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5 THINGS - FLAMES @ RANGERS

Flames and Rangers do battle for the first time this season

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (28-18-8: 64 pts.) @ RANGERS (25-24-5: 55 pts.)

5:00 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet West | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Season series: 0-0-0-0

All-time regular-season record: 55-40-15-5

Flames road record: 15-5-5

Rangers home record: 17-10-3

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (64)

Goals - Sean Monahan (27)

Rangers:

Points - Mats Zuccarello (38)

Goals - Michael Grabner (21)

 

1. US

The Flames enter Friday's matchup for the second half of a back-to-back after beating the New Jersey Devils with a 3-2 road win Thursday night. Monahan scored his team-leading 26th and 27th goals of the season and Gaudreau added his 18th of the year to go along with one assist. David Rittich made 30 saves as Mike Smith got the night off … Monahan has five goals over a four-game goal streak … The Flames did not get a single powerplay opportunity.

 

2. THEM

The Rangers are on a four-game losing streak. The Blueshirts most recent loss was a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Bruins Wednesday night. Rick Nash opened the scoring with his 16th of the year five minutes into the first frame, but it was all Bruins after that. Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Ondrej Pavelec, who made 16 saves on 18 shots … The Rangers have been outscored 17-4 in their last four games.

 

3. US vs THEM

This is the first of two regular-season matchups between the Flames and Rangers. The Rangers took both games of last year's season series with a 4-1 win in Calgary in November and a 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden in February. Matthew Tkachuk (1G+1A) and Mikael Backlund (2A) led the Flames with two points apiece, all of which came in the February game. Michael Grabner (2G+1A) and J.T. Miller (3A) led the Rangers with three points in two games against the Flames ... The two teams will clash again on Friday, March 2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

This: The Flames are now 6-0-1 in seven road games in 2018 ... That: Gaudreau (3G+4A) and Monahan (5G+1A) have combined for 13 points in their last four games and have eight of the Flames 14 goals over that span … The Other: TJ Brodie has quietly put together a four-game point streak, with six assists over that span.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames: LW Johnny Gaudreau

With his tally against the Devils, Gaudreau has now scored in three straight games and has seven points (3G+4A) during a four-game point streak. He sits third in NHL scoring with 64 points, four back of league leader Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rangers: LW J.T. Miller

Although he was held off the scoresheet against the Bruins, Miller has six points (2G+4A) over his last five games. The 2011 first-round pick is currently second among all Rangers with 35 points, sits tied for second on the team with five powerplay goals and leads the Blueshirts with four game-winners. Miller was a force for the Rangers in last year's season series against the Flames with three assists in two games.

 

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