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Aubrey Yates
April 20, 2019

James Neal will be a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames when they try to avoid elimination in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN, ALT).

These Original Six rivals had their first Over of the series on Wednesday night, with Boston winning 6-4, easily surpassing the National Hockey League odds on the total of 6, which has been the same number the entire series. The 37-year-old Smith has been a workhorse for the Flames making 99 saves on 108 shots in Games 3 and 4 at Denver's Pepsi Center. Mikko Rantanen scored a team-high two goals for the Avalanche in the victory.

However, like the regular season, Neal simply hasn't produced.

He had seven goals and 19 points in 63 games with the Flames during the regular season.

If anyone was betting on who was going to throw punches on Wednesday night, they probably wouldn't have put their money on Elias Lindholm for the Flames and Alex Kerfoot for the Avalanche. "We've just got to win a game here", Monahan said.

Perhaps the biggest story over Game 3 was Colorado's execution on the power play, especially early on, as each of MacKinnon's two first period goals came with the man advantage.

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Peters said he watched Game 4's 3-2 overtime loss on the flight from Denver back to Calgary on Thursday.

No time to hang their heads, though. "So, I think everyone has got to step up and we got to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net".

Gaudreau had yet to score in the series. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had one goal and three assists between them in being swept by the Blue Jackets; while Sidney Crosby only had an assist as Pittsburgh lost four straight to the New York Islanders. "We're going to win and we're going to lose as a team, and we need more across the board".

Keeping them in games is goaltender Mike Smith, who's stopped 99 of 108 shots over the last two contests.

Just the sort of boost the team was hoping for with Game 5 on Friday in Boston. Later, Colorado withstood a penalty on Ian Cole for a delay after the defenceman sent the puck out of play on a clear. "We've faced a lot of adversity and if there's any group I believe in and know they can do it, it's this group right here".

"I'm like a baby learning how to walk right now", Montgomery said. Morgan Rielly added two assists for Toronto. "We kept playing our game".

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