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Flames at Panthers preview

Calgary tries to end three-game losing streak; Florida coming off back-to-back defeats at home

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

FLAMES (34-16-6) at PANTHERS (23-24-8)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

The Flames, who've fallen into second place in the Pacific Division, one point behind the San Jose Sharks, are 0-2-1 since a 4-3 road victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 3.

The Panthers, who have lost back-to-back games after going 6-2-0 in their previous eight, are 13 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Goalie James Reimer will start for the Panthers. He was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots in his last start, a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.


Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in his past 17 games.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"We haven't been as good with the details of the game since probably the All-Star Game." -- Flames coach Bill Peters

"We've lost two in a row. We obviously don't want to go down that road. Tonight is a big response game for us. We want to get back into the winning column and keep pushing and see what happens." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund - Sam Bennett

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mark Jankowski -- James Neal

Michael Frolik -- Derek Ryan -- Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Dalton Prout

Mike Smith

David Rittich

Scratched: Rasmus Andersson, Austin Czarnik

Injured: Michael Stone (blood clot)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Frank Vatrano

Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Evgenii Dadonov

Henrik Borgstrom -- Derick Brassard -- Denis Malgin

Jayce Hawryluk -- Riley Sheahan -- Troy Brouwer

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- Josh Brown

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Bogdan Kiselevich, Jamie McGinn, Micheal Haley

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), MacKenzie Weegar (upper body), Colton Sceviour (wrist)


Status report

Tkachuk left the ice after being hit in the wrist by a shot from Brodie during the morning skate but will play. … Frolik, who has no points in his past six games and no goals in his past 10, was moved from the second line to the fourth line. … Hawryluk will be back in the lineup after missing four games with an ankle injury. … McGinn, who made his season debut Tuesday after having back surgery in September, will sit because he's in "rest mode," Boughner said.


Stat pack

Gaudreau has gone six games without a goal after scoring 10 in his previous 11 games. … Florida has the NHL's third-ranked power play (25.9 percent) but is 0-for-8 in its past two games.

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