NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, December 21st
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (14-17-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-13-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Columbus' current losing streak began with a loss in
Calgary. The Blue Jackets hope to avoid a season high-tying fifth setback in a
row this evening as they host the Flames at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus kicked off a three-game swing through western Canada with a 3-2
overtime setback in Calgary and went 0-1-2 on the tour. The Blue Jackets then
returned home on Saturday to host the Stars and lost, 2-1, in regulation.
Fedor Tyutin had a goal and Mathieu Garon made 21 saves for the Blue Jackets,
who had a potential go-ahead goal waived off late in the second period due to
goaltender interference on Ethan Moreau, though no penalty was called.
"They said it was goaltender contact ... in the crease," said Blue Jackets
head coach Scott Arniel. "We looked at it and we feel Ethan was outside the
blue paint. [Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen] came out to challenge [the puck]
and ran into him and proceeded to throw his arms in the air. Ethan's feet were
planted and really there is not much you can do, you're not going to change a
Columbus has lost 10 of its last 12, including a season-worst five in a row
from Nov. 26-Dec. 4. It dropped the opener of a three-game homestand and fell
to 8-8-1 as the host this year.
The Flames, meanwhile, opened a three-game road trip on Monday with a 4-1 loss
in Minnesota, getting swept in a home-and-home set with the Wild. It was
Calgary's fourth straight road setback and 10th in its last 12 as the guest.
Olli Jokinen scored the Flames' lone goal on Monday to help the Flames tie the
game in the second period, but Calgary was lit up for three goals in the final
period. Miikka Kiprusoff gave up three goals on 22 shots.
The Flames have won both of their meetings so far this year versus the Blue
Jackets, giving them a win in four of five and six of the last nine meetings.
Calgary's 6-2 victory in Columbus on Oct. 22 was its second in a row at
Nationwide Arena after losing four straight there.
Garon is likely to start for the Blue Jackets and is 8-4-1 with a 2.09 goals-
against average versus the Flames. He hasn't started either game this season,
but did make a relief appearance in the overtime loss in Calgary.
Kiprusoff made 22 saves in the home win last week, improving to 14-5-2 with a
2.05 GAA versus Columbus. Backup Henrik Karlsson made his NHL debut in
Columbus on Oct. 22, making 20 saves for the win.
Calgary's Jarome Iginla had two goals in the last meeting and has 22 tallies
and 46 points in 38 career games in this series.
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