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Preview: Flames vs. Devils

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

DEVILS (10-6-1) at FLAMES (6-12-1)

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Season series: The Calgary Flames won each of their games last season against the New Jersey Devils. Trailing 4-2 with 3:33 remaining in the third period on Nov. 22, 2014, the Flames got goals from Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross (with five seconds left) before Hudler scored the clincher in the shootout for a 5-4 win. Sean Monahan's power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period led Calgary to a 3-1 victory on Feb. 25.

Devils team scope: New Jersey begins a three-game trip through Western Canada off a 4-0 win Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils are 10-3-0 since starting the season 0-3-1. "It's been fun, for sure," forward Mike Cammalleri told "It's been fun because of how competitive we've been and where we're sitting and where we'd like to start building confidence that we can go." Cammalleri, who played four seasons over two stints with the Flames, leads the Devils with 17 points. Forward Patrik Elias (knee) practiced Monday after participating in the morning skate Saturday but is not expected to play on the trip. Forward Stefan Matteau also practiced after missing the game Saturday with an illness. Matteau told he's feeling better, but coach John Hynes wasn't sure if Matteau would be ready to play Tuesday. Goalie Cory Schneider will start. He has 18 NHL shutouts and nine with the Devils, second in their history behind Martin Brodeur's 124.

Flames team scope: Calgary begins a two-game homestand after a 1-3-0 road trip. "We looked at video today, we had a good, short practice, and our focus is on New Jersey tomorrow," coach Bob Hartley said Monday. "They're very opportunistic. They're competing. They've racked up some wins so it will be a good challenge for us." Goalie Jonas Hiller took part in a full practice for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury Oct. 28, but Joni Ortio will back up Karri Ramo, who will make his ninth consecutive start. Defenceman TJ Brodie was given off practice as a recovery day but will play Tuesday. Forward Derek Grant was assigned to Stockton of the American Hockey League. The Flames, who advanced to the Western Conference Second Round last season, are 13th in the Western Conference with a League-low minus-26 goal differential. "In our situation right now, we still have time, but we don't have time to lose games and figure that we're going to catch up later on," Hartley said.

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