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Preview: Hurricanes at Flames

Calgary is the third stop on the Canes' five-game road trip

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

CALGARY - The third game of a five-game trek through Western Canada and Colorado brings the Carolina Hurricanes to Calgary for a Saturday matinee against the Flames.

The Hurricanes are 1-0-1 on the first two games of the trip following a 1-0 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Duel in the Crease

Petr Mrazek and Jacob Markstrom dueled in the crease on Thursday night in Vancouver, as the Hurricanes played a scoreless hockey game in regulation for the 12th time in franchise history.

In total, the Canes put 43 shots on Markstrom but didn't put one past him, while Elias Pettersson potted the game-winner for Vancouver just 40 seconds into overtime.

The Canes walked away with a point.

"We hit a hot goalie. He was the difference in the game," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "He was phenomenal. You tip your hat and move on."

Hamilton Returns to Calgary

Dougie Hamilton spent three seasons in Calgary and totaled 137 points (42g, 95a) in 245 regular-season games with the Flames.


He played his first game back in his old city in January 2019, and now, he returns as one of the Canes' leading scorers. He's having a career season, with 30 points (11g, 19a) in 32 games already.

"When I came back here, I already had started to feel settled in Carolina. Now, for sure I feel settled in," he said after practice on Friday. "Opportunity is probably the biggest thing. I'm definitely more comfortable with everything, having friendships and knowing the system."

The Last Meeting

Andrei Svechnikov scored what should be the goal of the year when the Flames and Hurricanes last met in late October. Svechnikov pulled off a lacrosse-style goal to finally beat David Rittich in the third period and get the Canes on the board.

"That's everything," Brind'Amour said after the game. "That's almost what we needed to happen to get a goal. It wasn't going to happen any other way. Their goalie played great tonight, and ours did too."

Svechnikov then scored a power-play goal, his second straight two-goal game, to propel the Canes to a 2-1 victory. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves on 29 shots in what was his 11th consecutive regular-season win at home.

Video: Svechnikov, Mrazek lead Hurricanes to 2-1 victory

The Opposition

The Flames are a perfect 7-0-0 under interim head coach Geoff Ward, and at 18-12-4 on the season, Calgary ranks third in the Pacific Division. Sean Monahan is the team's leading scorer with 28 points (10g, 18a) in 34 games.




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