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Preview: Flames @ Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (15-15-2) at RED WINGS (16-9-7)

TV: SN, FS-D (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 23 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for Calgary. Ben Smith and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit; Jimmy Howard made 37 saves.

Flames team scope: Calgary is coming off its first loss in the month of December, 3-2 at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, which ended a season-high seven-game winning streak. The Flames spent the game playing catch-up after they allowed two goals in the first four minutes. "We know our starts have been costing us for a few years now and tonight it was like the same old movie again," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website after the game. The Flames scored twice in the third period to make it close, but were 0-for-4 on the power play. "We had a few good looks on our power play in the third period but we couldn't get that red light on," Hartley said. "But we fought back and we will try again [Sunday] night." Calgary finishes up a four-game road trip before playing four straight at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Red Wings team scope: Forward Henrik Zetterberg and defenceman Jonathan Ericsson could be out of the lineup as Detroit tries to rebound from a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Zetterberg left practice early on Saturday and Ericsson didn't practice at all. "We hope [Zetterberg] is good to go tomorrow but I don't know that for sure," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website. "We'll evaluate [Ericsson] tomorrow. An upper-body injury. Happened late in the third [period against Vancouver]. I didn't know about it until after the game. Right now it's day-to-day but it might change. When I was told this morning, it was day-to-day for now. I think those things change depending on how he reacts." Detroit will call up a forward and a defenseman from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League in time for the game. Blashill said that Jakub Kindl would play if Ericsson can't.

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