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Preview: Flames vs. Panthers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

PANTHERS (26-12-5) at FLAMES (19-20-2)

TV: SN1, FS-F (7:30 PM MT)

Season series: Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored 8:11 into the third period for a 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Nov. 10 at BB&T Center. Jagr earlier assisted on a goal by defenceman Aaron Ekblad. Forward David Jones scored twice for the Flames.

Panthers team scope: Florida's win streak ended at 12 games with a 3-2 overtime loss Monday to the Vancouver Canucks, but the Panthers will attempt to pick up at least one point for a 14th straight game. They'll be coached by assistant Mike Kelly, as Gerard Gallant returned home after the Vancouver game to attend his mother's funeral. Ekblad, who missed his first game of the season after sustaining an upper-body injury Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers, was to be re-evaluated Tuesday, general manager Dale Tallon told TSN 1050 in Toronto. "We're hoping it's short-term; it appears to be that way," Tallon said. Jagr (four goals, two assists) and forward Aleksander Barkov (one goal, four assists) have five-game point streaks. Linemate Jonathan Huberdeau (three goals, three assists) has a four-game point streak.

Flames team scope: Forward Jiri Hudler practiced Tuesday on a line with Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund and will return to the lineup after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury. Forward Michael Frolik is expected to miss his 12th straight game with an upper-body injury, but he was a full participant in practice and coach Bob Hartley said he could return as early as Saturday against the Oilers. Jones and goalie Karri Ramo didn't practice but are expected to play. "We want to make sure that little bumps and bruises, we take care of them and that's the way it's going to be until the end," Hartley told the Flames website. Forward Lance Bouma is expected to miss a few weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury Monday in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Flames have lost four of their past five at Scotiabank Saddledome after winning a franchise-record 11 straight on home ice.

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