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Flames look to get back on track in New Jersey

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (32-24-4) at DEVILS (25-26-9)


Season series: Jiri Hudler scored the winner in a shootout, and Karri Ramo made 25 saves to help the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Saddledome on Nov. 22.

Flames team scope: Calgary has lost three in a row (0-2-1) and has fallen out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Flames began a seven-game Eastern Conference road trip with a 1-0 loss against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. When the Flames return home, they will have 16 regular-season games remaining. Forward Emile Poirier, chosen in the first round (No. 22) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Flames, made his NHL debut on a line with Markus Granlund and Michael Ferland and played 8:10. Poirier, who had 14 goals and 30 points in 42 games with the Adirondack Flames in the American Hockey League, was recalled Monday. Goalie Jonas Hiller is 6-4-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 11 games since the NHL All-Star break. Forward Johnny Gaudreau will play his first NHL game in New Jersey, where he played high school hockey.

Devils team scope: Backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid (leg injury) did not practice Tuesday and remains day-to-day, according to Defenceman Damon Severson (fractured left ankle) has been skating on his own for two weeks and is getting close to returning to practice, general manager Lou Lamoriello said. The Devils won their fourth straight, 3-0 against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, and are 11-2-3 in the past 16 games at Prudential Center. Goalie Cory Schneider will make his 52nd start of the season; he made 38 saves against the Coyotes for his third shutout of the season.

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