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New Jersey looks to avoid consecutive losses for first time this season; defenseman Hamonic out for Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (9-3-0) at FLAMES (7-6-0)

9 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Defenseman Travis Hamonic will not play for the Calgary Flames against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday because of a lower-body injury. 

Hamonic was injured during practice Saturday and was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

The Flames are on a two-game winning streak after going 1-4-0 in their previous five games. Both wins have come at home, where the Flames started the season 1-4-0.

Goalie Keith Kinkaid will start with the New Jersey Devils looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Devils, who lost their first road game of the season 6-3 at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, are 6-2-0 in their past eight games and 5-1-0 away from Prudential Center.

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak, and 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past seven

Flames goaltender Mike Smith has held opponents to two goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts. He has a 2.19 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in 12 starts this season.

 

They said it

"To win in this league, there has got to be a tremendous work ethic and compete. You have to play on the same page and play to an identity. We just need more consistency in that throughout the lineup." -- Devils coach John Hynes

"It's an exciting challenge. We know how good they are, and how young and fast and exciting they play, but it's a challenge for us in a whole other sense that when guys get hurt or go down, we have to step up. Guys are excited about their opportunity tonight." -- Flames forward Kris Versteeg

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Drew Stafford

Miles Wood -- Adam Henrique -- Jesper Bratt

Brian Gibbons -- Pavel Zacha -- Jimmy Hayes

Brian Boyle -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Mirco Mueller -- Will Butcher

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Ben Lovejoy, Dalton Prout

Injured: Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle), Kyle Palmieri (foot), Marcus Johansson (concussion)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Curtis Lazar

Kris Versteeg -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Brett Kulak -- Matt Bartkowski

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Freddie Hamilton, Tanner Glass, Rasmus Andersson

Injured: Jaromir Jagr (lower body), Travis Hamonic (lower body)

 

Status report

The Devils did not skate and the Flames held an optional skate Sunday. … Jagr will miss his sixth game. … The Flames recalled Andersson from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

 

Stat pack

Hischier has one assist in his past five games after earning six points (two goals, four assists) in his previous three. … Gaudreau has four points (goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.

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