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Calgary seeks second win in nine games; Johansson returns to lineup for Buffalo

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (11-12-4) at SABRES (11-10-3)

7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, SNW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Marcus Johansson will return to the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres when they host the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

The forward missed seven games with an upper-body injury for Buffalo, which has won twice in its past 12 games (2-8-2). The Sabres are 1-4-0 in their past and have been outscored 16-6 in the four losses. 

The Flames are 1-5-2 in their past eight games. They've been outscored 28-9 during that stretch and shut out three times in their past six games.

Calgary associate Geoff Ward will coach the team while NHL and the Flames continue investigating a claim that coach Bill Peters used racial slurs in addressing a player earlier in his coaching career.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has three assists in his past eight games.

Sabres captain Jack Eichel has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak and has scored in each of his past four games against Calgary.

 

They said it

"There's a lot of positives for us to build on. We've just got to worry about our game and put that same game on the ice tonight with hopefully a different result." -- Flames associate coach Geoff Ward on their recent play

"You win together, you lose together. You want to be on the ice no matter what. You want to be a part of what's going on. I think this group will come out learning a lot from this. It was fun to watch the Boston game (3-2 loss on Nov. 21). I thought we played some really good hockey. We didn't win the game but we played the right way, the way we started the season." -- Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Andrew Mangiapane

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Alexander Yelesin, Zac Rinaldo

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body), Travis Hamonic (lower body)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jimmy Vesey -- Marcus Johansson -- Casey Mittelstadt

Jeff Skinner -- Johan Larsson -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Rasmus Asplund -- Jean-Sebastien Dea

Jake McCabe -- Zach Bogosian

Brandon Montour -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Colin Miller

Injured: Rasmus Dahlin (concussion), Evan Rodrigues (lower body), Kyle Okposo (concussion), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)

 

Status report

Sobotka is out indefinitely after having knee surgery Tuesday. … Dahlin is also out indefinitely. … Rodrigues is week to week.

 

Stat pack

Montour will play his 200th NHL game. … Olofsson has one goal and three assists in a four-game point streak. … Lucic is two goals from 200 in the NHL. … Backlund needs three assists for 300 in the NHL.

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