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Calgary has lost five of six; Pettersson returns for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (27-22-6) at CANUCKS (30-20-5)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, NHL.TV


The Game 

Elias Pettersson will return to the lineup for the Vancouver Canucks when they host the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena on Saturday. 

The forward, who leads the Canucks in goals (23) and points (55), was a late scratch prior to a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Vancouver is 0-2-1 in its past three games but has won nine in a row at home dating to Dec. 17, two shy of tying its record set from Feb. 3-March. 19, 2009. 

Calgary will play its second straight game without captain Mark Giordano, who is week to week because of a hamstring injury. The Flames have lost three in a row and are 1-4-1 in their past six games. 


Players to watch 

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak.

Canucks forward J.T. Miller has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"It's a big statement game for our team. It's just about everyone individually focusing on what they can control and going out and bringing their best game." -- Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin

"I wanted to go out there and try and I didn't feel 100 percent (before the last game). But I got some rest, got some treatment over the last few days, and I feel good." -- Canucks center Elias Pettersson


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Brandon Davidson, Buddy Robinson

Injured: Mark Giordano (hamstring)


Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Brandon Sutter

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev 

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Jordie Benn -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois, Justin Bailey, Zack MacEwen

Injured: Oscar Fantenberg (concussion protocol), Tyler Motte (upper body), Josh Leivo (kneecap), Micheal Ferland (concussion), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Status report

Calgary moved Monahan back to the top line and shifted Lindholm from center to right wing. … Brisebois, a defenseman, was recalled from Utica in the American Hockey League on Friday after Fantenberg was injured against the Wild. … Ferland, a forward who has missed 41 of the past 43 games, skated with the team for the first time on Saturday and expects to go to the AHL on a conditioning stint after one more practice.

Stat pack

Tkachuk has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Hughes has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. 

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