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Preview: Flames at Jets

Calgary seeks ninth straight win; Winnipeg without defenseman Toby Enstrom

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (37-26-4) at JETS (30-32-6)

7 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV

 

Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames will look to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games and tie the Anaheim Ducks for second place in the Pacific Division. "These points mean a lot to us," forward Micheal Ferland said. "It's obviously been fun, but we're not really focused on our streak. We're just focused on where we're going in the standings. We want to go up and tonight's a big game for us." The Flames will be without defenseman Michael Stone, who was injured in the third period of a 5-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was injured in the second period against Montreal, will be a game-time decision. "He thinks he'll be ready to go," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "There's nothing wrong structurally with anything. He hasn't hurt a bone or a ligament or anything. He's got a cut." Goaltender Brian Elliott will make his sixth straight start. He has won seven in a row, eight of nine, and is 11-1-1 in his past 13 starts.

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will be without defenseman Toby Enstrom, who is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Defenseman Ben Chiarot is a game-time decision because of illness. "Losing a guy like Toby, you can't replace that," defenseman Josh Morrissey said. "For the rest of us, we got to help pick up those minutes, do it by committee." The Jets enter Saturday seven points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "For us right now, it's do or die time of the year," Morrissey said. "We can't afford to lose too many games right now. Obviously, we know [Calgary] is coming in hot. We got to be ready right off the start [and] limit our mistakes." Blake Wheeler said it would be a challenge playing the Flames. "They're coming in with a lot of confidence," he said. "They've established their identity with the way they're playing right now. It makes for a tough game, so it's always good to see where you stack up with teams that are playing good hockey." Connor Hellebuyck will make his 13th straight start in goal. He allowed five goals on 15 shots and was pulled in the second period on Wednesday. Winnipeg is 5-10-1 against Pacific Division teams this season.

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Alex Chiasson

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Deryk Engelland

Matt Bartkowski -- Dennis Wideman

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton, Rasmus Andersson

Injured: Michael Stone (upper body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Shawn Matthias - Nic Petan -- Marko Dano

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Chris Thorburn, Julian Melchiori

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Toby Enstrom (concussion)

 

Status report

Andersson, who was recalled on an emergency basis from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday, will play if Hamilton can't. Wideman, a healthy scratch for the past eight games, will replace Stone. ... Melchiori was recalled from Manitoba of the AHL on Saturday. Petan, who has been a healthy scratch for the past four games, will center the fourth line.  

 

Who's hot

Ferland has six goals in his past eight games. … Laine has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. … Byfuglien has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past nine games. … Perreault has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games. … Wheeler has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Scheifele has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in his past 10 games. 

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