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Mrazek has won past 13 home starts with Carolina; Calgary eyes rebound from Heritage Classic loss

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (6-5-2) at HURRICANES (7-3-1) 

7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, SNF, NHL.TV


The Game

Petr Mrazek will try for his 14th straight home win when the Carolina Hurricanes play the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Mrazek, who made 32 saves during a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, has won 10 straight regular-season games at home and three on home ice during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has not lost at home since the Flames defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 on Feb. 3.

The Flames are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Saturday. This is Calgary's second game during a six-game road trip.

The Flames are 4-2-1 in their past seven games. The Hurricanes are 2-3-1 since starting the season 5-0-0.


Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton leads NHL defensemen with six goals and has a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists).


They said it

"They took off a little bit the second half of last year. There's some familiarity and they're confident in each other. They can anticipate where each other are going to be. At this stage of the year we need anything we can grasp onto." -- Flames coach Bill Peters on playing Andrew Mangiapane on the same line with Derek Ryan

"[The Flames are] one of the most skilled teams in the NHL, but every coach will say this: it's really about getting to your game. That eliminates a lot of what the other team can do. If you don't, all that skill really seems to take off. It's a battle, like every night, but this is a special one because they're that much better than most teams." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Elias Lindholm -- Matthew Tkachuk

Alan Quine -- Sean Monahan -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Tobias Rieder -- Derek Ryan

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Mark Jankowski, Michael Stone

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Joel Edmundson -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Status report

Rieder, who was placed on waivers by the Flames on Monday, went unclaimed and will play Tuesday. He has one goal in nine games. … Haula did not participate in the morning skate but is expected to play.


Stat pack

Brodie has four assists in his past four games. ... Monahan has not scored a goal in his past 11 games and Gaudreau has not scored a goal in his past eight games. … Aho has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. ... Svechnikov had two goals against the Blackhawks.

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