This is the first match-up of the season between the Hurricanes and Flames. These teams will see each other two times this season. The Flames and Hurricanes spilt last year's season series 1-1. This is the second time Calgary will play an Eastern Conference opponent this season.
Two new Flames got their name on the scoresheet for the first time this season in Saturday's win over the Canucks. Defenceman Travis Hamonic scored his first goal in the second period, while Jaromir Jagr also notched his first point as a Flame with an assist on Johnny Gaudreau 's marker.
Flames goaltender Mike Smith is one win away from 200 career victories. Smith has won four of his first six games in a Flames jersey, posting an impressive .929 SV% and a 2.59 GAA. Smith had 128 wins as a member of the Coyotes (2011/12 - 2016/17), 43 wins as a member of Tampa Bay (2007/08 - 2010/11), and 24 wins as a member of the Dallas Stars (2006/07 - 2007/08).
This is the Flames best start to a season since 2009-10, when the team went 4-1-0-1 in their first six contests. Sean Monahan and Gaudreau have been hot early, as Monahan leads the team in goals with three and Gaudreau leads the team in assists with seven. Smith has also been outstanding early with 196 saves on 211 shots and one shutout.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Mark Giordano is just the third defenceman in NHL history to score his 100th goal shorthanded. The other two: Borje Salming (Oct 21, 1980) and Kimmo Timonen (March 5, 2011).
- Jagr has notched more points against the Carolina Hurricanes (incl. Hartford) (121, 39G - 82A) over his career than any other team in the league. Jagr also enjoys his second highest points-per-game average (1.36) against the Hurricanes.
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Troy Brouwer - 693 games (7 away from 700)
Mikael Backlund - 96 goals (4 away from 100)
Michael Frolik - 187 assists (13 away from 200)
Smith - 199 wins (1 away from 200)
Jagr - 54 games to become the NHL's all-time leader in games played (1,768)
The Flames have none.
Lee Stempniak has missed four games with an upper-body injury, while Trevor van Riemsdyk has been out for three games with a concussion.