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Johnson to make fourth straight start

Chad Johnson will get the nod in net tonight in Detroit

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

DETROIT, MI -- For the fourth consecutive game, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan is turning to Chad Johnson in net.

"I thought (Johnson) was good and solid," Gulutzan said in regards to Friday's 3-2 setback to the Chicago Blackhawks. "You've got choices. Now, you've got a back-to-back with travel and everything so you have choices to go one way or another.

"We just thought (Johnson) has been playing well so we're going to keep him going."

In the loss to the Blackhawks, Johnson made 21 saves on 24 shots. Prior to that, he started both games of a back-to-back set against the Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes and made a combined 47 saves on 48 shots.

"The more you play, the more confident you're going to be," Johnson stated. "I think for myself - and for everybody - the more you play, the better you're going to feel. I've always been that way.

"Obviously, I've relished and done well in the other roles but I always feel more comfortable playing more.

"I'm just going to continue to do the same things and get better every day and try and help the team win."

Tonight's, Johnson will be facing the likes of Henrik Zetterberg, Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist and a highly-skilled Detroit squad who are itching to get back on the winning side after dropping six of their last eight games.

Putting aside the Red Wings 8-9-1 record and understanding how dangerous the club can be is at the front of Johnson's mind as he prepares for the Flames final game at the Joe Louis Arena.

"It's going to be a good test for us again. It's an experienced team, lots of skill, fast. They like a quick transition game.

"I think for us, it's just the same as always - manage the puck good and make sure we have a good F-3 there in the offensive zone, taking care of pucks, working together as a group. We want to put ourselves in a situation at the end where we have a chance to win."

In eight appearances this season, Johnson holds a 4-3-1 record with a 2.35 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He signed a one-year contract with the club as a free agent this past off-season.

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