FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

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Set­tle it be­fore a shootout

The first three games of the sea­son have been de­cided by a skills con­test and the Sen­a­tors don’t want to work over­time. This is the start of 19 back-to-back games this sea­son. The best bet is to wrap this one up and get to Ed­mon­ton.

Play the kids

Guy Boucher dressed seven de­fence­men so he only went with 11 for­wards Tues­day in Van­cou­ver. Ei­ther Alex For­men­ton or Lo­gan Brown should suit up this one be­cause it makes sense with an­other game Satur­day night.

Get a power-play goal

The Sen­a­tors have hit the 0-for-16 mark with the man ad­van­tage through three games this sea­son. It wasn’t very good in Van­cou­ver and the pres­sure is mount­ing. There will be a col­lec­tive sigh of re­lief if they can get one.

Stick with Fred­die

De­fence­man Fredrik Claes­son with the club’s time-on-ice leader against the Canucks with 26:51. Those are big min­utes but he played well and that’s why the Sen­a­tors ap­pre­ci­ate what he brings to the ta­ble. He won’t be in a pla­toon role this year.

Keep get­ting the saves

If the Sen­a­tors de­cide to go with Mike Con­don against the Flames then he needs to pick up where Craig An­der­son left off by stop­ping 55 of the last 58 shots he’s faced in the last two games. Those are solid num­bers and what the club needs.

Jaromir Jagr made his Cal­gary Flames de­but on Wed­nes­day night.

JOHNNY GAU­DREAU

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