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Preview: Flames at Hurricanes

Calgary aims to extend five-game point streak; Eddie Lack starts again in goal for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

FLAMES (32-26-4) at HURRICANES (25-24-8)

3 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-SE, NHL.TV


Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames will try to extend their five-game point streak (4-0-1) when they conclude a five-game road trip at PNC Arena on Sunday. Calgary, which is 7-2-1 this month, holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "Guys are playing hard because they know what's at stake right now," forward Troy Brouwer told the Calgary Sun. "We're trying to put ourselves in a good spot to be in the playoffs, and wins now are obviously going to help. I think in these big games, you're seeing the best out of our team right now."


Hurricanes team scope

Goaltender Eddie Lack will start for the Carolina Hurricanes following a 34-save performance in a 3-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Friday. It was Lack's second start since Nov. 10 since recovering from a concussion. "He gets a shutout, gets a win," coach Bill Peters said after practice Saturday. "He hasn't played a lot. He deserves to go back." Lack's other win this season came against the Flames, a 4-2 victory on Oct. 20. Carolina will be without left wing Brock McGinn, who sustained an undisclosed injury against the Senators and did not practice Saturday. "I don't think it will be anything long-term, but we will be smart about it," Peters said.


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Alex Chiasson

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Matt Bartkowski -- Deryk Engelland

Chad Johnson

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Dennis Wideman, Jyrki Jokipakka, Freddie Hamilton



Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm

Teuvo Teravainen - Jordan Staal - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck - Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Matt Tennyson

Injured: Brock McGinn (undisclosed)


Status report

Calgary did not practice Saturday after traveling from Florida after the game Friday. … Derek Ryan, who has gone 13 games without a point, will take McGinn's spot in the lineup.


Who's hot

Gaudreau has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in the past 11 games. ... Tkachuk has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the past eight games. ... Backlund has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the past nine games.

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