Game Night: Sabers in Flames


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BUFFALO SABERS (20-33-8) at CALGARY FLAMES (37-16-7)

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Tonight, 7 p.m. MT, Scotiabank Saddledome

Television: Sportsnet West

RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

WHY WATCH?

WARM WELCOME

Flames fans, keep an eye out for the new No. 91 player. Trade acquisition Calle Jarnkrok was scheduled to arrive Thursday in Calgary and is expected to be in the home roster for this showdown with the Sabers. Remember, Blake Coleman and Tyler Toffoli buried in their Flaming C debut. No pressure, Calle. It will be fascinating to see how Darryl Sutter organizes his forward units. Many have Jarnkrok penciled in as a third-row centre, but he’s also comfortable on the wing.

POINT HEADS

FLAMES

Johnny Gaudreau—60 GP, 27 G, 52 A, 79 PTS, +44

Matthew Tkachuk – 60 GP, 28 G, 43 A, 71 PTS, +37

Elias Lindholm—60 GP, 30 G, 33 A, 63 PTS, +45

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SABERS

Tagus Thompson—56 GP, 24 G, 20 A, 44 PTS, -15

Jeff Skinner – 58 GP, 23 G, 18 A, 41 PTS, -12

Rasmus Dahlin – 58 GP, 8 G, 29 A, 37 PTS, -18

SPECIAL TEAMS

FLAMES: PP – 23.4% (T-10e); CP — 85.4% (4th)

SABERS: PP — 19.3% (21st); CP — 76.5% (21st)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

1. The Sabers are on the verge of the wrong type of story. They are set to miss the NHL’s Spring Dance for an 11th consecutive season, which will mark the longest playoff drought in league history. To their credit, they’ve been tough on some potential suitors lately, including a pair of wins — one inside, one outside — over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2. Raised just down the street in Okotoks, rookie forward Peyton Krebs will face the Flames for the first time. The 21-year-old was a key part of Buffalo’s return to Jack Eichel’s blockbuster. Krebs scored twice and was a career-best plus-4 at the Heritage Classic in Hamilton.

3. The Sabers began a three-game road tour with a 6-1 loss in a St. Patrick’s Day game against the Oilers in Edmonton. After a late arrival in Calgary, they will be looking to improve on their miserable 1-6-4 record on the second night of straight sets.

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