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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets 12/10/16 (31/82)

The Flames are back home and will look for their 6th victory in a row as the Winnipeg Jets come to town.

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames are back home after a short 2 game road trip and welcome the Winnipeg Jets to the Dome for the 1st of 3 meetings between the two teams this season. Who would have though that when Johnny Gaudreau went down back on November 15 that would be the catalyst that got the Flames going? Since Gaudreau left the lineup the Flames went 8-3-1 and since he’s come back they are 3-0 and are outscoring their opponents 12-5. Calgary has climbed out of the basement in both the Pacific and the West and are currently siting pretty with 32 points. The Flames are on a 5 game winning streak that started back on November 30th and Chad Johnson is 7-1-1 in his last 9 starts. That’s the ridiculous brand of hockey the Flames have been playing lately.

On the other end of the spectrum are the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are 2-2-1 this month and brutal 5 game losing steak in the middle of November is part of the reason they sit at 6th in the West. One thing they have going for them is their 29 points is only 3 points behind the 4th place Flames in the conference. The Jets are lead by Patrik Laine and his 17 goals. The rookie out of Finland is one of many young players on the Jets roster that could lead them in the coming years. Since coming back to Winnipeg in 2012, the Jets are 4-6-0 when visiting the Flames in Calgary. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Winnipeg Jets
15-13-2 Record 13-14-3
32 Points 29
3rd Pacific Division 4th Central
4th West Conference 6th West
5-0-0 Last 5 1-3-1
73 Goals For 77
83 Goals Against 86
Monahan (8) Goals Laine (17)
Gaudreau (17) Points Scheifele (27)
Johnson (.932) Save % Hellebuyck (.910)
14.0 % (27th) PP % 15.0 % (23rd)
78.9 % (26th) PK % 78.9 % (25th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed) Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 12-4-1 1.98 .932
Jets:Hellebuyck (E) 10-9-1 2.67 .910

Calgary Flames 2 Arizona Coyotes 1 (OT)

The Flames last played on Thursday night and eeked out a 2-1 win in OT against the lowly Coyotes. Johnny Gaudreau fed Dougie Hamilton in OT for the game winner and Chad Johnson stopped 27 of 28 shots to back stop the Flames to the win. Here’s our recap, the highlights and the stats from the contest.

Flames Stats vs Coyotes 12/8/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
2 35 28 15 23 30/61 3 5 1/4 3/3

Winnipeg Jets 1 NY Rangers 2

The Winnipeg Jets lost 2-1 to the NY Rangers on Thursday night, dropping their second in a row. Mark Scheifele scored his 14th of the season and Michael Hutchinson stopped 22 in the loss. Here’s the highlights.

Players to Watch

Calgary Flames v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau (F). It sounds like a broken record, but Gaudreau has had a point (6 total) in all 3 games since he’s returned from injury. Gaudreau has 7 points in his last 5 against the Jets, including a hat trick last year in 4-1 Flames win.

Winnipeg Jets v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine (F): As hot as Johnny Gaudreau has been, Laine may be his equal. The #2 overall pick has 6 points in 5 games this month and plays very well on the road. Eight of his 25 points have come in the Jets’ 13 road games.