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Preview: Flames vs. Rangers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

RANGERS (18-9-3) at FLAMES (12-14-2)

TV: CBC, MSG+ (8:00 PM MT)

Season series: The New York Rangers will try for their second sweep of the Calgary Flames in as many seasons. New York won 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 25. Dan Girardi scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Antti Raanta made 22 saves. Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames.

Rangers team scope: Raanta may get the start in the second half of a back-to-back when New York tries to avoid being swept on its three-game Western Canada trip. Raanta relieved starter Henrik Lundqvist early in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers and wound up taking the loss in a 7-5 defeat. When asked whether he wanted to start the night after being pulled, Lundqvist told MSG Network, "I leave that to the coach. If he tells me to play, I'll play. I'll analyze it quickly. There were some good things about this game, but there were definitely some things that need to improve." The Rangers overcame deficits of 3-1 and 5-3, only to allow the Oilers to score the game-winning goal 12 seconds after Rick Nash had tied it with 1:46 remaining. "We've got 24 hours to think this through and find a way to compete harder, to battle harder, find a way to win a hockey game," said captain Ryan McDonagh, who was minus-4.

Flames team scope: Health may dictate which goaltender plays as the Flames go for their ninth consecutive win at Scotiabank Saddledome. Jonas Hiller missed practice Wednesday with an illness but wound up playing Thursday in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres because Karri Ramo was ill. Hudler also missed the game because of the illness going through the locker room. Coach Bob Hartley called off practice Friday and hopes to have enough healthy bodies. Two players who have been healthy and producing are linemates Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, who combined for three of the four goals against Buffalo. "The chemistry between [Monahan] and Johnny is back," Hartley told the Calgary Herald. "We put David Jones on that [right] side to open things up, he's giving us some forechecking and net presence, also. They're passing the puck well and playing well."

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