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Thursday, January 26, 2017

NHL : Sens Welcome the Flames Thursday Night

The Ottawa Senators (26-15-5 SU, 26-20 ATS) sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and find themselves squarely in a playoff position after 46 games. On Thursday, the Sens will try to capitalize on home ice advantage at the Canadian Tire Centre, where they’ve posted a 14-7-5 record so far in 2016-17. Led by defenseman Erik Karlsson (7 goals, 32 assists) and right winger Mark Stone (16 goals, 19 assists), the Sens will look to win their seventh game out of their last nine. That success can be largely attributed to the surprising play of goaltender Mike Condon (2.52 goals against average, .914 save percentage), who has filled in admirably for starter Craig Anderson.

The Calgary Flames (24-24-3) will look to get back on track after losing badly to the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Tuesday night. The Flames have lost four straight, and six of their last seven games. They’ve struggled to keep the puck out of the back of their net recently, giving up 25 goals over their last five games. With an uncertain goaltending situation in Calgary, Chad Johnson has taken the starting job from Brian Elliott, but has still not found the consistency that the Flames’ young roster needs to be successful. Game time is 7:30 PM ET on Sportsnet West.

NHL : Sens Welcome the Flames Thursday Night

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The Calgary Flames (24-24-3) continue their Eastern Canadian road trip Thursday night (7:30 PM ET on Sportsnet West), and will try to end a four-game losing streak in Ottawa. Currently sitting in the last Wildcard spot in the Western Conference, the Flames will look for their young offensive stars to step up against the Sens.

The Ottawa Senators (26-15-5), meanwhile, have found stability in net in Mike Condon (2.52 goals against average, .914 save percentage) despite losing their starting goaltender, Craig Anderson, who has started only 19 games so far this season. The Sens have won six of their last eight games, and will look to extend the Flames’ woes with another home win at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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