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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning 12/14/16 (32/82)

After what seems like an eternity, the Flames will try to extend their winning streak to 7 as they take on the Lightning at the Dome.

Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, SunS
Radio: Sportsnet 960

After what seems like an eternity, the Flames are back on the ice as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to town. The Flames are currently riding a 6 game winning streak and are 6-3-1 in their last 10. Calgary is only 1 point out of the top spot in the Pacific and 2 points out of second place in the West. The Flames have been riding the hot hand of Chad Johnson, as he’s won all 6 games during that current streak and Johnny Gaudreau has 8 points in 4 games since returning from a broken finger. Whether it be at home or on the road the Flames have had their struggles against the Lightning. Overall the Flames are 17-21-1 against the Lightning and are 9-10-0 against them when they visit the Dome.

The Lighting find themselves in the middle of the pack in the East and are sinking fast. After a modest 4 game winning streak in November the Lightning have been downright awful, going 2-7-1 in their last 10. Over that stretch Tampa Bay has given up 3 or more goals 7 times and only scored 3+ goals four times. What does Tampa have going for it? Well, they’re 3-2-0 in their 5 visits to Calgary, so there’s that. Both teams are well rested, having not played since Saturday, so there’s no room for complaints about travel or a long stretch of games.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Tampa Bay Lightning
16-13-2 Record 14-13-2
34 Points 30
4th Pacific Division 4th Atlantic
4th West Conference 6th East
4-0-1 Last 5 1-3-1
79 Goals For 79
85 Goals Against 80
Monahan (9) Goals Kucherov (13)
Gaudreau (19) Points Kucherov (30)
Johnson (.932) Save % Vasilevskiy (.925)
15.5 % (21st) PP % 22.3 % (7th)
78.8 % (25th) PK % 80.6 % (21st)

Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed) Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 13-4-1 1.98 .932
Lightning: Bishop (E) 8-10-1 2.86 .906

Calgary Flames 6 Winnipeg Jets 2

The Flames last took to the ice on Saturday and throttled the Winnipeg Jets 6-2. Dougie Hamilton scored twice and added an assist, Matthew Tkachuk added three helpers and Chad Johnson stopped 26 of 28 shots en route to the victory. Here’s our recap, the highlights and stats from the contest.

Flames stats vs Winnipeg Jets 12/10/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
6 35 28 15 18 35/72 15 12 2-4 3-4

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 4

The Lightning’s abysmal December continued on Saturday night as they dropped a close one to the Penguins, 4-3. Jonathan Drouin scored twice for the Lightning, but it wasn’t enough to propel them to victory. Raw Charge has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.

Players to Watch

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Calgary Flames : Dougie Hamilton (D). Want to get Dougie Hamilton moving? Mention his name in trade rumours. Since Hamilton was rumoured (and since squashed) to have been traded his game has taken off. Hamilton has 5 points in his last 5 games, including 4 goals and is a rock solid +7 so far this month. Hamilton’s 17 points ties him for second on the Flames and he’s the leading point producer on the blue line as well.

Florida Panthers v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning: Nikita Kucherov (F). The Russian born winger has really picked up the slack with Steven Stamkos being out. He leads the Lightning in points with 30, but where he’s really excelled is on the road. In 15 road games so far this season, Kucherov has 19 points. Of his 30 points, 10 (4G 6A) have come on the PP and this sets up a good match-up with Calgary’s stingy PK.