Senators at Flames
Jaromir Jagr is one game into his 24th NHL season and will play his first home contest in Canada when the Calgary Flames host the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. The league's No. 2 career leading scorer, Jagr made his season debut Wednesday in Calgary's 4-3 overtime win at Los Angeles -- the Flames' third straight victory.
Signed to a one-year contract earlier this month, the 45-year-old Jagr acknowledged he didn't feel great in his Calgary debut, but he's thrilled with what he's seen from his new team. "The expectation is very high, and it should be," Jagr said. "There's a lot of great offensive players. The defense is fantastic. ... It's up to us how far we can go." Ottawa picked up its first victory in the opener of its three-game road trip through Western Canada and made a bit of history in the process. The Senators, who are still missing injured captain Erik Karlsson, outlasted Vancouver in a shootout 3-2 and became the first team to start a season with three consecutive shootouts.
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ABOUT THE SENATORS (1-0-2): While Karlsson remained in Ottawa, the Senators could get a boost along the blue line with the possibility of Johnny Oduya joining the team if he receives medical clearance. Craig Anderson has been in net for each of the first three games, but coach Guy Boucher said backup Mike Condon will get a start this weekend in the back-to-back against Calgary and Edmonton. Ottawa is 0-for-16 on the power play but has killed off all nine penalties.
ABOUT THE FLAMES (3-1-0): After being held off the scoresheet in the season opener, Johnny Gaudreau has seven points in the past three games after setting up a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Calgary's win at Los Angeles. Veteran Mike Smith has won three straight decisions and was outstanding in the two-game sweep of Anaheim and Los Angeles, turning aside 85 shots. “Our goalie, in my mind, has got us the last two, for sure," coach Glen Gulutzan said.
1. Jagr has feasted on Ottawa in his career with 44 goals and 90 points in 78 games.
2. F Mike Hoffman leads the Senators with 11 shots but also is a team-worst minus-4.
3. Calgary swept the two-game season series against Ottawa last season, including a 5-2 victory at home.