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Jagr expected to skate on Calgary's top line; Carolina defenseman van Riemsdyk returns from concussion

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

HURRICANES (2-1-1) at FLAMES (4-2-0)

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


The Game

Forward Jaromir Jagr will skate on the top line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames, who are seeking their best seven-game start since going 5-1-0-1 in 2001-02.

Jagr earned his first point with the Flames, an assist on Gaudreau's third-period power-play goal, in a 5-2 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will return after missing three games because of a concussion sustained in a 5-4 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 7. Van Riemsdyk, who was acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on June 22, had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 58 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.


Players to watch

Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling will make his fourth start in the past five games. He is 1-1-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Goalie Mike Smith (4-2-0) has a 2.59 GAA and .929 save percentage, and has started all six games for Calgary.


They said it

"We're still, through this road trip, trying to build our identity. I think for us, we've had a group of young guys who have been together for a while now, the last couple seasons taken some positive steps forward, and I think we're going to continue that." -- Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner

"If you get open you're probably going to get a good look. It's fun to play with him over the last few practices and getting some chemistry and stuff like that. We're looking forward to the game." -- Flames center Sean Monahan on playing with Jaromir Jagr


Hurricanes projected lineup

Teuvo Teravainen -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Brock McGinn

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Janne Kuokkanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Justin Faulk -- Noah Hanifin

Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Martin Necas, Josh Jooris, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Jaromir Jagr

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Micheal Ferland

Tanner Glass -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Matt Bartkowski -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton, Brett Kulak

Injured: None


Status report

The Hurricanes assigned defenseman Trevor Carrick to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. …Ferland will return after missing one game with a groin injury.


Stat pack

Williams has three assists in his past two games, and four assists in four games. … Staal had four points (goal, three assists) in a 5-3 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. …Gaudreau is the first Flames player to have nine points in the first six games of a season since defenseman Phil Housley in 1994-95. … Monahan has six points (three goals, three assists) in six games.

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