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Flames’ Bennett a game time decision

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Calgary Flames’ rookie Sam Bennett is a game time decision for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Flames recalled Bennett on Friday after the North Bay Battalion swept his Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

The 18-year-old was limited to just 11 regular season games with Kingston after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Bennett had 11 goals and 24 points before adding three assists in four playoff games.

The 6-foot-1, 181-pound center was the fourth overall selection at last June’s NHL Draft.

Goalie Nods: Halak looks to bump slump vs. Sabres


Halak gets the nod for the Isles

Jaroslav Halak will look to get back on track against the lowly Buffalo Sabres Saturday night. Halak has lost two of three starts while allowing 10 goals on 101 shots. He gave up three goals on 39 shots in the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday. New York has lost four of five, but can clinch a playoff berth with a regulation win tonight.

Andrey Makarov gets the start for Buffalo.


Penguins at Blue Jackets: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Canucks at Jets: Eddie Lack vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Red Wings at Wild: Jimmy Howard vs. Devan Dubnyk

Devils at Rangers: Cory Schneider vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Lightning at Panthers: Ben Bishop vs. Roberto Luongo

Capitals at Senators: Braden Holtby vs. Andrew Hammond

Leafs at Bruins: James Reimer vs. Tuukka Rask

Stars at Predators: Jhonas Enroth vs. Pekka Rinne

Sharks at Coyotes: Antti Niemi (unconfirmed) vs. Mike Smith

Flames at Oilers: Karri Ramo vs. Ben Scrivens

Avalanche at Kings: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jonathan Quick

Saturday’s clinching scenarios: Isles, Caps eye playoff spots


The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders can clinch playoff spots with wins on Saturday.

Washington visits the Ottawa Senators in the second of a three-game road trip. The Capitals are looking to get back to the post-season after missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons last year.

The Capitals need a regulation win tonight to clinch.

A win in Ottawa won’t be easy though. The Senators are in a fight for their own playoff lives and sit three points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.

Washington won both meetings between the two clubs by identical 2-1 margins and will look for the season series sweep tonight.

The Capitals enter tonight’s action as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.

A Washington regulation win coupled with a New York victory over the Buffalo Sabres will clinch a playoff spot for the Islanders.

The Islanders enter tonight’s action with just one win in their last five.

New York and Buffalo have split the first two games in the season series.

The Islanders are looking to clinch a postseason berth for the second time in three seasons.

New York is currently third in the Metropolitan Division.

The Minnesota Wild can clinch if they beat the Red Wings in regulation or overtime and the Flames lose in regulation.

If the Flames lose to Oilers in a shootout or overtime, the Wild would also require the Jets or Kings to lose in regulation. Minnesota can also clinch if the Jets and Kings lose in regulation and the Wild beat the Wings in regulation or overtime.

Minny can also clinch with a shootout win if the Flames lose in any fashion and the Jets or Kings lose in regulation. The Wild will also clinch with a shootout victory if both the Kings and Jets lose in regulation.

The Wild cannot clinch a playoff berth Saturday if they lose in any fashion.

Vancouver would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Jets in regulation and either the Flames lose in any fashion or the Kings lose in regulation.

The Canucks can also clinch if they beat the Jets in overtime and the Flames lose in any fashion and the Kings lose in regulation.

If the Canucks defeat the Jets in a shootout, both the Flames and Kings would need to lose in regulation in order for Vancouver to clinch.

Vancouver cannot clinch tonight if they lose to the Jets.

No supplemental discipline for Bollig after boarding Jackman


Calgary’s Brandon Bollig won’t face any disciplinary hearing for his hit on St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman Thursday night, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Here’s the incident in question. Bollig was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct:

Jackman left the game momentarily but did return, and finished with over 17 minutes of ice time.

The Department of Player Safety opted not to further punish Bollig despite his history as a repeat offender; during last year’s playoffs, he was suspended two games for boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard.

Monahan lands in Flames’ record book


Sean Monahan became the youngest player in Calgary Flames history to register 30 goals in a season when he reached the mark Thursday night.

Monahan had the lone goal in the Flames’ 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

According to TSN, Monahan passed Dan Quinn as the youngest member of the Flames to reach the 30-goal plateau.

“I guess putting the puck in the net in this league is tough so its pretty cool to get 30, but it doesn’t mean much after a game like that,” said Monahan postgame. “It’s goals and it’s linemates putting the puck on my stick so its something I’ll think about I guess later on in the season – how lucky and fortunate I was to play with guys like that.

“That’s the thing that will probably stick out most.”

As for his secret to finding the net, Monahan said its about being in the right areas on the ice.

“I just try to find the quiet areas and go to the right spot and lucky enough I play with the right players,” he said. “It makes it easy for me to get those chances and put the puck in the net.”

Flames’ coach Bob Hartley believes its a sign of things to come for the forward.

“[Monahan] has been probably our most consistent player all year,” said Hartley. “He’s only 20-years-old. I think there’s lots of bright spots.”

Monahan reached the milestone faster than a few notable Flames including Theoren Fleury and Joe Nieuwendyk.