BRUINS (13-8-2) at FLAMES (9-14-2)
TV: NESN, SNF (7:00 PM MT)
Season series: The Calgary Flames defeated the Boston Bruins twice last season by 4-3 scores, once in overtime, once in a shootout. Defenceman TJ Brodie scored at 4:58 of OT in Calgary on Feb. 16 to complete a rally from a three-goal deficit, and the Flames prevailed in the eighth round of the tiebreaker at Boston on March 5. Forward Jiri Hudler had three goals in the two games for the Flames; forward Brad Marchand scored in each game for the Bruins.
Bruins team scope: Boston had a full practice with 13 forwards and eight defencemen skating Thursday. Coach Claude Julien took the opportunity to switch up a few of his forward lines. Brett Connolly was with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, and Frank Vatrano moved to a line with Jimmy Hayes and Ryan Spooner. Vatrano is a former invite to Flames development camp but told CSN New England there was no extra motivation for him in facing Calgary. The Bruins had a five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in the opener of a three-game Western Canada trip, losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Edmonton Oilers. "Yesterday is yesterday and today is today," Julien said. "You've got to think about what's ahead of you. I don't feel like talking about yesterday."
Flames team scope: Goalie Karri Ramo and forwards Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik returned to practice Thursday after taking maintenance days Wednesday. Ramo will start. "On any given night goalies will have to step up and give you some big saves. That's what Ramo did in the third period (Tuesday) against Dallas," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. Defenceman Dougie Hamilton, acquired from the Bruins in a draft-day trade in June, faces his former team for the first time. "There were a lot of guys I played with a lot of years and looked up to and had friendships with," he told the Flames website. "It's going to be fun to be on the other side of them. I've never experienced something like this before." Hamilton scored as part of a third-period rally as Calgary opened a five-game homestand and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win against the Stars.