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Preview: Flames vs. Jets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

JETS (15-16-2) at FLAMES (15-16-2)

TV: TSN3, SNW (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: Dustin Byfuglien scored with 1:28 remaining to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre on Oct. 16. Bryan Little had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Goaltender Karri Ramo made 27 saves in the loss for Calgary; Ondrej Pavelec had 19 saves.

Jets team scope: Goaltender Michael Hutchinson will start for Winnipeg on Tuesday. Hutchinson had not played since Dec 6 before he replaced Connor Hellebuyck in the second period of a 3-1 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. "Unless something drastic happens, [Hutchinson] is playing [Tuesday] night," coach Paul Maurice said. "I want to get him back in there and get him some work." Winnipeg is 2-4-1 in the second game of back-to-back games. The Jets have lost 11 of the past 14 road games (3-10-1) and most recently won on the road on Nov. 27 against the Minnesota Wild.

Flames team scope: It's the first of a four-game homestand for Calgary, which did not practice Monday after wrapping up a 2-2-0 road trip with a 4-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Calgary will attempt to win its 10th consecutive home game, which would tie a franchise record; it hasn't lost at Scotiabank Saddledome since Oct. 30 against the Montreal Canadiens. Eight of the Flames' next nine games are at home. "We have very high expectations of our hockey club," coach Bob Hartley told the Calgary Herald. "We're not shy of expectations, trying to get the best and be a playoff team." Hartley has not confirmed whether Ramo will make his fifth consecutive start Tuesday. He has started seven of the past nine games, but allowed three goals in each of the Flames' two losses over the weekend. Forwards Lance Bouma (broken fibula) and Michael Frolik (upper body) remain out.

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