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Flames look for third straight win

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (3-2-0) at BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0)


Season series: The Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets split their two-game series last season with each team winning on the road. Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 49 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, is 4-0-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average in his past seven starts against Columbus. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA against Calgary.

Flames team scope: The Flames, playing the fifth of a six-game road trip, have won two straight despite allowing 36.6 shots per game and face a Blue Jackets team averaging 33 shots. Calgary will seek a better start after getting outshot 18-2 in the first period Wednesday and 50-18 for the game before Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime. Forward Josh Jooris, recalled Thursday from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, is expected to make his NHL debut, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Forward David Jones (lower body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 9.

Blue Jackets team scope: Coach Todd Richards is looking for a better effort off the Blue Jackets' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, their first of the season. "[The Stars] put us on our heels," Richards said Thursday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. "Maybe we were already on our heels a little bit, but they put us there. We were able to gather ourselves and turn it around in the second period, but … we can play a lot better, and our guys know that. Hopefully it will give us a real good focus for Friday." Forward Marko Dano (undisclosed) didn't skate Thursday and is day-to-day, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Dispatch. Defenceman Ryan Murray (knee) is visiting a doctor Friday and could play against the Flames if cleared. Richards said goalie Curtis McElhinney will make his season debut either Friday or against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

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