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Flames and Senators to feature new-look top lines

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com

FLAMES (2-7-0) at SENATORS (3-3-2)

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OTTAWA -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley will have a different look to his lines Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Both the Flames and the Senators have been struggling recently. The Flames have lost their past two games and the Senators are on a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) and winless at home this season (0-2-2).

Based on the line rushes at the morning skate, the Flames' top two lines will see Joe Colborne replace Johnny Gaudreau at left wing on a line with right wing Jiri Hudler and center Sean Monahan. Gaudreau will skate with right wing Michael Frolik and center Sam Bennett.

"We're looking for solutions," Hartley said. "Obviously at 2-7 we need to move people around, we need to create a spark to create new chemistry. It's funny how things go. You play with some people for a long period of time and for whatever reason it doesn't work. We know it's going to work again. But right now let's try to find solutions.

"We've got the solution. It's a matter of getting a full game from everyone."

The Flames also could see a change on defense as Hartley said defenseman TJ Brodie, who has yet to play a game this season because of a broken bone in his hand, will be a game-time decision.

Brodie took some turns at the morning skate with top defenseman Mark Giordano.

"He's getting very close and that's good news," Hartley said. "It might be tonight, it might be Friday, it might be the next game. He's right there."

The Flames enter play Wednesday 28th in the League with 16 goals in nine games this season.

Giordano said the Flames have been going too far when it comes to trying to create offense.

"It's got to be an ugly one, the type of game where we grind it out, get back to more our style of play," he said. "I think we have been guilty of opening it up too much, giving up too much. We're not scoring goals right now so the answer to that is probably get to the net and try and bang home some rebounds or some ugly ones."

Senators coach Dave Cameron will make some changes too, but his are out of necessity.

The Senators' left wing depth has been decimated with Clarke MacArthur out indefinitely because of a concussion. Mike Hoffman (lower body) and Curtis Lazar (upper body) also are injured.

Rookie Shane Prince will play left wing on the top line Wednesday, with center Kyle Turris and right wing Mark Stone.

"You don't want to go out and press and try and do everything," Prince said. "I just want to go out and play my game and benefit from the guys I'm playing with. They all think the game really well. We should complement each other tonight and have a good game."

Forward Matt Puempel, called up from Binghamton of the American Hockey League, will play left wing on the second line with center Mika Zibanejad and right wing Bobby Ryan.

Cameron said he has seen some good things from his players, just not enough of it.

"Consistency. That's the name of the game," he said. "The team that plays it harder the longest wins most games. There's no complication to it.

"We've played that way in spurts. Our challenge is we have to play it longer, harder and that's how we play. That's all that matters at the end of the day."

Here are the projected lineups:

FLAMES

Joe Colborne - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Johnny Gaudreau - Sam Bennett - Michael Frolik

Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Josh Jooris

Mason Raymond - Mikael Backlund - David Jones

Mark Giordano - Dennis Wideman

Kris Russell - Deryk Engelland

Ladislav Smid - Dougie Hamilton

Jonas Hiller

Joni Ortio

Injured: TJ Brodie (hand), Lance Bouma (leg), Micheal Ferland (lower body)

Scratched: Derek Grant, Jakub Nakladal

SENATORS

Shane Prince - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Matt Puempel - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Milan Michalek - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Max McCormick - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Jared Cowen - Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Mike Hoffman (lower body), Curtis Lazar (upper body)

Scratched: Chris Wideman

Status report: Hoffman skated Wednesday and said he's targeting a return either Friday or Saturday, when the Senators play a home-and-home with the Detroit Red Wings. … Methot is expected to return after missing the past three games because of a concussion. He had expected to play Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes but woke up from his pre-game nap and did not feel well. … Based on the morning skate, if Brodie plays he will be paired with Giordano. Russell then would be with Wideman and Engelland with Hamilton, and Smid could be scratched.

Who's hot: Karlsson has eight assists in eight games. … Hiller is 4-0-1 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in five career games against the Senators.

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