THE FLAMES FINALE AT THE JOE
Tonight's battle between the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings will be the 63rd and final meeting between the two clubs at the Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings are slated to move to the Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season, a new multi-purpose complex in downtown Detroit that will seat 20,000 for hockey games. The Flames have a 21-30-8-3 record at the Joe Louis Arena and have two three-game winning streaks in Detroit (Jan. 18, 1984 - Jan. 18, 1986, Mar. 12, 2009 - Mar. 9, 2010). Jarome Iginla is the Flames' franchise leader in goals (11), assists (18), and points (29) in Detroit. Miikka Kiprusoff is Calgary's franchise leader in wins at the Joe Louis Arena with seven.
FACING THE RED WINGS
Last year, the Flames split their two-game season series with Detroit, picking up their 3-2 overtime win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 23, 2015. Mark Giordano played the hero that night, scoring at 3:21 in the extra frame. Giordano also led the Flames in scoring against the Red Wings last year with two goals and four points.
In their last 10 trips to the Joe Louis Arena, the Flames are 5-3-2 and have alternated wins with the Red Wings in their last seven skates in Detroit.
Tonight's game is the first of six in nine nights. It's Calgary's longest road trip of the year, featuring stops in Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. The Flames are 4-4-1 on the road this season.
In Friday's 3-2 setback to the Chicago Blackhawks, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett both recorded a goal and an assist. It was Monhan's first multi-point game of the season and the 29th multi-point outing of his young career. It was Bennett's third multi-point effort this season.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mikael Backlund needs 1 game for 400.
Dennis Wideman needs 4 goals for 100.
Dougie Hamilton needs 4 assists for 100.
Tonight's game is set for a 5:30 PM MT start with Sportsnet (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) carrying the broadcasts. @NHLFlames will be live-tweeting the game and providing exclusive content from Detroit throughout the day.