National Hockey League
Preview
Carolina at Calgary
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Flames were off for four days prior to Thursday's matchup against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes - a break coach Glen Gulutzan felt was necessary despite a stretch of four wins in five games. The Flames have been off since posting a 5-2 victory at Vancouver on Saturday, a triumph that came 24 hours after they endured a 6-0 drubbing at home against Ottawa.

"We're a little out of sync in a lot of areas," Gulutzan told reporters. "We have to sit back in the next couple of days and get a little stability. ... I really like stability, and right now, even for myself on the bench, we're a little chaotic." One area of stability for the Flames is in net, where veteran Mike Smith has started all six games in his first season with the team. Carolina, which is tied with Minnesota for the fewest games played in the NHL, is 1-1-0 on its four-game road trip after knocking off Edmonton 5-3 on Tuesday. Veteran Cam Ward, making his season debut after Scott Darling started the first three games in net, made the victory possible by turning aside 48 shots against Connor McDavid and company.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Carolinas, Sportsnet (Calgary)

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (2-1-1): Defenseman Jaccob Slavin earned the unenviable task of blanketing reigning Hart Trophy winner McDavid and played a game-high 27 1/2 minutes against Edmonton. He also delivered an insurance goal in the third period and set up another to finish with a plus-3 rating. "I think people are going to start to realize how good he is. As a group here, we already know that," center Jordan Staal told reporters. "The guy just plays heavy minutes. He's got a great stick, great vision and great hands."

ABOUT THE FLAMES (4-2-0): Calgary keeps putting itself on the defensive, snuffing out 22-of-24 power-play chances over its last four games - including all seven against Vancouver. "Our PKers, they did a good job," Gulutzan told reporters. "But we got lucky. You can’t do that. We’re dodging bullets here. And we’ve gotta get that cleaned up." Johnny Gaudreau is off to a fast start for the Flames with a team-leading two goals and seven assists.

OVERTIME

1. Flames RW Jaromir Jagr, who registered his first point in his third game with the club, was shifted to the No. 1 line with Gaudreau and C Sean Monahan.

2. The Hurricanes assigned D Trevor Carrick to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

3. Smith is 3-9-4 with a 2.77 goals-against average versus Carolina.

PREDICTION: Flames 4, Hurricanes 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Carolina 2-1-1-0 W1 1-0-1-0 1-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 2-1-1-0 0-0-1-0
Calgary 4-2-0-0 W1 1-1-0-0 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-2-0-0 3-1-0-0
Last Meeting
Carolina Calgary
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/26/17 CAL 3 CAR 1 35 21 1-2 24 34 0-0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Carolina N. Hanifin 1
Calgary J. Gaudreau 3
Goals Player  
Carolina V. Rask 1
Calgary J. Gaudreau 2
Assists Player  
Carolina N. Hanifin 1
Calgary T. Brodie 2
Saves Player  
Carolina E. Lack 21
Calgary B. Elliott 34
Season
Total Points Player  
Carolina J. Staal 9
Calgary J. Gaudreau 14
Goals Player  
Carolina T. Teravainen 5
Calgary S. Monahan 6
Assists Player  
Carolina J. Staal 6
Calgary J. Gaudreau 10
Saves Player  
Carolina C. Ward 108
Calgary M. Smith 286
Quickchart Matchup
Carolina Off vs  Calgary Def
2.75 GF
2.83 GA
32.5 Shots
36.3 Shots
4 PP
3 PK
Calgary Off vs  Carolina Def
2.83 GF
2.75 GA
31.7 Shots
31.5 Shots
5 PP
3 PK