builder for Calgary as they begin to steer this ship in the right direction. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Tale of The Tape
Calgary Flames
Ottawa Senators
3-4-1 Record 4-2-0
7 Points 8
6th Pacific Division 4th Atlantic
6th West Conference 5th East
N/A Last 10 N/A
24 Goals For 20
29 Goals Against 20
Brouwer (3) Goals Dzingel (4)
Brouwer (6) Points Karlsson (7)
Johnson (.901) Save % Anderson (.903)
12.1 % (26th) PP% 6.7 % (30th)
75.7 % (22nd) PK% 72.7 % (26th)

Calgary Flames 4 St. Louis Blues 1

The Flames last took to the ice and did the unthinkable: they won in St. Louis. Calgary had a 7 game skid snapped on Tuesday as they took down the Blues 4-1. Here’s our recap, highlights and stats from that game.

Flames Stats vs St. Louis Blues 10/25/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits FOW PIM Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
4 30 24 19 27/58 12 4 6 1/3 3/4

Ottawa Senators 3 Vancouver Canucks 0

The Senators last laced them up on Tuesday and shut down and shut out the Vancouver Canucks 3-0. Craig Anderson got the win stopping all 22 shots he faced and Ryan Dzingel put in his 3rd and 4th goals of the season to pace the Senators. Here’s the recap from Silver Seven Sens and the highlights.

Starting Goalies
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Brian Elliott (E) 2-3-0 3.37 .882
Senators: Andrew Hammond (E) 0-1-0 5.00 ,800

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett (C). There’s no player hotter on the Flames right now than young Sam Bennett. In his last 3 games he accumulated 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) and he’s put the puck on net 7 times over the span. Bennett started off slow with 0 points and only 2 SOG in the Flames first two games, but he’s really started to pick up the pace recently. In 2 career games against the Sens, he has 1 goal and 2 assists.

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

Ottawa Senators: Ryan Dzingel (C). Dzingel so far this season is a point a game player for the Sens: 6 games, 6 points. Not bad for the 24 year old, 2011 7th round pick. Dzingel only played in 30 games last season for Ottawa, where he pumped in 3 goals and added 6 assists, but he appears to be taking that next step this season, even if it is very early. Ryan trails Erik Karlsson for the team lead in points by only 1 point.