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Friday, November 1st (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (7-4-2) at Calgary Flames (5-5-2), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago.

The Flames have split the first two of a three-game homestand, besting the Washington Capitals last Saturday before falling by a 4-2 score to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Matt Stajan and David Jones had goals and Karri Ramo stopped 18-of-21 shots, but Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier came up with 41 saves.

Calgary has lost three of four and five of its last seven overall, falling to 3-1-1 at home on the season.

"I felt that we had a good game. We are not very pleased with the result but I don't know what we could have done more. Offensively we generated a lot. Our forechecking was good. Our puck decisions in the offensive zone were very good but Bernier basically stole the game away from us," said Calgary coach Bob Hartley.

Ramo was making his third straight start and former Red Wings netminder Joey MacDonald is expected to face his old club tonight. MacDonald spent two seasons in Detroit before getting claimed off waivers by Calgary on Feb. 11.

The 33-year-old has faced the Red Wings just once prior, notching a 42-save shutout on March 27, 2009 while with the New York Islanders.

The Flames outscored the Red Wings 12-5 in winning all three meetings last season, winning twice at home.

Detroit has lost three of its past four in Calgary, but is coming off a 2-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday that began a four-game road trip. The Red Wings are 4-2-0 as the guest this season.

Daniel Alfredsson scored in a second straight game and Tomas Tatar notched his first goal of the season for the Red Wings, who snapped a four-game slide (0-2-2). Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.

"I've got to give the guys a lot of credit tonight," Howard said. "They did a great job in front of me."

Patrick Eaves made his season debut after missing the first 12 games due to a sprained knee and ankle injury, while Johan Franzen missed Wednesday's contest with an undisclosed injury.

Franzen is likely to return tonight and has logged just two goals and three assists in 12 games.

Howard is 7-5-0 with a 2.66 GAA in 12 career meetings with the Flames, while backup Jonas Gustavsson is 0-4-0 with a 4.61 GAA in five encounters.

Detroit is scheduled to visit Edmonton on Saturday and Gustavsson could get the start in that game given his past history versus Calgary. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.13 GAA in four games (3 starts) overall this season.

11/01 10:45:14 ET

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Schedule

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Montreal02nd Prd | Box
Tampa Bay0@theRink | TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS, FSN-FL
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Montreal leads series, 1-0.
Detroit01st Prd 10:10 | Box
Boston0@theRink | TV: NBCSN, TSN, FSN-DET, NESN
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Dallas 4/18 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @theRink | TV: NBCSN, TSN, FSN-SW
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Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
5th
NOR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
3rd
PIT 2
MIL 0
 
4th
WAS 1
STL 0
 
4th
CLE 0
TOR 0
 
2nd
DET 0
ANA 2
 
3rd
NYM 0
ATL 1
 
3rd
BOS 0
BAL 2
 
3rd
TAM 0
NYY 4
 
2nd
MIA 2
SEA 2
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
8:40pm Tonight
COL
PHI
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
1st Intermission
TAM 0
MON 0
 
1st
BOS 0
DET 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
5th
NOR 0
DUR 0