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Game Preview: Putting Out the Flames

Columbus looks to avenge their earlier listless loss to the Flames as the western Canada road trip continues.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Calgary Flames

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Calgary Flames
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 9:00 EST
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Game Faceoff

When these teams last met, Columbus suffered through a listless 2-0 loss at home. November 23 also happened to be the last time Columbus went a game without notching points of any kind.

Tonight, Columbus has a chance to avenge that loss as they close out the season series against the Flames. The Blue Jackets are obviously on a hot streak, having won 7 straight games and notched 8-0-1 in the last night since the last time these two teams met. How better to continue this winning streak than to avenge the last loss?

Columbus currently sits 3 points back of the Metro lead with a few games in hand (seriously, can any of the teams at the top of this division lose? Except you, Philadelphia, we know you can, you have played 5 more games than we have, so I don’t really care about you).

There will be no lineup changes for the Blue Jackets tonight and, really, why would there be? This team has been on a tear lately and I have every expectation that they keep it rolling tonight.

Go Jackets. May the force CF% be with us.

(Also, go see Rogue One. Immediately after this game ends. Who cares that you won’t get home till 3 AM, it’s so worth it.)

PROBABLE LINEUPS

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Markus Nutivaara Ryan Murray
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau Sam Bennett Alex Chiasson
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg Sean Monahan Troy Brouwer
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan Lance Bouma
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Dennis Wideman
Jyrki Jokipakka Dennis Seidenberg
Chad Johnson
Brian Elliott