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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins 2/19/18 (60/82): Calgary’s Home Woes To Be Tested Against B’s

The Bruins are 10 games over .500 on the road, the Flames are 1 game under .500 at home.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins, 2 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

Where To Watch & Listen

Radio: Sportsnet 960

Who’s ready for some Monday afternoon hockey!? The Flames will play game two of a brief home stand at 2pm this afternoon as the Boston Bruins come to town. The Flames have lost 2 of their last 3, one those thanks to the Bruins 5-2.

The Flames troubles at home continue to haunt them as their loss to the Florida Panthers set their home record at 13-14-3. That loss, combined with an Anaheim win moved the Flames out of a Wild Card spot and into 9th place. All is not lost however, as Calgary is only 1 point behind the Ducks and after the loss and they hit the road for two games after Monday’s tilt with the Bruins.

The Bruins play well at home and on the road. After a rough start to the season, Boston has been tough to beat lately. The Bruins are 12-3-0 in their last 15 and have come roaring back to get within 3 points of first place Tampa Bay. As the Flames struggle at home, Boston’s road record is the exact opposite. Despite a rough start to a western Canadian road trip, the B’s are 16-6-4 away from TD Garden.

This the only regular season visit the Bruins will make to Calgary and they’ve been fairly successful at the Saddledome. Boston is 3-2-0 in their last 5 visits and they’ve already defeated the Flames once this season, 5-2, back on February 13th.

How They Match Up

Calgary Flames Stats Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames Stats Boston Bruins
30-21-8 Record 35-13-8
68 Points 78
4th Pacific Division 2nd Atlantic
9th West Conference 2nd East
2-3-0 Last 5 3-2-0
166 Goals For 186
168 Goals Against 139
Monahan (27) Goals Bergeron (27)
Gaudreau (68) Points Marchand (54)
Backlund (66) PIM Miller (56)
Smith (.921) Save% Rask (.921)
17.7 (24th) PP% 21.0 (11th)
79.4 (20th) PK% 84.2 (2nd)
0-1-0 2017-18 VS 1-0-0
37-59-10 Overall VS 59-37-10

Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)

Player Record GAA Save%
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Rittich (E) 6-3-2 2.76 .913
Bruins: Rask (E) 23-10-4 2.20 .921

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Boston Bruins Coverage: Stanley Cup Of Chowder

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Florida Panthers 6

The Flames welcomed their fans back to the Saddledome after a 6 game road trip with a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Florida Panthers. David Rittich was shelled for the first time this season and didn’t finish the game, giving up 4 goals on 15 shots. The bright side for the Flames was Dougie Hamilton’s hat trick, 2 of those goals coming on the PP. Here’s our recap and the highlights from

Boston Bruins 1 Vancouver Canucks 6

Tuukka Rask had his first real bad game in almost a month as Boston opened up a 5 game road trip with a 6-1 loss to the lowly Vancouver Canucks. Rask gave up 4 goals on 8 shots as former Bruin Loui Ericksson put 2 in the net to pace the Canucks. Stanley Cup Of Chowder has the recap and provides the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Dougie Hamilton (D). Hamilton has been the spark that has ignited the Flames PP as of late. He had a hat trick against the Panthers with two of his goals coming on the PP. He had 3 goals last week with the man advantage and he put 6 SOG in the last meeting with the Bruins. His 34 points puts him 4th on the Flames.

Boston Bruins

NHL: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Patrice Bergeron (C). Bergeron is one of the league’s best 2 way centre. In the Bruins 5-2 defeat of the Flames last week he had 2 goals, including the game winner that saw the Bruins score 2 unanswered to put the Flames away. Bergeron has 7 points in his last 5 games with 2 of those coming on the PP.