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Preview: Flames vs. Jets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

JETS (29-35-5) at FLAMES (29-35-5)

TV: TSN3, SNW, NHL.TV (8:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets have split two games. Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 Jets win at MTS Centre on Oct. 16. Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick in a 4-1 Flames win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Dec. 22.

Jets team scope: Byfuglien (flu) practiced Tuesday, according to the Jets website, after missing a 5-2 road win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. "Hopeful," coach Paul Maurice said of Byfuglien's status. "We'll see. He has to get through probably another 24 hours of keeping food down and feeling good. If he is strong [Wednesday], he'll go back in, but we'll wait and see." Defenceman Julian Melchiori remains on emergency recall from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. Center Mark Scheifele has an NHL career-high eight-game point streak (eight goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. His eight goals in March are the most he has scored in a month in his NHL career. Forward Scott Kosmachuk also remains with the Jets on emergency recall. Maurice has not confirmed a starting goaltender, but Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start the last of a two-game road trip.

Flames team scope: Injured defenceman TJ Brodie (upper body) and forward Sam Bennett (upper body) skated Tuesday but are not expected to play, according to the Flames website. "They did fairly well," coach Bob Hartley said. Each player has missed the past two games. Center Mikael Backlund has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist); right wing Michael Frolik has a two-game point streak (three goals, one assist). A starting goaltender has not been confirmed, but Joni Ortio has started five consecutive games.

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