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Cats look to snap ugly six-game home losing streak
- WHEN: 4:00 p.m. ET
- WHERE: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
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- ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks and Gasoline
- FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (0-0-1)
- LAST MEETING: @CGY 6, FLA 5 (SO) (Recap) – 10/24/2019
- NEXT MEETING: Stanley Cup or 2020-21
- PROJECTED STARTERS: Montembeault (5-4-1 .890/ 3.37 0SO) vs Talbot (9-10-1 .914/ 2.83 1SO)
- PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary
The Calgary Flames will conclude what could’ve been an exceptional five-game road trip on Sunday afternoon against the slumping Florida Panthers.
Calgary started the trip with a 4-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings before knocking off a Stanley Cup contender, the Boston Bruins, 5-2.
But, on Thursday, the Flames gave up a tying goal in heartbreaking fashion — with just 0.1 seconds left — and then lost 4-3 in overtime to the Nashville Predators. And, on Saturday, the Flames dropped another 4-3 affair, this one to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The tally for Calgary on this trip so far is 2-1-1, and — despite the two consecutive disappointments — the Flames are optimistic now that they are at virtually full health. Captain Mark Giordano, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, returned from a hamstring injury on Thursday. Calgary’s emotional engine, Giordano eats minutes and plays on both the power play and penalty kill.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will enter Sunday’s game coming off two straight defeats, including a 3-2 shootout home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Florida’s fourth loss in its past five games.
In addition, it was Florida’s sixth straight home loss.
The Panthers got goals from Mike Hoffman and Mike Matheson against Chicago. They also got 27 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.
Hoffman has a goal in five straight games and leads the Panthers with 27 this season. Matheson, a defenseman, has eight goals, tying his total from last season, when he was two short of his career high. And Bobrovsky has lost three of his past four games.
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