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Vegas at Calgary
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Flames entered the 2017-18 season with high hopes, surely expecting to wind up in the playoffs and certainly not thinking they would be looking up at expansion Vegas in the standings. Instead, the Flames are limping to the finish line and will try to avoid a 10th loss in 11 games when they host the Pacific champion Golden Knights in Saturday's regular-season finale.

Calgary's stunning collapse has led to speculation over the future of coach Glen Gulutzan, who guided the Flames to the playoffs last season in his first year with the club. "I'm not getting into any of that," general manager Brad Treviling said. "That's an easy thing in sports to do. The first thing is to look at the coach. I think we've got a good coach." Vegas had a three-game winning streak halted in Thursday's 4-3 loss at Edmonton, but it has dominated the series with Calgary, winning all three meetings by a combined 15-5. The Golden Knights are 20-5-3 within the Pacific, a good sign since their first-round playoff opponent -- still to be determined -- will come against a division rival.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, AT&T Sportsnet-Rocky Mountain (Vegas), Sportsnet East, SN Ontario, SN West (Calgary)

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (51-23-7): William Karlsson had his three-game goal scoring streak snapped at Edmonton, but he has feasted on Calgary this season with four goals and a pair of assists in the three meetings. Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who sat out the past two games, and injured defenseman Luca Sbisa (hand) joined the team in Calgary and were at Friday's practice, although Sbisa will not play against the Flames. “It was good to get some time off, but now it’s time to get ready to play,” Marchessault said.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (36-35-10): Starting with a 4-0 shutout loss in Las Vegas on March 18, Calgary has scored nine goals in its last nine games and has been held to one tally or less seven times in that span. Rookie Spencer Foo has made an impact in his first three NHL games, firing seven shots on net versus Arizona on Tuesday before netting his first goal Thursday. "Just joy, I guess, and maybe a little bit of relief," Foo said. "It's nice to know that I'm able to get there. It’s a long time coming, and it feels pretty special."

OVERTIME

1. Marchessault has 10 points in his last eight games overall and four in three games versus Calgary.

2. Flames F Johnny Gaudreau set a career high with 82 points but has been held off the scoresheet in five straight games.

3. Vegas sent F Brandon Pirri back to Chicago of the American Hockey League after he scored three goals in two games.

PREDICTION: Golden Knights 4, Flames 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vegas 51-23-4-3 L1 29-10-1-1 22-13-3-2 14-1-0-1 37-22-4-2 20-5-3-0
Calgary 36-35-5-5 L2 16-20-3-1 20-15-2-4 3-3-1-1 33-32-4-4 11-14-1-2
Last Meeting
Vegas Calgary
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/18/18 CAL 0 VEG 4 31 42 1-2 42 27 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 3
Calgary R. Andersson 0
Goals Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 3
Calgary R. Andersson 0
Assists Player  
Vegas N. Schmidt 2
Calgary R. Andersson 0
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 42
Calgary M. Smith 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 80
Calgary J. Gaudreau 87
Goals Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 43
Calgary S. Monahan 34
Assists Player  
Vegas D. Perron 51
Calgary J. Gaudreau 62
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 1336
Calgary M. Smith 1635
Quickchart Matchup
Vegas Off vs  Calgary Def
3.3 GF
2.99 GA
32.8 Shots
31.2 Shots
53 PP
49 PK
Calgary Off vs  Vegas Def
2.58 GF
2.69 GA
33.7 Shots
30.7 Shots
42 PP
43 PK