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Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks Preview 2/6/2016 (50/82)

The Calgary Flames travel West to take on Vancouver in a pivotal Division match-up.

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Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks, 10 PM ET, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames take a short road trip to Vancouver to take on the Canucks for two VERY important points. While it seems odd to call game 50 a must win, it really is. Calgary dropped one to Columbus last night and are now tied for last with Edmonton and Winnipeg. Calgary is 5 points behind Vancouver who are 3 points out of the final playoff spot. A win tonight and the Flames still keep hope alive, a loss and it makes the uphill battle even more uphill. The Canucks come into this contest losers of 3 straight. Neither team is inspiring confidence in it's fan bases right now, but when the Flames and 'Nucks get together, it's always an entertaining game. These two haven't played since the first two games of the season where they split. Calgary won the second game 3-2 in OT and needs these two points badly. Here's how both teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
22-25-3 Record 20-19-12
47 Points 52
6th Pacific (tie) Division 5th Pacific
11th West (tie) Conference 10th West
3-7 Last 10 Games 4-6
130 Goals For 119
147 Goals Against 138
Gaudreau (21) Goals D. Sedin (21)
Gaudreau (49) Points D. Sedin (44)
Ramo (.911) SV % Markstrom (.923)
30th (14.4%) PP 25th  (17.1%)
29th (76.7%) PK 17th (80.2%)

The Flames dropped a tough one to the Blue Jackets Friday night 2-1. The Flames and their top line were flying in the 1st, but after that never could solve Columbus Blue Jackets backup goalie Joonis Korpisalo. William Karlsson accounted for both Columbus goals, while Jiri Hudler continued to play inspiring hockey and scored Calgary's lone goal. Here's the highlights:

Vancouver last skated Thursday night and lost to the aforementioned Blue Jackets 2-1 in a shoot out. Alexander Wennberg scored the game winner in the shoot out round. Ryan Miller stopped 28 of 29 shots in picking up the loss. Here's 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
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Lance Bouma Joe Colborne Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Ladislav Smid
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: none

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi Bo Horvat Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows Linden Vey Emerson Etem
Jared McCann Brandon Sutter Derek Dorsett
Left Defense Right Defense
Alexander Edler Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Alex Biega
Ben Hutton Luca Sbisa
Ryan Miller(s) Jacob Markstrom

Scratches: None

Injuries: Dan Hamhuis