NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
Winnipeg Jets (36-35-10) at Calgary Flames (35-38-7), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will bring their 2013-14 season to a
close on Friday evening as they visit the Calgary Flames.
The Jets are hoping to conclude their schedule with a fourth victory in six
games as they will miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. The
franchise has made the postseason only once since joining the NHL as the
Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 and this marked the club's third season since
relocating to Winnipeg.
Tonight marks the back end of games on consecutive nights for the Jets, who
bested the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday. Evander Kane had the
game-tying goal with 1:57 to play and Bryan Little potted the lone goal of the
It was another solid effort by netminder Michael Hutchinson. He made 16 saves
in a tough-luck 1-0 loss on Monday versus Minnesota in his NHL debut, then
stopped 32 shots through overtime last night before going perfect in the
shootout to win his first career game.
"I felt determined and relaxed out there," said Hutchinson, a 2008 draft pick
by Boston. "I just wanted to give the team a chance to win and fortunately we
came out flying in the third period and we definitely took the play to them
and we got rewarded with a goal."
The Jets will now try to secure just their second ever victory in Calgary.
They had gone 0-6-0 on the road versus the Flames dating back to their days in
Atlanta before notching a 5-2 victory in Calgary on Jan. 16.
That win also snapped Winnipeg's four-game slide overall to the Flames.
Calgary is coming off Wednesday's 4-3 shootout decision over the Los Angeles
Kings, one that pushed its winning streak to four straight. The Flames are on
their longest string of consecutive victories since claiming five straight
from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.
The Flames failed to hold a 3-0 lead versus the Kings but recovered in the
shootout. Jiri Hudler answered Marian Gaborik's shootout tally for the Kings
and Sean Monahan then supplied the winner in the fourth round.
Karri Ramo posted 41 saves in the victory.
"His progression has been unbelievable and right now he's making a name for
himself as a number one (goaltender)," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said of
Monahan also potted his 21st goal of the season, the most by a Flames rookie
since Jarome Iginla had 21 in 1996-97. T.J. Galiardi had a goal and an assist,
while Matt Stajan lit the lamp.
Calgary, which will end its regular season at Vancouver on Sunday, improved to
19-18-3 at home. That's an impressive number given that the club endured a
franchise-worst seven-game home losing streak at one point this season.
04/11 10:37:27 ET