FACING THE CANUCKS
Tonight's game will be the first meeting between the two divisional rivals this season. In 2016-17, the Flames went 2-1-2 against the Canucks, picking up both of their wins at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Michael Frolik led Calgary with three goals and six points in five games against Vancouver last year. Mikael Backlund trailed him with one goal and five points in five games. The Canucks were led by former Flame Markus Granlund in last year's season series, who posted two goals and three points in five skates.
Tonight's game is the second in as many nights for the Flames. They will have 10 back-to-back sets this season. Last year, they went 4-4-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. VANCOUVER
Johnny Gaudreau made his NHL debut against the Canucks on Apr. 13, 2014 and scored his first NHL goal in that outing.
Mark Giordano picked up his first NHL assist against Vancouver on Apr. 8, 2006.
Mikael Backlund's first career hat trick came against the Canucks on Apr. 7, 2016.
Sam Bennett's first NHL goal came in Game 3 of the 2015 Western Conference Quarter-Finals against the Canucks.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mark Giordano needs 1 goal for 100.
Mike Smith needs 2 wins for 200.
Mikael Backlund needs 4 goals for 100.
Troy Brouwer needs 9 games for 700.
The Flames only have one skater on the shelf: Marek Hrivik has missed the first five games of the season with an upper body injury. On the Canucks side, Alex Edler is day-to-day with a lower body injury while Brendan Gaunce is expected to return in early-to-mid November from a shoulder injury.
Tonight's game will on Sportsnet One (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 8:00 p.m. MT.