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Preview: Flames vs. Canucks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CANUCKS (30-37-13) at FLAMES (33-40-7)


Season series: The Calgary Flames have won three of four games against the Vancouver Canucks. Forward Johnny Gaudreau and defenceman TJ Brodie each have five points in four games, and goalie Jonas Hiller is 3-0-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in three starts against the Canucks. Left wing Daniel Sedin has four points for Vancouver.

Canucks team scope: Vancouver had a season-high three-game winning streak end with a 6-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Goaltender Ryan Miller could start against the Flames on Thursday after Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves against the Oilers. The Canucks finish the regular season at home against the Oilers on Saturday. "It's our last two games of the season," Vancouver forward Bo Horvat told the Canucks website. "If you can't get up for that and you can't finish off strong when you only have two games left and give it your all, you shouldn't be here. We have to find a way to get those wins." Forwards Sven Baertschi (lower body), Chris Higgins (lower body), Linden Vey (upper body), Radim Vrbata (lower body, Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), and defencemen Luca Sbisa (upper body) and Alexander Edler (fractured tibia) are injured.

Flames team scope: Goaltender Joni Ortio will start his fourth consecutive game; he made 21 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. After qualifying last season, Calgary will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite several key players having career years. "It doesn't matter when you don't have team success," Gaudreau said. "Every guy in this locker room that is having a career year would much rather replace it to be in the playoffs and be playing for the Stanley Cup." Forward Lance Bouma left the game against the Kings in the third period because of an oblique injury and will not play again this season. Forward Michael Frolik (lower body) did not skate Wednesday and has missed the past four games. Goaltender Karri Ramo (torn ACL) and defencemen Dennis Wideman (triceps) and Ladislav Smid (upper body) are injured.

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