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Flames at Blues preview

Lack to make first start with Calgary; Prosser, Bennett to debut for St. Louis

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (5-4-0) at BLUES (6-2-1)

8 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Calgary Flames will look for their fifth straight road victory when they face the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

The Flames will attempt to extend that streak after a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday at the Nashville Predators after trailing 2-0 in the third period, when forwards Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Ferland each scored for Calgary.

Goaltender Eddie Lack will make his first start of the season for Calgary; his only appearance was in relief of Mike Smith, when he allowed one goal on six shots during a 6-0 loss against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 13. Lack is 6-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in six career starts against the Blues.

The Blues, 2-0-1 in their past three games, will have defenseman Nate Prosser and right wing Beau Bennett each making his debut for St. Louis. Prosser will take the place of Carl Gunnarsson, who will miss the game after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday, and Bennett will play after being recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Monday.

 

Players to watch

Flames center Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in nine games; he has five points (one goal, four assists in a four-game point streak, and has points in seven of his past eight games.

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. He leads St. Louis with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in nine games; he didn't get his 13th point until his 18th game last season.

 

They said it

"30 passes is a lot ... a lot of people to impress." -- Flames left wing and St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk on returning home and fulfilling ticket requests from family and friends

"I'm really excited about it. It makes me feel a little bit more part of the group. I'm ready to get after it." -- Blues defenseman Nate Prosser

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Curtis Lazar

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Eddie Lack

Mike Smith

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Tanner Glass, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Jaromir Jagr (lower body) 

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Beau Bennett

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Nate Prosser -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Dmitrij Jaskin

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)

 

Status report

Jaskin will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game. ... Blues coach Mike Yeo said Bouwmeester still hasn't resumed skating after fracturing his left ankle on Sept. 17.

 

Stat pack

Monahan has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past eight games, with points in six of those eight. ... Tarasenko has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. Pietrangelo is tied for the NHL lead among defensemen with 11 points (three goals, eight assists).

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