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Preview: Flames @ Jets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (1-2-0) at JETS (3-1-0)


Season series: The Calgary Flames won two of three games against the Winnipeg Jets in 2014-15. Forward Mason Raymond led Calgary with two goals and two assists, and goaltender Jonas Hiller allowed three goals in the two victories. Forward Blake Wheeler led the Jets with three points (one goal).

Flames team scope: Forward Lance Bouma broke his fibula in a 4-3 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. The Flames recalled forward Markus Granlund from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to replace him on the roster, though Josh Jooris is expected to replace Bouma in the lineup against Winnipeg. "We've only played three games and Josh Jooris has missed two," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website Thursday. "Here it's a question of respect. Jooris, on the depth chart today, is higher than Granny. We're giving the chance to Josh to step back in the lineup. It's the right thing to do and it's the only thing to do." Granlund, 22, had eight goals and 18 points in 48 games with the Flames last season. Hartley announced Wednesday that goaltender Karri Ramo will start. The Flames begin a three-game homestand Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Jets team scope: After a season-opening 3-1-0 road trip, the Jets return to MTS Centre to begin a six-game homestand. Coach Paul Maurice has alternated his goaltenders so far this season, and Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start. The Jets practiced Thursday after not skating on Wednesday. Defenceman Ben Chiarot did not practice Thursday, and Maurice said that he is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, according to the Jets website. The Jets have been shorthanded 17 times, third in the NHL; last season they led the League with 308 times shorthanded. "I'm surprised at the number [of penalties], to be honest with you," Maurice said. Of the players who have played each of the first four games this season, only defenceman Toby Enstrom does not have a least one point.

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