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Flames look to end slide on Friday vs. the Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

RED WINGS (3-3-0) at FLAMES (1-5-0)

TV: SN1, FS-D

Season series : The Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames each had one win against the other last year. Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg led all scorers with four points. Flames forward Mikael Backlund had three points.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit continues a three-game trip through Western Canada looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is considering switching up his defence, which has contributed one goal and six points this season. "We're not sure about the pairings yet," Blashill said, according to MLive.com. "I just think as a team we've got to be better and the D corps has got to be better. I just wanted to make sure they knew that." Detroit has averaged a league-low 22.7 shots per game and have been outshot by an average margin of 9.8 this season. "First off, to me, it goes beyond shots; it's the difference that was real worrisome to us," Blashill said. "If you're getting outshot on a consistent basis it's hard to win. I think zone time was real worrisome to us. If you're spending too much time in your end and not enough in their end it's tough to win."

Flames team scope: Goaltender Jonas Hiller will make his fourth start and fifth appearance for the Flames, who have lost four straight games and are winless on home ice. Hiller made 10 saves after relieving starter Karri Ramo midway through the Flames' 6-2 loss against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Ramo cleared waivers and was assigned to Stockton of the AHL on Thursday, leaving Calgary with Hiller and Joni Ortio. The Flames had been carrying three goaltenders since the start of the season. "We met a few days ago and we decided that everyone needs to play," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "Is it final our set up? I don't know. Obviously performances will dictate our decisions, but right now there are enough nets in Stockton and over here (in Calgary) to get everyone going. We'll go from there." The Flames recalled defenceman Jakub Nakladal, 27, from Stockton on Wednesday. Either he, or Ladislav Smid, will make their season debut Friday. Smid hasn't played since undergoing surgery in February on the herniated disc in his neck.

*Friday's game is Calgary's Hockey Fights Cancer Night

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