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Preview: Flames at Jets

Winnipeg without Patrik Laine; Calgary seeks fourth win in five games

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

FLAMES (22-18-2) at JETS (19-20-3)

8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN3, SNW, NHL.TV


Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames will look to continue their recent success Monday, having won three of their past four games and 12 of their past 17. Defenseman Mark Giordano credits their resurgence on special teams, having scored 11 times on the power play in the past nine games and allowing two goals on 37 penalty kills during that same stretch. "Both our power play and penalty kill have come a long way since the start of the year," Giordano said. "And then 5-on-5, we've solidified a bunch of things. Goaltending has really pushed us through and got us going. Along the way, we've really had some great efforts from both of our goalies, and that goes a long way." Chad Johnson, who made 28 saves in a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, will start. "It feels good," Johnson said. "You always want results, that's what it's about. I felt good about my game. Sometimes you run into tough teams and you don't play well enough to get the win. It's just how it goes. It's nice to get rewarded and get the win. It's good for myself, good for the team. It's something to sort of build on."


Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will be without leading goal-scorer Patrik Laine, who sustained a concussion Saturday. Laine was hit by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe in the third period of a 4-3 loss and left the game. Forward Drew Stafford will take his spot on the top line. "We get a great player on our line with (Drew) Stafford," forward Nikolaj Ehlers said. "We still got to play the game, with or without Patrik. Obviously, it's tough for us and it's tough for him. You don't want to see any of your teammates go down like that." Laine's 21 goals in 42 games lead the Jets, and his 37 points are tied with center Mark Scheifele for the Winnipeg lead. "In these situations, when adversity hits, the whole team has to battle," Scheifele said. "Obviously, Patty is a big void that has to be filled but we just have to do it by committee. He's been huge. The amount of goals he's put up is huge for our team. He's a guy that all it takes is one chance and we can be up one or be up in a game. Having a game-breaker out of your lineup is tough, but we got a lot of character in this room, a lot of good players. We just have to rally behind it." Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will make his fifth straight start. Winnipeg has scored seven times in its past eight games on the power play, going 7-for-25 during that stretch.


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Alex Chiasson

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Micheal Ferland

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Dennis Wideman

Jyrki Jokipakka -- Deryk Engelland

Chad Johnson

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Brett Kulak, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Ladislav Smid (neck), Troy Brouwer (finger)


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele - Drew Stafford

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Nic Petan -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mark Stuart, Brandon Tanev

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (lower body), Patrik Laine (concussion)


Status report

Calgary recalled Kulak from Stockon of the American Hockey League on Monday and sent down defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon. … Winnipeg recalled Tanev from Manitoba of the AHL on Monday.


Who's hot

Backlund, who leads the Flames with 12 goals and 27 points, has six goals and five assists in his past seven games. ... Gaudreau has five goals and 11 assists in 15 games since returning from a fractured finger. … Tkachuk has one goal and nine assists during a nine-game point streak. … Ehlers has five goals and an assist during a four-game point streak. ... Scheifele has two goals and three assists in the past four games. … Trouba has one goal and six assists in his past six games. … Wheeler has three goals and seven assists in his past 10 games. 

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