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New Jersey seeks third straight win; Lucic returns from suspension for Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (4-5-4) at FLAMES (9-7-2)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Milan Lucic will return from a two-game suspension when the Calgary Flames host the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

Lucic, who is expected to play with Mark Jankowski and Tobias Rieder on Calgary's fourth line, was suspended for roughing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood during a 3-0 win on Saturday.

The Flames, who are 5-1-1 at home this season, are 4-2-1 in the past seven games.  

The Devils have won two in a row following a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) and are 4-1-2 in the past seven games after starting the season 0-4-2. 

 

Players to watch

New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in a six-game point streak.

Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. 

 

They said it

"Lots of times in life things aren't as bad as they seem and they're not as good as they seem, either. You've got to make sure your focus level is right. We've addressed our group with that on both sides. The last couple games we've won, we've had the same mindset, same demeanor, same process. It's the same thing when we've lost." -- Devils coach John Hynes

"They've got a good team, a real good team. All the pieces they went out and acquired seem to fit real well. They're playing well. They're coming. They'll be a stern test but we're excited about the opportunity to play here tonight." -- Flames coach Bill Peters 

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Nikita Gusev

Jesper Boqvist -- Travis Zajac -- Blake Coleman

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- Wayne Simmonds

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Matt Tennyson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Mirco Mueller, John Hayden

Injured: Connor Carrick (right pinky finger), Jesper Bratt (upper body)

 
Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Sam Bennett -- Derek Ryan -- Alan Quine

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- Travis Hamonic

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Michael Frolik, Brandon Davidson

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)

 

Status report

Bratt, who has missed one game because of an upper-body injury, joined the Devils at morning skate but will not play. He could return at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. … Frolik will be a healthy scratch with Lucic returning to the lineup. … The Flames recalled Davidson and assigned defenseman Oliver Kylington to Stockton of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

 

Stat pack

Palmieri has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games. … Hughes has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Hischer has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Lindholm has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Gaudreau has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games. … Monahan has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games.

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