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Calgary forward Gaudreau can tie NHL's longest point streak this season; Columbus looks to win fifth straight game

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (12-8-0) at BLUE JACKETS (13-7-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau can tie the longest point streak in the NHL this season at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. He has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in a personal-best 10-game streak and five consecutive multi-point games.

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning each had 11-game point streaks from Oct. 6-26.

Fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak returns after missing 13 games with an ankle sprain when the Blue Jackets try to extend their winning streak to a season best five games. Sedlak bolsters the penalty kill and stabilizes Columbus down the middle.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Sean Monahan has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has three goals in his past four games. He leads the Blue Jackets with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists).

 

They said it

"Sharpen your skates, brace for contact and put your work boots on. We know what we're in for. This is a real good hockey team. Great defense. Great goaltender." -- Flames coach Glen Gulutzan quoting the scouting report on the Blue Jackets

"Every time he's on the ice, you're looking at him, watching him. It's going to be pretty exciting playing against him. He's a legend in this league. You've got to give him credit." -- Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson, 23, on Flames forward Jaromir Jagr, 45

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Freddie Hamilton -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Curtis Lazar, Matt Stajan

Injured: None

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Tyler Motte -- Nick Foligno -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Lukas Sedlak -- Jordan Schroeder

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Matt Calvert (upper body), Alexander Wennberg (undisclosed)

 

Status report

Backlund is one goal away from 100 in his NHL career. … Wennberg is expected to miss his fourth straight game. … Atkinson will play his 400th NHL game.

 

Stat pack

The Flames are 7-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. … Calgary has won two straight and seven of nine. …  The Blue Jackets have scored first in five straight games and seven of eight.

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