BLUE JACKETS (32-35-4) at FLAMES (39-27-5)
TV: FS-O, SNW
Season series: Matt Calvert scored the game-winner midway through the second period and had an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 17 in their only game.
Blue Jackets team scope: Columbus will attempt to sweep a three-game trip through Western Canada for the first time. Though the Blue Jackets trail the Boston Bruins by 15 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, they have shown they intend to fight to the finish. They rallied for a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday. "It says a lot about our group," coach Todd Richards said. "Down 2-0 the way the game was going, having played last night and got in late, it could have been one of those games. It does show a lot of character." Columbus has won four of five games overall and five straight on the road, one shy of tying the Blue Jackets record.
Flames team scope: Calgary, which defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday, is one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings (83-82) for third place in the Pacific Division and one point behind the Canucks for second. Los Angeles and Vancouver each has a game in hand. In terms of a potential wild card, the Flames have one fewer point than the Winnipeg Jets, who are in the second wild card from the Western Conference, and two fewer than the Minnesota Wild, who are in the first wild card. "I've been telling them for basically the last three weeks -- recognize our situation," coach Bob Hartley said. "That's where we're at. Whether we play the Red Army, the Canadian Olympic team or the Columbus Blue Jackets, it's the same thing for us." Hartley is expected to use the same lineup he used against Philadelphia, and goaltender Karri Ramo will likely start his second straight game, ninth in the past 12.