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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks 3/23/19 (75/82): Flames looking to close out series against Canucks strong

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It’s the last of five games on the season, let’s end this on a high note.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks, 8 PM MT, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

TV: CBC, SN, SN360 - Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 46-21-7 (99 pts) - Ottawa Senators 32-32-10 (74 pts)

NHL Standings

And we’re back! After a decisive 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at home on Thursday, the Flames are on the road again to visit the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames are riding high right now, having picked up wins in four of their last five games, clinched their playoff spot earlier this week, and continue to pull away with the division. They’re four points up on San Jose, and their magic number to clinch the first position in the West is at an extremely manageable 5.5. They’re picking up some steam and playing some good hockey, of late, with their offense clicking again (they’ve scored four or more goals in four of their last five games, and totaled 24 over that span), pulling themselves well out of that slump of just a few weeks ago. They’re getting going again, just in time to coast into the playoffs.

On the flip side, the Canucks aren’t in quite as comfortable of a position. With eight games left, they’re sitting at 74 points, just four points back of the last wildcard spot. And that sounds pretty doable, right? Except for the fact that there are also four teams between them and that wildcard spot. They’re also 4-1 in their last five games, so they’re doing everything they can to keep themselves in position to make a push, but their window’s closing a bit. Desperate times, and all that.

This will be the last of five regular season meetings between these two teams this season. The Canucks have given the Flames a bit of trouble so far, with the Flames finding themselves 1-1-2 against Vancouver this season. These teams last met on February 9, where the Flames collected a 4-3 shootout loss in Vancouver, and hopefully they can do better this time around, yeah?

Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)

Flames: Rittich (E)- 26-7-5, 2.63 GAA, .911 Save%

Canucks: Markstrom (E)- 27-20-9, 2.73 GAA, .913 Save%

Team Leaders

Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (35), Points- Gaudreau (92), PIM- Bennett (91), Save%- Rittich (.911)

Canucks: Goals- T-1- Horvat and Pettersson (27), Points- Pettersson (63), PIM- Roussel (118), Save%- Markstrom (.913)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Vancouver Canucks Coverage: Nucks Misconduct

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 5 - Ottawa Senators 1

Vancouver Canucks 7 - Ottawa Senators 4

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Tkachuk (LW): 34G - 42A, 9 points in last 5 games

Vancouver Canucks

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Dom Gagne-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Horvat (C): 27G - 30A, 8 points in last 5 games