Calgary hosts Vegas after Tkachuk’s 3-goal game
Vegas Golden Knights (40-29-5, fourth in the Pacific) vs. Calgary Flames (45-19-9, first in the Pacific)
Calgary, Alberta; Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Calgary hosts the Vegas Golden Knights after Matthew Tkachuk scored three goals in the Flames’ 5-3 victory over the Kraken.
The Flames are 15-7-2 against the rest of their division. Calgary is second in the Western Conference with 35.7 shots per game and is averaging 3.5 goals.
The Golden Knights are 15-6-2 against opponents from the Pacific. Vegas ranks seventh in the Western Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game, led by Jonathan Marchessault with 28.
Calgary beat Vegas 6-0 in the last meeting between these teams on Feb. 9. Andrew Mangiapane scored two goals for the Flames in the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with a plus-56 in 73 games this season. Noah Hanifin has 11 assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.
Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with 28 goals and has 60 points. Jack Eichel has six goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Flames: 7-2-1, averaging four goals, 6.7 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 6-3-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
INJURIES: Flames: Calle Jarnkrok: day to day (illness), Oliver Kylington: out (upper body), Erik Gudbranson: day to day (undisclosed).
Golden Knights: None listed.