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Preview: Hurricanes vs. Flames

Alex Chiasson on top line with Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau for Calgary, Eddie Lack in goal for winless Carolina

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

HURRICANES (0-1-2) at FLAMES (1-2-1)

9 p.m. ET; SNF, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 
Hurricanes team scope

Eddie Lack will be in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are still searching for their first win of the season. After failing to hold three-goal leads and losing consecutive games in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks, the Hurricanes lost 3-2 at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. "Obviously getting the two points in overtime helps rather than having zero points, but I think for the most part we've been satisfied with how we've played for large stretches of games," forward Lee Stempniak said. "It's a matter of, when we have the lead, playing smart and continuing to make plays. I think we're there. It's just a matter of putting it together." The Hurricanes are in the middle of a six-game road trip to start the season that concludes with games against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. "We want to try to pick up as many points as we can," forward Jeff Skinner said. "The best way to do that is to get two by winning. It's a big game for us. I think coming off of a loss, hopefully we can get off to a good start. There's been a lot of good things we want to build off of and tighten up some of those things we've had miscues and we'll be fine. Hopefully we can keep the good things in our game."

Video: CAR@VAN: Lack robs Baertschi on the doorstep

 
Flames team scope

Right wing Alex Chiasson could start on the Calgary Flames' top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Chiasson ended up there in the Flames' 4-3 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. "Good opportunities for a player … that's what you want," Chiasson said. "You want the opportunity to play with high-level players. It'd be nice to get a chance to play with those guys." Chiasson has one goal in four games this season after scoring eight in 77 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. "I think I've done a good job of that this season the first four games. I'll try to bring a little more every day. I think I can be an impact player in this league. But that's for me to show." Goaltender Brian Elliott, who allowed 10 goals in the Flames' first two games, is expected to start after Chad Johnson went 1-0-1 in the past two games. The win against Buffalo was Calgary's first this season, and captain Mark Giordano expects it to instill confidence in his teammates. "I thought there were times in that game where things could've went south for us and it went the other way," he said. "The momentum-killers we had in that game we were able to fight through. That's a positive. The win is obviously the biggest positive. Hopefully it'll have guys feeling better and better."

 
Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jordan Staal -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Sebastian Aho -- Elias Lindholm -- Teuvo Teravainen

Bryan Bickell -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Klas Dahlbeck

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Jakub Nakladal, Andrej Nestrasil, Martin Frk

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body)

 
Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Alex Chiasson

Micheal Ferland -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Lance Bouma -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Matthew Tkachuk -- Matt Stajan -- Kris Versteeg

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Jyrki Jokipakka -- Dougie Hamilton

Brett Kulak -- Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Dennis Wideman, Nicklas Grossmann, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Ladislav Smid (neck)

 
Status report

Lack will start after Ward played in Edmonton. Dahlbeck will take the place of Nakladal, who played 27 games with the Flames last season, and Stalberg takes Martin Frk's spot. … Wideman is expected to be a healthy scratch for a third consecutive game.

 
Who's hot

Stempniak, who spent parts of three seasons with Calgary from 2012-14, has three goals and five points in Carolina's first three games. Rask and Faulk each have four points in three games. … Frolik has three goals in four games. Backlund has four assists in four games.

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