FLAMES (37-26-4) VS. JETS (30-32-6)
BROADCAST: 5:00 p.m.; Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: The Flames are 1-1-0 in the first two skates in their three-game season series with the Jets. Calgary opened this year's series with a commanding 6-2 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Dec. 10 but dropped a 2-0 decision in Winnipeg on Jan. 9. Prior to that loss in January, the Flames had won three straight and five of their last seven games against the Jets. In this year's series, Dougie Hamilton, Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk have three points against Winnipeg.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: With a 5-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Flames posted their eighth straight win - tying the longest winning streak since the franchise relocated to Calgary in 1980. "I'd say out of the eight, that was the most complete (game). And one of our better games all year," Mark Giordano said afterwards. "I thought we did a great job managing the puck. We didn't give up much … when we did, Moose was there, as he has been all during this streak." The win was Brian Elliott's 35th career shutout and his first with the Flames. The netminder is 11-1-1 in his last 13 starts with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage during that stretch. The Flames could be without two defencemen on Saturday as Hamilton (lower body) and Michael Stone (upper body) suffered injuries in Thursday's win. Rasmus Andersson, who leads all Stockton Heat defencemen in scoring, has been recalled and joined the team in Winnipeg.
JETS' TEAM SCOPE: With 66 points on the year, the Jets are five points out of the second Western Wildcard spot and 11 points out of a Central Division position. They are coming off of a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, a setback that saw goaltender Connor Hellebuyck allow five goals on 15 shots before Michael Hutchinson replaced him in net. Defenceman Toby Enstrom suffered a concussion in the loss after taking a hit from Tom Sestito. He is out indefinitely. "He's one guy that does a great job breaking the puck out," Blake Wheeler told WinnipegJets.com. "He's a nightmare for forecheckers. He seems to be able to slide by guys and move the puck into those big holes. He's going to be missed. He's a heck of a player for us." The Jets may also be without forward Chris Thorburn, who blocked a shot in Wednesday's loss and did not skate on Friday.