The Calgary Flames have began their Young Stars Classic experience in a very typical way: a split. They lost to Edmonton and then beat Vancouver. With one game left at the event against the Winnipeg Jets prospects, they can live up to the immortal words of Meat Loaf with a victory: two outta three ain’t bad.
The action begins at 11:30 a.m. MT and is being streamed on the Flames site and carried live on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
The Baby Flames lost 4-2 to Edmonton but trounced Vancouver 6-2 on Sunday. They’re facing a Jets club that has won zero games and been out-scored 7-2, and will probably be interested in preserving some dignity.
Lines from Pat Steinberg:
Brett Pollock  – Brad Morrison  – Matthew Phillips 
Dillon Dube  – Glenn Gawdin  – Spencer Foo 
Mark Rassell  – Ben Hawerchuk  – Hunter Smith 
Sam Dove-McFalls  – Adam Ruzicka  – Zack Fischer 
Juuso Valimaki  – Rasmus Andersson 
Josh Healey  – Kayle Doetzel 
Adam Ollas-Mattsson  – Tyson Helgesen 
Mason McDonald starts. No Tyler Parsons, as per Wes Gilbertson he’s nursing a minor injury so he’s out for precautionary reasons. Also, no D’Artagnan Joly (at all) and Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane get the morning off. Keep an eye on Glenn Gawdin, who’s asserting himself rather well.
Winnipeg lost 4-2 to Vancouver and 3-0 to Edmonton, so they’re just hoping to have a good showing today and be in some way competitive.
Jets lines from Sunday:
Skyler McKenzie – Jansen Harkins – Mason Appleton
Francis Beauvillier – Tyler Boland – Michael Spacek
Cristiano DiGiancinto – Kody McDonald – Kameron Kielly
Mathieu Sevigny – Kristian Reichel – Jordy Stallard
Logan Stanley – Leon Gawanke
Sami Niku – Luke Green
Michael Webster – Antoine Crete-Belzile
Mikhail Berdin and Jamie Phillips have each gotten a full game in, so theoretically the Flames will see Cole Kehler in net. Tucker Poolman is expected to play his first game of the pre-preseason in a pairing with Jake Kulevich, but it’s unclear which two blueliners will rotate out for them. Keep an eye on Kristian Reichel, son of Flames cult hero Robert Reichel – who was an offensive dynamo in the 1990s.
The Flames have beaten Winnipeg at the Young Stars Classic in each of the last three years. Prior to that, the tournament’s format was a little bit different so they didn’t play each other.
Sum It Up
The Flames are trying to come home with a winning record, and are facing the only team in Penticton with zero wins.