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NHL Preview: Calgary Flames (25-18-10) at Ottawa Senators (24-24-3)


February 11, 2023 – CALGARY FLAMES [7] vs. BUFFALO SABRES [2]
The Calgary Flames continued on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip in Buffalo for a matinee game against the Sabres. Buffalo opened the scoring courtesy of Tage Thompson just under eight minutes into the first on the powerplay, followed by a Casey Mittelstadt goal to make it 2-0 Sabres through 20. The Flames offense exploded for four goals in the second, starting with Jakob Pelletier’s first NHL goal. Mikael Backlund scored just 20 seconds later, followed by Dennis Gilbert’s first goal as a Flame and Nazem Kadri to make it 4-2 Flames through 40. In the final frame, Tyler Toffoli netted a pair and assisted Dillon Dube for a three-point period. Dube’s goal gave him four points on the night for the first time in his career and the Flames put up a ‘touchdown’ the day before Super Bowl Sunday with a 7-2 win. CGY GOAL SCORERS: Pelletier (1), Backlund (10), Gilbert (1), Kadri (20), Toffoli (20, 21), Dube (13) GOALIE: Markstrom (21/23 .913 Sv%)
PP: 1/3 (33%)
PK: 2/3 (66%)

February 11, 2023 CGY [7] at BUF [2] Gilbert Markstrom Luukkonen
February 9, 2023 CGY [1] at DET [2] Zadina Vladar Husso
February 6, 2023 CGY [4] at NYR 5 Lafrenière Markstrom Halak
January 27, 2023 CGY [5] at SEA [2] Zadorov Vladar Jones
January 26, 2023 CHI [5] vs. CGY [1] Katchouk Markstrom Stauber
*shootout winning goal

February 13, 2023 5:30pm at Ottawa Senators Canadian Tire Centre
February 16, 2023 7:00pm vs. Detroit Red Wings Scotiabank Saddledome
February 18, 2023 8:00pm vs. New York Rangers Scotiabank Saddledome
February 20, 2023 2:00pm vs. Philadelphia Flyers Scotiabank Saddledome
February 22, 2023 7:30pm at Arizona Coyotes Mullett Arena

This is the first of two matchups this season between the Flames and Senators. The Flames and Senators split the season-series last year. This is a Pacific Division versus Atlantic Division matchup; The Flames have an overall record of 4-5-2 against Atlantic Division opponents this season and a record of 10-9-6 against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Flames last trip to Ottawa came back in November of 2021, prevailing 4-0. Andrew Mangiapane, Elias Lindholm and Nikita Zadorov all scored for Calgary, and Dan Vladar made 27 saves to earn his first NHL shutout and was named the First Star. The Flames were midway through a season-long seven game road trip at the time and following the win would go 3-0-1 on the rest of the trip.

27-21-4-4 17-9-1-1 10-12-3-3 4-5-1 L1

Calgary Flames vs. Ottawa Senators
7:30pm ET
Canadian Tire Centre
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet Fan 960

2022-23 Season Series: 0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road 0-0-0)
Feb. 13, 2023 – CGY at OTT
Mar. 12, 2023 – OTT at CGY

2021-22 Season Record vs. OTT: 1-1-0
Last Home Win vs. OTT: May 9, 2021 –Ottawa [1] vs. Calgary [6]
Last Road Win @ OTT: November 14, 2021 – Calgary [4] at Ottawa [0]
Last Home Loss vs. OTT: January 13, 2022 – Ottawa [4] vs. Calgary [1]
Last Road Loss @ OTT: March 24, 2021 – Calgary [1] at Ottawa [3]

Feb. 5 – recalled Jakob Pelletier (F) and Dennis Gilbert (D) from Calgary (AHL)
Feb. 6 – activated Chris Tanev (D) from IR

FLAMES RECENT INJURIES (Total man games lost – 42)
Noah Hanifin – illness (1 game: Oct. 21)
Chris Tanev – upper-body (5 games: Nov. 3 – Nov. 10)
Jonathan Huberdeau – upper-body (3 games: Nov. 8 – Nov. 12)
Michael Stone – lower-body (11 games: Nov. 7 – Nov. 25)
MacKenzie Weegar – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 12)
Elias Lindholm – upper-body injury (1 game: Dec. 12)
Chris Tanev – upper-body injury (3 games: Dec. 14 – Dec. 18)
Radim Zohorna – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 18)
Dennis Gilbert – lower-body injury (4 games: Dec. 20 – Dec. 27)
Brett Ritchie – upper-body injury (8 games: Jan. 8 – Jan. 26)
Chris Tanev – injury reserve (2 games: Jan. 26 – Jan. 27)
Rasmus Andersson – day-to-day (2 game: Feb. 9 – Feb. 11)


LAST GAME: Feb. 11, 6-3 loss vs. Edmonton: McDavid paced the Oilers with three points (one goal, two assists) as Ottawa’s four-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-3 loss at Canadian Tire Centre. The contest extended McDavid’s road point streak to 17 games matched for the second-longest run among all active skaters. Goals in the first two periods from McDavid, Hyman (on a penalty shot) and McLeod (shorthanded) for the visitors along with Sanderson, Giroux and Brannstrom (with his first goal in 120 games) saw the contest knotted 3-3 heading into the final stanza. The Oilers then provided three unanswered goals in the third period from Puljujarvi, Ryan (shorthanded) and Nugent-Hopkins to establish the afternoon’s final score. Campbell earned the win for Edmonton in making 26 saves while Forsberg took the loss for Ottawa in turning aside 31 of the 37 shots he faced before leaving due to injury at 14:37 of the third period. Sogaard stopped each of the three shots he faced in relief. Scratches: Watson, Zaitsev; Injuries: Norris, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 29, EDM – 40; PP: OTT – 1-4, EDM – 1-5.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Calgary will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and RDS. On the radio,
the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa heads to Long Island to take on the N.Y. Islanders tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The contest will mark the third of three regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at UBS Arena.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris, D Sanderson and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Flames this evening. Total man-games lost: 179.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled G Mandolese from Belleville (AHL) on Feb. 12.

OTTAWA vs. CALGARY – History:
2022-23 (0-0-0): Feb. 13 @ Ottawa, March 12 @ Calgary
2021-22 (1-1-0): 11/14/21 @ Ottawa (4-0 loss), 1/13/22 @ Calgary (4-1 win)
Series record: Overall: 25-24-4-3; Home: 15-8-3-2; Away: 10-16-1-1
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 3/24/21 (3-1); @ Calgary: 1/13/22 (4-1)
Last Calgary win: @ Ottawa: 11/14/21 (4-0); @ Calgary: 5/9/21 (6-1)
Last OT result: 1/26/17 (3-2 OT loss) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 3/7/21 (4-3 SO win) @ Calgary
Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (4x, Last: 2/25/21, 6-1 win); Allowed: 10, (1/15/94, 10-0 loss); Both teams: 12, (11/5/92, 8-4 loss)
Last Game: 1/13/22, 4-1 win @ Calgary; OTT Goals: Paul (x2), Batherson, C. Brown; CGY Goal: Tkachuk; OTT Scratches:
Gaudette, Heatherington, Mete; OTT Injuries: Stützle, Pinto, White, Zaitsev; OTT Goalie: Murray; CGY Goalie: Markstrom; OTT PP: 0-3; CGY PP: 0-1; Shots: 34-28.

Career vs. Edmonton: Brassard leads all players in career games played (27), in goals (seven), in points (19) and is tied with Giroux in assists (12); Watson leads in penalty minutes (39) against Calgary.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 14-12-1 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 14 goals at home while Stützle and Brady Tkachuk maintain the club lead with 17 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 27 home games, Stützle leads the team with 31 points on home ice … The Senators earned a record of 15-22-4 at home through 41 home contests in 2021-22.

FRANCHISE RECORD: Ottawa has posted an all-time record of 1,028-1,006-115-179 over 2,328 games … The Senators are 562-447-60-98 through 1,167 all-time home games and 466-559-55-81 through 1,161 all-time road games.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their sixth set of the season this evening when the team hosts Calgary ahead of visiting the N.Y. Islanders tomorrow night … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (3-2-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (3-2-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 52 for 193 (26.9%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 11 powerplay goals while also maintaining the club lead with 22 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 13 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 145 of the 180 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 80.6% through 51 regular-season games … The team has registered five (Joseph x2, Watson x2, Motte) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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