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Calgary visits Buffalo looking to end four-game losing streak

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

FLAMES (32-25-10) at SABRES (21-34-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will look to end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) when they face the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

The Flames are three points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and have scored two goals or fewer in three of their past four games.

The Sabres are 4-2-0 in their past six games and 20 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.
Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly is on a four-game point streak (goal, four assists) and has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games.

They said it

"We've got to do even more to create (offense); getting to the net more, some of the ugly goals more, but the chances are there. The goals aren't there, but if we keep doing the right thing … you keep doing the right thing, it'll change the tide. I'd be a little concerned if we weren't generating chances or shots, but that's not the case." -- Flames coach Glen Gulutzan

"There were a lot of one-goal games. We didn't come on the right side of them and that can have an effect on a team over a long period because you lose confidence, you lose trust. I think we've built that trust back in each other right now. It comes with success." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Garnet Hathaway

Troy Brouwer -- Matt Stajan -- Curtis Lazar

Dougie Hamilton -- Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Jon Gillies

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Nick Shore, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Marek Hrivik (upper body), Mike Smith (lower body), Kris Versteeg (lower body)

Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Sam Reinhart

Jordan Nolan -- Jacob Josefson -- Kyle Okposo

Scott Wilson -- Johan Larsson -- Jason Pominville

Seth Griffith -- Benoit Pouliot -- Nicholas Baptiste

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Brendan Guhle -- Casey Nelson

Nathan Beaulieu -- Victor Antipin

Chad Johnson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Daniel O'Regan, Josh Gorges, Justin Falk

Injured: Kyle Criscuolo (upper body), Evan Rodrigues (upper body), Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain), Jake McCabe (shoulder), Zach Bogosian (hip)


Status report

Smith skated Wednesday but remains sidelined. … The Sabres recalled O'Regan from Rochester of the American Hockey League. … Criscuolo is out 4-6 weeks.


Stat pack

Frolik is on a three-game point streak (goal, two assists). … Reinhart has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games.

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