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Flames finish six-game trip against Jets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


FLAMES (3-3-0) at JETS (1-3-0)

TV: CITY

Season series: The Winnipeg Jets won two of three from the Calgary Flames in 2013-14, with the road team coming out on top each time. Dustin Byfuglien, Michael Frolik and Bryan Little each scored twice to lead the Jets. Lance Bouma and Jiri Hudler each scored twice for the Flames.

Flames team scope: This is the finale of a six-game road trip for Calgary, which has won three of five to this point. "We can make this a really great road trip if we finish it off with a win," said goalie Jonas Hiller, who will start Sunday. "We have to come out of the gate better than the last few games." Hiller made 49 saves in his previous start Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks in a 2-1 overtime victory, his first win with the Flames. They were outshot 18-2 in the first period that night and gave up the first three goals Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rookie Josh Jooris had a goal against Columbus in his NHL debut but sustained an upper-body injury in the game and is questionable for Sunday. Jooris took the place of rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau. "It gave me a different perspective," Gaudreau, 21, said of watching from the press box as a healthy scratch.

Jets team scope: Fans at MTS Centre are still waiting to see their first goal of the regular season after Winnipeg was shut out 2-0 by the Nashville Predators in its home opener Friday. In fact, the Jets have one goal in their past three games (all losses) after starting the season with a 6-2 rout of the Arizona Coyotes. They changed up the lines at practice Saturday, with Byfuglien joining the tandem of Little and captain Andrew Ladd. Rookie Adam Lowry was shifted from the wing back to center on a line with Frolik and TJ Galiardi. "Just keep it simple," Byfuglien said of his role on the new line. "Make Bryan crack a smile. Andrew might have to shave his head or something. Just got to have fun. We just got to stick with each other and continue to go. Sooner or later it's going to happen."

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