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Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens Preview 3/20/2016

The Flames start a 3 game road trip with a visit to Montreal to take on the Canadiens.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens, 7 PM ET, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames start a 3 game road swing with a trip to the Bell Centre to take on the Montreal Canadiens. The Flames come into this contest as winners of 3 of their last 5 games. The Canadiens on the other hand have dropped 3 of their last 4. The Flames and Canadiens last played back on October 30th with Montreal dominating the Flames 6-2. The Flames and Canadiens have have some epic battles over the years, but Calgary hasn't fared well in the overall series or when they visit Montreal. Overall the Flames  have a 42-64-15 record in total and are 17-33-8 at Montreal's home rink. Recently acquired Niklas Backstrom will get his first start in net for the Flames tonight. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Montreal Canadiens
30-35-6 Record 33-33-6
66 Points 72
5th Pacific Division 6th Atlantic
10th West (tie) Conference 11th East
4-6 Last 10 Games 3-7
194 Goals For 186
219 Goals Against 202
Gaudreau (26) Goals Galchenyuk (26)
Gaudreau (70) Points Pacioretty (53)
Ramo (.909) SV % Price (.934)
28th (15.8%) PP 24th (16.8%)
30th (74.4%) PK 7th (83.8%)

The Flames last played on Friday night and dropped a shoot out decision to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. Lance Bouma had a multiple point night and Freddie Hamilton found the back of the net for one of Calgary's 3 goals. Joni Ortio stopped 25 of 28 shots in the loss. Here's the highlights:

The Canadiens last played on Saturday night and lost to the Ottawa Senators 5-0. The Senators pummeled the Canadiens to the tune of 44 shots. Ben Scrivens did his best, stopping 39 of the 44, but it wasn't enough as Montreal couldn't find the back of the net. 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 Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sam Bennett Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Garnet Hathaway
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano
TJ Brodie Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Jyrki Jokipakka
Jonas Hiller Niklas Backstrom (s)

Scratches:  Deryk Engelland (who will be with his wife as she gives birth to their second child - congrats!), Freddie Hamilton

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Pacioretty

Alex Galchenyuk

Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron Tomas Plekanec Lars Eller
Jacob De La Rose Michael McCarron Lucas Lessio
Torrey Mitchell Phillip Danault Mike Brown
Left Defense Right Defense
Andrei Markov Nathan Beaulieu
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley Darren Dietz
Mike Condon (s) Ben Scrivens


Injuries: Daniel CarrCarey PriceTom GilbertBrian FlynnDavid DesharnaisJeff PetryP.K. SubbanBrendan GallagherMark Barberio