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Flames go for two straight since front-office shakeup

by Brian Hunter

FLAMES (12-15-4) at SABRES (7-23-2)


Last 10: Calgary 5-4-1; Buffalo 2-7-1

Season series: This is the first of two games between the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. They haven't played since Nov. 4, 2011, when Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots and led the Sabres to a 2-1 win in Buffalo.

Big story: The Flames will play their second game since firing general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday. The Sabres replaced their GM and coach in November and are 3-8-1 since Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan rejoined the organization.

Team Scope:

Flames: What was supposed to be a normal game day with the Carolina Hurricanes in town turned out to be anything but in Calgary on Thursday. It started with a press conference by president of hockey operations Brian Burke announcing the dismissals of Feaster and Weisbrod and ended hours later with Chris Butler scoring with 3.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 win, their fourth in six games.

"I think we've been giving less and less turnovers and that's the key," goalie Karri Ramo, who made 29 saves, said in the Calgary Sun. "Other teams don't get too many odd-man rushes and too many breakaways. I think that's one key and our penalty kill has been really good lately.

"You cut the chances down and scoring goes down too."

Sabres: Like its opponent, Buffalo has done a decent job of late keeping the goals against down, not having allowed more than three in a game since Nov. 21. During that span of eight games, however, the Sabres have scored 10 non-shootout goals and as a result have won twice.

In Ottawa on Thursday to complete a home-and-home against the Senators, the Sabres got a power-play goal by Tyler Ennis and 30 saves from Ryan Miller but in a familiar refrain came up a little short in a 2-1 loss.

"When you see guys doing the right things in the right place, they tend to start scoring," Miller said in the Buffalo News. "Hopefully, they can carry some confidence. These were good games for us."

Who's hot: Ramo has won three of his past four starts for the Flames, allowing one goal in each victory. … Ennis has three goals and one assist in his past four games.

Injury report: Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman (hand) and forwards Curtis Glencross (sprained MCL) and Sean Monahan (foot) are on injured reserve. … Buffalo forward Cody Hodgson (undisclosed) was not in the lineup Thursday and his status is uncertain. Defenseman Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed) is on injured reserve.

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