FLAMES (24-24-3) VS. SENATORS (26-15-5)
BROADCAST: 5:30 PM MT; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: Thursday's contest is the second and final meeting between the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators this season. The Flames took the opening match-up by a score of 5-2 on Oct. 28 in Calgary. Dougie Hamilton scored two goals and three points, Johnny Gaudreau registered two assists and Brian Elliott made 31 saves in that victory.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are looking to snap out of their losing skid, which has seen them drop their last four games and be outscored 20-7 in that span. "You've just got to man up. We play well, one bad thing happens and we crumple. We crumple. Everyone talks about our starts … our starts have been good. One little shot, it goes in, we crumple. We just crumple," head coach Glen Gulutzan said after Tuesday's 5-1 loss in Montreal. "We have no resolve to stay with it. We've got to look internally here at ourselves. Everybody. Everybody in the organization. And figure out how we're going to pull ourselves out because the league doesn't feel sorry for you."
SENATORS' TEAM SCOPE: With 57 points on the year, the Senators are sitting second in the Atlantic Division with a three point lead over the third-place Boston Bruins. They are coming off of a 3-0 victory over Washington, which snapped the Capitals 14-game point streak. Chris Kelly, Bobby Ryan and Zach Smith scored and Mike Condon made 31 saves in the shutout victory. On Tuesday, Ottawa acquired forward Tommy Wingels from the San Jose Sharks and he could make his Senators debut on Thursday evening. Wingels has five goals and eight points in 37 games this season.