FLAMES (10-8-0) at FLYERS (8-8-3)
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Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith will return from an upper-body injury to play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Smith left after the first period of a 7-4 victory against the Saint Louis Blues on Monday and didn't play in the Flames' 8-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. He practiced at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
The Flyers have lost three straight games (0-2-1), two of which were by shutout. They ended a goal drought of 158:36 when they scored two first period goals in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Goaltender Brian Elliott likely will start for the Flyers against the Flames, who he played for last season.
Players to watch
Flames defenseman Johnny Gaudreau, who was born 40 miles south of Wells Fargo Center in Salem, New Jersey, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) during an NHL career high-tying eight-game point streak.
Flyers forward Nolan Patrick will look to improve in his second game back after missing nine because of an upper-body injury. In 7:58 of ice time Thursday, he had no shots on goal and was 1-for-11 on face-offs.
They said it
"Throughout the course of the season little injuries are going to pop up, and I just wanted to kind of nip it in the bud and not let it drag on for more than it needed to. I feel good now. I've had a couple days of rest and got good treatment and I'll be ready to go." -- Flames goaltender Mike Smith
"We've got to get control and find a way to win." -- Flyers forward Jakub Voracek
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
Scratched: Matt Stajan, Freddie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, Rasmus Andersson
Flyers projected lineup
Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny
Dale Weise -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds
Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere -- Brandon Manning
Travis Sanheim -- Andrew MacDonald
Scratched: Jori Lehtera, Matt Read, Radko Gudas
MacDonald could play after missing 11 games because of a lower-body injury sustained when he blocked a shot against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 21. The Flyers didn't practice Friday. … Gaudreau said the Flames had a team dinner Thursday, in part to put their loss Wednesday behind them.
Ferland has scored a goal in five straight games. … Couturier has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games.