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Carolina 3-0-1 in past four games; Calgary looks to extend season-high win streak to eight

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (19-11-2) at FLAMES (18-12-4)

4 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to extend their season-long winning streak to eight games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Calgary is 7-0-0 and has outscored opponents 28-17 during their longest winning streak since a seven-game stretch from Feb. 16-27, 2019, and is 8-0-1 in its past nine games after a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Carolina is 3-0-1 in the past four games, including a 1-0 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, and 10-4-1 in the past 15 games.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past three games, and 15 goals in his past 20.

Flames forward Sean Monahan has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in an eight-game point streak.


They said it

"At the end of the day it's a process. I think over the 82 games, if you're doing it right, it'll pay off in the end. Right now we're kind of taking a couple steps forward and one back, it kind of feels like. We have a hard-working group. I think in general that's going to pay off for us in the end." -- Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour

"I think, obviously, it was a coaching change, but I think it was just the time of the year. We weren't playing good hockey. Over time that gets frustrating. I think you want to pick your game up. Right now our team has confidence. When you're playing with confidence and getting results it's a fun place to be." -- Calgary forward Sean Monahan


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Julien Gauthier

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Mikael Backlund -- Sean Monahan -- Dillon Dube

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Johnny Gaudreau

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Oliver Kylington

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Status report

Haula, who has missed 16 of the past 18 games, is not on this road trip. ... Calgary assigned forward Matthew Phillips to Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday.


Stat pack

Svechnikov has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past four games. … Hamilton is four assists from 200 in the NHL. … Gaudreau has four goals in the past five games after going 10 straight without a goal. … Brodie is expected to play in his 600th NHL game.

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