FLAMES (22-25-3) at CANUCKS (20-19-12)
TV: CBC, NHL.TV (8:00 PM)
Season series: The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks haven't played each other since splitting their first two games of the regular season. Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists in Vancouver's 5-1 win at Calgary on Oct. 7. Johnny Gaudreau's overtime goal gave Calgary a 3-2 victory at Rogers Arena three nights later.
Flames team scope: Goaltender Jonas Hiller could start after Karri Ramo made 16 saves in a 2-1 home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Jiri Hudler gave the Flames the lead 7:09 into the game, but they were unable to score again despite outshooting the Blue Jackets 31-18. "We have to create more, we have to score more goals. Bottom line. Two goals against is pretty good on most nights," captain Mark Giordano said. The Flames are one of six teams with 47 points, the fewest in the NHL. "We know our situation, and this is a real tough loss," coach Bob Hartley said. "This one hurts, but [Saturday] we have a chance to redeem ourselves."
Canucks team scope: Defenceman Dan Hamhuis is expected to play for the first time since he sustained facial fractures when he was hit in the jaw by a slap shot in a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Dec. 9. He has missed 21 games. "I feel like training camp is over again, and I'm excited to return [Saturday]," Hamhuis said in comments tweeted by the Canucks. Hamhuis, who skated with Luca Sbisa at practice Friday, will wear a modified helmet for extra protection. To make room on the roster, the Canucks placed defenceman Yannick Weber on waivers. Weber has no goals and five assists in 35 games this season and has been a healthy scratch in each of the past seven games after scoring 11 goals, five on the power play, in 65 games in 2014-15. He'll be sent to Utica of the American Hockey League if he clears waivers.