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Calgary to go for first win in seven games; Laughton will return to Philadelphia lineup

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

FLAMES (10-12-3) at FLYERS (11-7-4)



The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to end a six-game winless streak when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Flames are 0-5-1 in their past six games and have been outscored 23-5 in that span. They have been shut out three times in four games, including a 5-0 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Philadelphia will have forward Scott Laughton back in the lineup. He missed the previous 13 games because of a broken finger. The Flyers ended a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) with a 5-3 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 10 games against the Flyers.

Flyers forward Morgan Frost is one of six players in Philadelphia history to score in each of his first two NHL games and will try to become the first to score in his first three.


They said it

"When you go through adversity, there are two ways you can go through it. I believe in the group. I believe that when you're going through difficult times, you push and support people, you don't throw bodies on the tarmac. And that's what we're going to do here. This is a good group that's underperforming. We have to find a way to get back to being a good group that's performing." -- Flames general manager Brad Treliving

"There's going to be a long process no matter what; it's a broken bone, things have to heal. It's good enough where I can shoot it full and battle and everything. Pretty much good to go." -- Flyers forward Scott Laughton on his return to the lineup from a broken finger


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Zac Rinaldo -- Mark Jankowski -- Andrew Mangiapane

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Brandon Davidson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Alexander Yelesin, Tobias Rieder

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body), Travis Hamonic (lower body), TJ Brodie (medical episode)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Status report

Brodie will join the Flames in Philadelphia, but there is no timeframe for his return to the lineup. The defenseman has been out since collapsing during a practice drill Nov. 14. He skated for the first time since that incident in Calgary on Thursday. ... Mangiapane broke his nose against the Blues but is expected to play. ... The Flames practiced in St. Louis on Friday before traveling to Philadelphia because of a problem with their plane after their game against the Blues. ... Provorov did not practice Friday for what coach Alain Vigneault said was a maintenance day. Vigneault said he expects Provorov to play but said the defenseman would be a game-time decision. ... The Flyers sent forward Andy Andreoff to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Friday and placed Patrick on long-term injured reserve.


Stat pack

The Flames have been shut out in their past three road games and haven't scored a goal away from home in 220:02, dating to Lindholm's goal with two seconds left in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Nov. 3. ... Giroux had two goals and two assists against the Hurricanes on Thursday after he had two points (one goal, one assist) in the previous seven games.

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