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Hamonic back for Calgary; St. Louis begins three-game trip through Western Canada

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

BLUES (13-4-1) at FLAMES (9-7-0)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-MW, NHL.TV


The Game

Defenseman Travis Hamonic will return to the lineup when the Calgary Flames complete a season-long seven-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues.

Hamonic, who was injured in practice on Nov. 4, has missed three games because of a lower-body injury. 

The Flames are 4-2-0 during the homestand after starting 1-4-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome and 4-1-0 in their past five games after going 1-4-0 in their previous five.

The Blues have nine wins in their past 12 games (9-2-1) and open a three-game trip through Western Canada. St. Louis, which is 6-2-1 on the road this season, leads the Western Conference with 27 points.


Players to watch

Blues forward Brayden Schenn has two goals and seven assists in a four-game point streak, and 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 18 games.

Flames forward Micheal Ferland has three goals and one assist in a three-game point streak, and five goals in his past eight games.


They said it

"I feel like the last couple of games we're getting complacent in our game and we've got to find that again. We've got to find a way to play a consistent game. It's a great opportunity tonight against a good team." -- Blues goaltender Jake Allen

"When you play a team with that much confidence, you have to try to make it so that they don't want to play at the beginning of the game and get them a little bit discouraged." -- Flames forward Troy Brouwer


Blues projected lineup

Alexander Steen -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Beau Bennett

Vladimir Sobotka -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Magnus Paajarvi

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Curtis Lazar -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Stajan, Freddie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: None


Status report

The Blues and Flames each held an optional skate Monday. … Bennett will return to the lineup in place of Paajarvi. …The Flames are assigned defenseman Rasmus Andersson to Stockton of the American Hockey League to activate Hamonic from injured reserve.


Stat pack

Tarasenko has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games. Schwartz has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his previous six games and 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his previous 13. … Gaudreau (four goals, six assists) and Monahan (three goals, five assists) are each on a six-game point streak.

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