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Flames at Senators preview

Calgary can get within one point of second wild card in West with win; goaltender Condon starts for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / Correspondent

FLAMES (33-25-10) at SENATORS (23-32-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to gain ground in the playoff race when they play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

The Flames trail the Los Angeles Kings by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and are four points behind the third-place Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division. They are 1-0-1 entering the finale of a three-game road trip.

Goalie Mike Condon will start for the Senators, who are two points ahead of the last-place Buffalo Sabres in the Atlantic Division and 18 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa is playing the second game of a back-to-back after a 4-3 loss to the Sabres in a shootout on Thursday.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his past 18 games.

Senators forward Mark Stone has two goals and 13 assists during a 10-game point streak.


They said it

"We've got to come in with the same mindset that we did in Buffalo. These guys are going to be working hard. They have a ton of skill, I mean, they spanked us pretty good when we were in Calgary." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano

"No, never. I'll be honest with you, it's kind of a loser comment. You want to be doing things for yourself, for the right reasons and to win games. Period. It doesn't matter who we play." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on if he'll use the term "spoiler" with his team before playing Calgary


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Garnet Hathaway

Troy Brouwer -- Matt Stajan -- Curtis Lazar

Dougie Hamilton -- Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Jon Gillies

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Nick Shore, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Marek Hrivik (upper body), Mike Smith (lower body), Kris Versteeg (lower body)


Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Mike Hoffman

Magnus Paajarvi -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mark Stone

Bobby Ryan -- Zack Smith -- Marian Gaborik

Max McCormick -- Tom Pyatt -- Alexandre Burrows

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Ben Harpur -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Thomas Chabot

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Jim O'Brien , Erik Burgdoerfer

Injured: Chris Wideman (hamstring)


Status report

Gulutzan said Smith is "progressing at a real good rate," but is still day-to-day. He hasn't played since Feb. 11.


Stat pack

Monahan has 30 goals, one short of his NHL career high in 2014-15. … Karlsson has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past five games.

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