COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two groups at or close to the highest of the division standings who’ve every gone 6-Three-1 of their final 10 video games meet Tuesday night time when the Calgary Flames go to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flames (16-9-2) shall be seeking to prolong their profitable streak to a few video games after a Three-2 victory in Chicago over the Blackhawks on Sunday. Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan every scored objectives for Calgary.
The Blue Jackets (15-9-2) have been knocked out of the highest spot within the Metropolitan Division after a Three-2 loss on the highway Saturday night time on the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum.
Returning house ought to profit the Blue Jackets. They’ve Four-Zero-1 prior to now 5 video games at Nationwide Area and have gained three in a row. 9 of their 14 video games in December shall be performed at house.
The Blue Jackets really feel lucky to have defenseman Ryan Murray accessible towards the Flames after he blocked an Islanders shot within the third interval and left the ice Saturday night time.
Throughout Monday’s apply, he confirmed no in poor health results from what might have proved to be a critical harm.
“It is coming proper down major road. You are proper there. You are not going to maneuver out of the way in which,” he informed the crew’s web site. “You are hoping for the perfect. It might have been lots worse.
“We bought X-rays. Every little thing seemed good. I believed for certain it was damaged, truthfully. I used to be fairly lucky ultimately.”
Fueling the Blue Jackets’ current success is their energy play, which ranks 15th within the NHL at 20.Zero % however has transformed eight of its previous 28 makes an attempt (28.5 %).
The chief of the assault in current video games is correct winger Cam Atkinson, who with an help on Saturday night time established a profession excessive with some extent in 10 consecutive video games. He has 10 objectives and 6 assists throughout that streak, which is tied for the second longest in franchise historical past behind a 13-game streak by Ryan Johansen in 2014-15.
Atkinson’s linemate, middle Pierre-Luc Dubois, has saved tempo with seven objectives and eight assists prior to now eight video games. Almost a 3rd of the way in which by way of the season, Dubois has 13 objectives and 25 factors.
Their different lineman, left winger Artemi Panarin, leads the Blue Jackets with 27 factors (seven objectives, 20 assists).
Ahead Markus Hannikainen has contributed 5 factors within the final eight video games and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has skilled success towards the Flames prior to now, posting a 7-2-2 report with a 1.88 goals-against common and a .932 save share.
The Flames, who’ve gained three of their previous 4 video games, are led by dynamic ahead Johnny Gaudreau’s 31 factors (10 objectives, 21 assists). Sean Monahan is correct behind with 29 (15 objectives, 14 assists) and defenseman Mark Giordano has collected 21 factors (three objectives, 21 assists).
Flames coach Invoice Peters was undecided on Monday after apply whether or not Mike Smith (Eight-7-1) or David Rittich will begin in aim. Smith made 22 saves within the win at Chicago and Rittich has an Eight-2-1 report this season.
“We’re very fortunate,” Peters stated, based on the crew’s web site. “We have each goaltenders dialed in properly, making huge saves at key instances, and it looks like the choice you make, as a bunch, if you put the goaltender in, it looks like you are going to win the sport regardless of who you go together with.”
Peters was sure that former Blue Jackets ahead Dalton Prout shall be within the lineup after he was recalled from the American Hockey League. Prout has performed in a single sport for the Flames this season.
“Prouter shall be in for certain,” Peters stated. “He performed actual properly when he went all the way down to the American League and he is come again so we need to get him in some video games, get him right into a rhythm. They seem to be a huge robust crew, a heavy crew, plenty of o-zone grind time … he defends actual properly, a heavy physique up entrance. We’ll get him in and get him going once more.”
Austin Czarnik additionally will see ice time in a return to the Calgary lineup. In 17 video games, he has one aim and 4 factors.