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Flames likely to scratch Gaudreau tonight vs. Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau

Calgary Flames’ rookie Johnny Gaudreau speaks to the media as team members show up for season-end activities in Calgary, Alberta, on Monday, April 14, 2014. Flames ended the season 27th in the NHL standings. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)


Looks as though Calgary’s tapped the brakes on the Johnny Gaudreau hype train.

Gaudreau, who’s gone pointless through five games this season, is expected to be a healthy scratch when the Flames take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday.

The reigning Hobey Baker winner hasn’t definitely been dropped from the lineup, though -- at least that’s what Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said during his pregame media availability. Hartley was coy about who’d be in and who’d be out; that said, the Flames did announced that recently-recalled Josh Jooris will draw in and make his NHL debut tonight while Gaudreau was skating with the extras during morning line rushes.

The 21-year-old phenom wowed onlookers during Calgary’s rookie camp and exhibition campaign, but has struggled to find similar form during the regular season. He played a season-low 10:21 against Chicago on Wednesday night and hasn’t registered a shot on goal in four games.