Tonight's game is the first in a two-game season series between the Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets. They will wrap up their series on Mar. 29 when the Blue Jackets visit the Scotiabank Saddledome. Last year, the Flames went 1-1-0 against Columbus, picking up their victory at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 23, 2016. Kris Versteeg led Calgary in scoring against Columbus last year with two assists.
The Flames are 6-2-0 this month and have outscored their opponents 33-30 over that eight-game run - a marked difference from last year's run in November when they went 7-8-1. Johnny Gaudreau has led the way in scoring with seven goals and 16 points in November. Sean Monahan trails him with six goals and 12 points this month.
Gaudreau heads into tonight's game on a 10-game point streak, putting up eight goals and 19 points in that stretch. The winger leads the Flames in scoring with 31 points and is third in the NHL scoring race, trailing just Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos (35 points) and Nikita Kucherov (33 points). Gaudreau is also riding a five-game multi-point streak, becoming the first Flame to accomplish the feat since Jarome Iginla did so in the 2001-02 season. He has registered a point in all but three of the Flames games this season and has 10 multi-point games to his name this year. Gaudreau has assisted on 11 of Monahan's team-leading 12 goals this year as well.
CLOSING THINGS OUT
The Flames are 7-0-0 when leading after two periods this season, carrying over that trend from last year's run when they went 33-0-1 when leading after 40:00.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mikael Backlund needs 1 goal for 100.
Curtis Lazar needs 5 games for 200.
TJ Brodie needs 5 points for 200.
Matthew Tkachuk needs 5 games for 100.
Mark Giordano needs 7 games for 700.
Michael Frolik needs 11 assists for 200.
Jaromir Jagr needs 46 games to become the NHL's all-time leader in games played.
Tonight's game will be on Sportsnet 360 (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 5:00 p.m. MT. @NHLFlames will be posting behind-the-scenes content throughout the day and will be live-tweeting the game as well.