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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT, December 9, 2017
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta  Attendance: 18,552

Canucks continue to adapt without Horvat

Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames

  1. Vancouver lost, 4-1, at home to Philadelphia on Thursday night, snapping its three-game win streak in the process. The Canucks have now lost seven games by three or more goals in 2017-18 -- tied for second most in the Western Conference.
  2. Calgary defeated Montreal, 3-2, in overtime at Bell Centre on Thursday night, snapping its season-long three-game losing streak. The Flames are 6-2 (.750) in games needing either overtime or a shootout to determine a winner this season -- tied for fifth best in the league.
  3. These clubs have split two games this season, each beating the other on road while scoring five goals in the victory. Dating to February 19, 2016, the Flames are 4-1-0 vs. the Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  4. Brock Boeser potted Vancouver's lone goal Thursday night, giving him 14 markers on the year -- most of any rookie in the league entering play Friday night. Boeser has a goal and an assist in two career skates against the Flames.
  5. Sean Monahan lit the lamp twice Thursday night, earning first-star honors for the performance, and giving him three goals and a helper during his current three-game point streak. Monahan has three points (1g, 2a) in two skates against the Canucks this season.
  6. Calgary has killed 92.3 percent of its opponents' power-play opportunities in the last 10 games -- best of any team in hockey since November 20 (entering play Friday night). Vancouver has clicked on 36.7 percent of its chances with the man-advantage in its last 12 games (second best in the league since November 14).

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Vancouver Canucks have a huge gap to fill for at least the next month.

They began life on Thursday without top center Bo Horvat, who is out with a broken foot. He was injured Tuesday in a win over Carolina and watched the Canucks lose meekly 4-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers two days later.

The Canucks (14-11-4) are in action again Saturday evening when they visit the Calgary Flames.

"When you lose top guys in your lineup someone else has to step up," Canucks coach Travis Green told reporters in Vancouver.

"And a lot of times it's by committee. You can't expect one person to become Bo Horvat."

Horvat has 10 goals and 10 assists in 28 games and is second on the team behind rookie winger Brock Boeser.

The Canucks made a move late Thursday night to fill the roster spot, though it certainly won't replace the offense Horvat supplies.

They acquired forward Nic Dowd from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the third Subban brother, Jordan, a defensive prospect who is in the American Hockey League.

Dowd, a 27-year-old from Huntsville, Ala., has one assist in 16 games with the Kings this season. His first full NHL season of 2016-17 saw him register six goals and 22 points in 70 games.

The loss to Philadelphia derailed a nice run by the Canucks, who were looking for their fourth straight win.

"Home, road -- whatever. If there's two points up for grabs, we need to show up and give it everything we have. We had a good practice today and we'll be ready for Calgary," said Canucks defenseman Michael del Zotto on Friday.

The Flames (15-12-2) return home after a successful two-game trip where they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout on Wednesday and beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Thursday.

The win over Montreal snapped a three-game losing streak that also included a loss to Philadelphia on Monday.

Calgary's head coach Glen Gulutzan preached patience after the Montreal game.

"You can't ride the waves too high or too low, you've got to stick with your game and at the end of the day you can get there if you keep that perspective," he said.

The Flames will have pesky sophomore Matthew Tkachuk back in the lineup. The winger sat out a one-game suspension for a spearing incident in Toronto, his second spearing suspension of the season.

What's unknown is the status of Jaromir Jagr, who has missed the past two contests with a lower-body injury. The 45-year-old has missed 12 of the Flames' first 29 games and has one goal and six assists in what is looking more and more like his 25th and final NHL season.

This is the third meeting of the season for the Flames and Canucks. Calgary won 5-2 in Vancouver on Oct. 14 and the Canucks returned the favor with a 5-3 victory in Calgary on Nov. 7.

Updated December 8, 2017

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