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Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators Preview 2/27/2016

The Flames welcome old friend Dion Phaneuf and the Senators to Calgary tonight for the final game of their 2 game series this season.

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Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames, 10 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: CBC
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Dion Phaneuf heads back to Calgary tonight, this time with his new team the Ottawa Senators. This is the second and final meeting of the two teams this season with Ottawa winning the previous contest 5-4 in a shootout. Ottawa has won 4 of their last 5 games and are at .500 for the month so far. The Flames come into this contest losers of 6 out of their last 7, but have gotten great goaltending from Joni Orito as of late. Ottawa needs wins as they sit 4 points out of a Wild Card spot, while the Flames are 12 back from an improbable playoff birth. The Flames hold the all time series lead with a 17-15-4 record against the Sens and hold a commanding 12-5-1 record at home where they average 3.4 goals a game. Calgary will need their starting goalie to play at his best tonight with Ottawa points leader Erik Karlsson (65 points) in town. Calgary spread the love around in the last meeting between these two getting points from 10 different players and it'll take another effort like that tonight to get a W. Here's how the teams match up:

Calgary Flames Ottawa Senators
26-30-4 Record 29-27-6
55 Points 64
6th Pacific Division 5th Atlantic
11th West Conference 11th East
4-6 Last 10 Games 6-4
160 Goals For 173
182 Goals Against 188
Gaudreau (22) Goals Hoffman (25)
Gaudreau (59) Points Karlsson (65)
Ramo (.909) SV % Anderson (.917)
29th (15.8%) PP 19th (17.7)
30th (73.4%) PK 29th (74.6)

Calgary took the ice on Thursday night and dropped a heart breaker to the Islanders 2-1 in OT. The Flames came out strong throwing the body around and peppering Jaroslav Halak with 32 shots, but could only get one past him. The Flames once again left Joni Ortio out to dry as he stopped 32 of 34 shots, but they couldn't get enough offense going to get the win. Here's the highlights:

Ottawa last played on Thursday night as well and lost to the Canucks 5-3 snapping a 4 game win streak. Dion Phaneuf had two helpers in the loss and Craig Anderson stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced. Here are the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sam Bennett David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Lance Bouma
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio

Scratches: Josh JoorisDennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Kris RussellKarri RamoLadislav Smid

Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mike Hoffman Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alex Chiasson
Nick Paul Curtis Lazar Chris Neil
Left Defense Right Defense
Marc Methot Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Chris Wideman
Goalies
Craig Anderson (s) Andrew Hammond

Scratches: None

Injuries: David Dziurzynski, Chris PhillipsClarke MacArthur