|Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta|
|TV: CBC, RSN|
|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|
|3rd Pacific||Division||4th Central|
|4th West||Conference||6th West|
|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|
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|
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: 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: 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.