The final game of the Penticton Young Stars Classic tournament for your Calgary Flames will also be the final game of the tournament as a whole, as they face-off against the host Vancouver Canucks (6pm MT; Fan 960 and Flames.com webcast).
Hopefully there’s no line brawl..
The Flames split their two games thus far, with a 6-4 win over the Jets and a 4-3 loss to the dang Oilers. The Canucks have yet to win a game at their own tournament, with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers and a 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets. The Canucks are desperately going to try to get a win to save face, while the Flames would love to make up for a penalty parade that cost them their game on Saturday night.
The Flames have gotten goals from Johnny Gaudreau (2), Michael Ferland (2), Sam Bennett, Josh Jooris, John Ramage and Markus Granlund. Joni Ortio and Mason McDonald have split the two starts.
Keep an eye on Johnny Gaudreau tonight, but also on Markus Granlund, who was superb against the Jets.
Lines, care of Pat Steinberg:
Gaudreau – Bennett – Carroll
Hathaway – Elson – Smith
Ferland – Granlund – Jooris
Klimchuk – Arnold – Van Brabant
Gedig – Ramage
Kanzig – Kulak
Sieloff – Culkin
The Canucks have gotten goals from Curtis Valk (3), Hunter Shinkaruk (2), Dane Fox and Brendan Gaunce. Austin Lotz and Jackson Whistle, a pair of WHL goalies, have split netminding duties so far.
They have a pretty decent stable of prospects at the tournament, though many of their key kids are on the shelf. Cole Cassels and Jared McCann have mono, while Jake Virtanen is recovering from shoulder surgery. But the group that’s healthy still includes Shinkaruk, Gaunce, Bo Horvat, Jordan Subban, Nick Jensen… It’s not a bad group!
They just haven’t had any darn luck, is all.
Per Steinberg: The Canucks are dressing their (healthy) big guns, including a Shinkaruk – Horvat – Jensen line.
Update: Canucks lines tonight per the Flames’ site’s Torie Peterson:
Fox – Horvat – Jensen
Shinkaruk – Valk – Zalewicki
James – Gaunce – Wilson
Bellerive – Revel – Martin
Cederholm – Humphries
Stewart – Corrado
McEneny – Blain
SUM IT UP
Pride is on the line for these two clubs! Can the Canucks get a win in their own tournament? Can the Flames go home with a winning record? Can the Flames avoid penalty trouble against another bitter rival?
We’ll find out tonight!