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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings 3/3/17 (65/82)

The Flames will put their 5 game winning streak on the line as the struggling Detroit Red Wings visit the Saddledome Friday night.

Detroit Red Wings v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames come into Friday’s home game with a record of 10-2-1 in their last 13 and have won 5 straight as well. Calgary has gone from being on the outside looking in with regards to the playoffs to holding the first WC spot in the West. Who would have thought the Flames would be in this position after Calgary lost their 5th game in 7 tries back on January 24th? The Flames have been riding the hot hand of Brian Elliott, who hasn’t dropped a game in net since the opener of their 5 game road swing back when they lost to Vancouver 2-1 in OT. Elliott has been an unreal 8-1-1 in his last 10 and is routinely keeping the Flames in games where the offence is lacking.

The Wings are the exact opposite of Calgary right now. Detroit has only 5 wins in their last 16 outings and since starting 6-2-0, the Red Wings have had losing streaks of at least 4 games, five separate times. These are trying times for Red Wings fans as they see their team sitting in dead last in the Eastern Conference and looking at the playoffs from outside for the first time since 1990. Detroit recently appeared to succumb to the idea of the rebuild as the traded Thomas Vanek to the Panthers on Wednesday.

The last time these two teams met the Flames took down the Red Wings in Detroit by the score of 3-2. The Flames own a 47-33-6 career record against the Red Wings at the Saddledome, but haven’t been dominant against them there lately. Calgary is 3-2-0 in Detroit’s last 5 trips to Alberta.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Detroit Red Wings
34-26-4 Record 25-26-10
72 Points 60
4th Pacific Division 8th Atlantic
7th West Conference 16th East
5-0-0 Last 5 1-2-2
168 Goals For 146
176 Goals Against 180
Monahan (20) Goals Vanek (15)
Backlund (45) Points Zetterberg (48)
Tkachuk (94) PIM Ericsson (52)
Johnson (.913) Save % Howard (.934)
19.6 (14th) PP % 13.1 (30th)
80.0 (21st) PK% 81.3 (14th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 16-13-3 2.69 .901
Red Wings: Mrazek (E) 15-16-6 2.95 .903

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 LA Kings 1 (OT)

The Flames last hit the ice on Tuesday and earned a huge 2 points in a 2-1 OT win over the LA Kings. T.J. Brodie netted the game winner shortly after OT started and Brian Elliott stopped 28 of 29 shots to get his 16th win of the season. Here’s our recap, highlights and Brian Elliott’s post game thoughts.

Detroit Red Wings 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

The Red Wings were last in action on Tuesday where they got a 3-2 win in OT, as well, over the Vancouver Canucks. The win was Detroit’s 3rd in four games, a huge success for Detroit as they just finished a 5 game losing streak, Frans Nielsen scored his 12th ans 13th goals of the season in the contest to pace the Wings. Here’s the highlights.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Calgary Flames

Toronto Maple Leafs v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Hot: Micheal Ferland (F). Ferland has been a more than pleasant surprise for the Flames lately. The 24 year old Manitoba native has 4 goals in his last 5 games and has 8 points in his last 13.

Calgary Flames v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Not: Matt Stajan (C). Stajan has always been a target for his lack of offence and lately his game has been lacking. He only has 3 points on his last 23 games. His last goal came on February 3rd in a 4-3 OT win over the NJ Devils.

Detroit Red Wings

Washington Capitals v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Hot: Frans Nielsen (C). Nielsen netted two against the Canucks, which gave him his 4th points in his last 5 games. That point outburst snapped a 9 game pointless streak for the Demark product.

Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Not: Tomas Tatar (F) Tatar is having a down season as he has only 28 points so far. He’s coming off 45 and 56 point seasons and it doesn’t look like he’s going to come close to those previous totals. He’s mired in a skid where he has 9 points over 20 games. He did, however, score a goal in Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the Flames.