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Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues Preview 3/14/2016

The Flames will wrap up their season series with the Blues tonight by trying to put one in the win column against St. Louis.

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St. Louis Blues @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, Fox Sports Midwest
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Blues make their 2nd trip to the Saddledome to take on the Flames Monday night. The Blues own a 2-0 record against the Flames this season and beat Calgary 4-3 in their only other trip to Alberta back on October 13th. The Flames own a career 44-37-5 record against the Blues at the Saddledome, but it's been tough sledding this decade. The Blues have a 7-5 record against Calgary in the Flames building since the year 2010 with the Flames giving up almost 3 goals per game (2.7) while averaging 1.9 goals for. The Blues come in with 91 points, in good playoff position and they've won 6 in a row and scored 26 goals over that stretch. And while they have owned the Flames this season, it's been close. Both games have been decided by one goal (4-3 and 3-2). While the Blues are streaking towards the post season, the Flames are playing up and down hockey having gone 2-4 over their last 6. During that stretch the Flames have lost by 2 goals or less 4 times. A couple of bounces here or there and that streak has a different look to it. The injury bug has really taken it's toll on the Flames and it looks like they might be without the services of TJ Brodie and Sam Benentt on Monday night. Hard luck starter Joni Ortio will get the start again tonight for the Flames. Here's how the teams match up:

Calgary Flames St. Louis Blues
28-35-5 Record 41-20-9
61 Points 91
6th Pacific Division 1st Central
10th West (tie) Conference 1st (tie)
2-8 Last 10 Games 7-3
180 Goals For 178
211 Goals Against 168
Gaudreau (26) Goals Tarasenko (33)
Gaudreau (66) Points Tarasenko (61)
Ramo (.909) SV % Elliot (.929)
29th (15.5%) PP 9th (21.6%)
30th (74.2%) PK 2nd (85.9%)

The Flames last played on Saturday night and lost to the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Mikael Backlund scored the Flames only goal and Joni Ortio kept them in the game until late in the third. The Flames were locked in another 2-1 battle, but Ortio aggressively came out to make a save and the rebound rolled towards the crease where Brad Richardson put in his 8th of the season. Ortio did make 22 saves, but it wasn't good enough. Here's the highlights:

St. Louis won their 6th straight on Saturday by besting the Dallas Stars 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko led the Blues with 2 points each. Jake Allen stopped 34 of 38 shots to earn his 24th win on the season. Here's the highlights:

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Ken Agostino Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Josh Jooris Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Garnet Hathaway
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Jyrki Jokipakka
Jakub Nakladal Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Joni Ortio (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches:  None

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, TJ Brodie, Sam Benentt

St. Louis Blues Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jaden Schwartz

Jori Lehtera

Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri Paul Stastny Troy Brouwer
Patrik Berglund David Backes Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall Kyle Brodziak Ryan Reaves
Left Defense Right Defense
Jay Bouwmeester Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson Colton Parayko
Goalies
Jake Allen (s) Anders Nilsson

Scratches:

Injuries: Steve Ott, Alex Steen, Brian Elliott