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Preview: Flames vs. Blues

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BLUES (41-20-9) at FLAMES (28-35-5)


Season series: The St. Louis Blues will be looking for the season sweep after defeating the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Dec. 19 in St. Louis behind a goal and two assists from Vladimir Tarasenko and 36 saves from Brian Elliott; St. Louis won 4-3 in Calgary on Oct. 13 behind two goals from rookie defenceman Colton Parayko and a goal and assist from Troy Brouwer. Parayko has three goals in two games, Tarasenko has a goal and three assists and Jori Lehtera has a goal and assist. Mark Giordano has a goal and assist, and Dennis Wideman and Michael Frolik each have two assists in two games for the Flames.

Blues team scope: St. Louis is seeking its seventh straight victory. The Blues are 8-0-1 in their past nine games against Calgary, last losing in regulation on March 24, 2013. Goalie Jake Allen, who is 6-0-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .929 save percentage during the Blues' winning streak, will start. Center Paul Stastny has five points, including four assists, during a three-game point streak after a three-assist game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday; he has 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 45 games against the Flames. A win would put the Blues in sole possession of first place in the Central Division for the first time since Oct. 19. "This is something that we knew if we could just keep pace with [the Stars and Chicago Blackhawks] during the year ... we've just been doing a great job of staying with it," defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "We've had a lot of injuries ... we're hanging in there."

Flames team scope: Calgary is likely to be without defenceman TJ Brodie for a second straight game, and will be without forward Sam Bennett, because of upper-body injuries. Coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website that Bennett, who left in the second period of the Flames' 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators on March 9, is definitely out, and Brodie, who left in the third period against the Predators, is doubtful. Goalie Joni Ortio will start for the fifth straight game and sixth in the past seven. The Flames are 1-1-1 on a season-long six-game homestand that will conclude with games against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

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