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Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins 3/15/17 (70/82)

The Flames welcome the Boston Bruins to town as Calgary tries to break a franchise record.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

Ten games. No big deal. Calgary tied a franchise record with their 10th straight victory with their 4-3 (SO) win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night and can break the record tonight if they take down the Bruins. More important than breaking records is the Flames current assault on the Western Conference standings. Calgary has vaulted from 8th place all the way to 4th, but they still have some key conference match ups in the coming weeks. There isn’t a team hotter in the NHL right now as the Flames have won 10 straight and are 15-2-1 in their last 18. Just as Chad Johnson did back in November/December, Brian Elliott has saved the Flames season and in effect, put the team on his back. Elliott’s early season struggles are a thing of the past as he finds himself with a 12-1-1 record in his last 14 starts.

The Bruins found themselves without a head coach back on February 7th. All they’ve done since dumping Claude Julien is go 11-3-0 and re-position themselves into the 7th spot in the East, but the Islanders and Lightning aren’t far behind. The Bruins visit to Calgary is the second of 3 games in western Canada and they’ve had success at the Saddledome. Overall the Bruins are 24-22-4 when visiting the Flames and are an even 2-2-0 in their last 4 trips. The idea of playing out of conference doesn’t seen to affect the Bruins either as they have won 5 of their last 7 against teams from the Western Conference.

These two last met on November 25th with the Flames winning in Boston 2-1. A win tonight would mean the Flames would take the regular season series, something they last did in 2015.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Boston Bruins
39-26-4 Record 37-26-6
82 Points 80
2nd Pacific Division 3rd Atlantic
4th West Conference 7th East
5-0-0 Last 5 4-1-0
187 Goals For 194
183 Goals Against 177
Monahan (22) Goals Marchand (35)
Gaudreau (49) Points Marchand (74)
Tkachuk (94) PIM McQuaid (62)
Johnson (.913) Save % Rask (.914)
20.2 (13th) PP % 20.5 (11th)
80.8 (15th) PK % 86.2 (1st)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 21-13-3 2.51 .910
Bruins: Khudobin (E) 4-5-1 2.76 .895

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (SO)

This was some kind of hockey game. Calgary tied the 1978-79 Atlanta Flames franchise record for wins in a row with 10, after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shoot out 4-3. Brian Elliott made some big time, game saving stops in the 3rd and OT and Kris Versteeg got the only goal in the shoot out to get the Flames the win. Here’s our recap, highlights and Versteeg’s post game thoughts.

Boston Bruins 6 Vancouver Canucks 3

The Bruins opened up their 3 Pacific Division road trip with a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night. Tuukka Rask stopped 36 of 29 shots and Brad Marchand had hat trick to pace the Bruins. Here are the the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Gaudreau (F). Gaudreau had a goal in the Flames win over Pittsburgh, which gave him 6 points in his last 5 games. Gaudreau is really starting to getting going lately and if the Flames want to make the playoffs, he’s the guy that needs to make things happen. Gaudreau has 10 assists over his last 10 games.

Boston Bruins

NHL: Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Marchand (F). Marchand’s hat trick on Monday was just the tip of the iceberg. The Halifax product has 6 goals in his last 5 games and scored goals in 4 consecutive games from 2/23-3/2. Marchand leads the NHL in goals with 35.