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Smith injured, won't play for Calgary; Detroit looking for first win in three games

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (10-7-0) at RED WINGS (8-8-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, FS-D+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith won't be in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

Smith is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury sustained during a 7-4 win against the St. Louis Blues. Jon Gillies was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League to be the backup to Eddie Lack.

The Flames have scored 13 goals in their past two games, including a 6-3 victory against the Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. 

Detroit has lost its past two games (0-1-1), against the Flames and 2-1 in a shootout against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. That loss ended their NHL-record streak of 12 straight shootout victories.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak, including two goals and an assist against the Red Wings on Thursday.

Anthony Mantha leads the Red Wings with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 18 games, and has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"Mike is going to join us in Philadelphia this weekend and we will go from there. Right now we don't know what his status will be at that point." -- Flames assistant coach Dave Cameron on goaltender Mike Smith's injury

"We just didn't have enough energy when we played them up there. We've got to come out harder tonight." -- Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on playing the Flames for the second time in a week

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Curtis Lazar -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Eddie Lack

Jon Gillies

Scratched: Matt Stajan , Freddie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, Rasmus Andersson

Injured: Mike Smith (upper body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

David Booth -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Scott Wilson -- Luke Glendening -- Luke Witkowski

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Xavier Ouellet -- Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle), Martin Frk (groin), Darren Helm (lower body)

 

Status report

Flames coach Glen Gulutzan missed the morning skate but will be behind the bench for the game. … Frk left practice Tuesday with a groin injury and could miss about a week. Abdelkader will play with a shield after missing the game against the Blue Jackets because of a fractured cheekbone.

 

Stat pack

Ferland has a goal in each of his past four games. Monahan has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Larkin has six points (one goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

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