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PREVIEW - FLAMES at BLUES

The Flames face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at 5 p.m. MTN

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (41-29-4) @ BLUES (40-28-5)

BROADCAST: 5 P.M. MT; City (TV), Sportsnet960 The Fan (radio)

SEASON SERIES: This is the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The Flames skated to a 4-1 victory in St. Louis on Oct. 25. Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland, Sam Bennet and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary while Brian Elliott made 23 saves between the pipes. The Blues won 6-4 at the Scotiabank Saddledome three days earlier.

BLUES' TEAM SCOPE: St. Louis has been on quite a run heading into Saturday's tilt with the Flames, winning nine of their last 10 games. They are one point behind Calgary for the first Western Conference wildcard berth. Magnus Paajarvi scored twice for the Blues Thursday night in their latest victory, a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. When asked about their run for a playoff spot, goalie Jake Allen told NHL.com all they can do is just try and go out and win every game to make the post-season. "We'll figure out what happens after 82 [games] and go from there. We got a good thing going and hopefully we can keep it going. ... Once 82 is done April 9, we'll see where we are." Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in scoring with 34 goals and 65 points, 19 ahead of Jaden Schwartz (15g, 31a). Allen has been solid for the club this season, racking up 29 wins with a goals-against average of 2.44 and a .913 save percentage.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames come into St. Louis on a two-game losing streak, falling 4-2 to the Caps in Washington on Tuesday and 3-1 to the Predators in Music City Thursday. It is Calgary's first two-game losing streak since the end of January. They are still an impressive 17-5-1 in their last 24 games. Elliott will get the start in net against his old club while the team will welcome back rookie Matthew Tkachuk, who has sat out the last two tilts with a suspension. Tkachuk rejoins 3M linemates Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik, forming a formidable trio for the team. Calgary's powerplay has been the team's biggest concern of late, going 0-5 against the Preds and 0-12 in their last five games. Coach Glen Gulutzan said that has to change. "Our special teams have to be better. I think that if you look at both nights, the Washington and the Nashville game, special teams came into play in both games and I think we get that a little ironed out here we can bounce back."

 

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