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Preview: Flames @ Senators

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (2-7-0) at SENATORS (3-3-2)

TV: TVA Sports, SN1

Season series: The Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators split two games in 2014-15, each winning at home. Defenceman Erik Karlsson scored to lead the Senators to victory in a six-round shootout in the most recent game on March 8. Defenceman Kris Russell led the Flames with two goals. Forward Milan Michalek led the Senators with a goal and an assist.

Flames team scope: Calgary canceled practice Tuesday after a 4-0 defeat against the New York Islanders on Monday. It has been outscored 8-1 in losses to the New York Rangers and Islanders to begin a three-game road trip. The Flames have scored 16 times in nine games. Only the Carolina Hurricanes (14), Pittsburgh Penguins (13) and Anaheim Ducks (six) have scored fewer goals, but those three clubs have played one less game. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 40 goals against in nine games have surrendered more goals than Calgary's 35 goals against. The Flames also rank 27th in save percentage at .875. "We have played good parts of games, but this League is too good to pick and choose when you're going to be good," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website after the loss Monday in Brooklyn.

Senators team scope: Forward Curtis Lazar did not practice Tuesday. He sustained an upper-body injury on a hit by Arizona Coyotes defenceman Zbynek Michalek last Saturday. Forward Matt Puempel was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League and is expected to play. Forward Mike Hoffman, who missed the game Saturday with a lower-body injury, left practice early, as did Michalek, who was hit by a shot. "Everything appears to be fine [with Michalek], but depending on the swelling his status will be re-evaluated in the morning," assistant coach Rick Wamsley told the Senators website. If Michalek can't play another forward could be summoned from Binghamton. Wamsley confirmed goalie Craig Anderson will start against the Flames. The Senators have lost four in a row (0-2-2) and were tied entering the third period in each of the past three games. "We don't like our results and the way we lost our last two games," Wamsley said.

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