FGD: Going to Winnipeg (6pm MT, TSN3)

After taking the weekend off from preseason game action, the Calgary Flames are back at it as they try to trim their roster down to the regulation 23-man roster in time for the regular season to kick off in 10 short days. In the interim? They’re going to Winnipeg, for an exhibition game with the Jets.

The puck drops at 6 p.m. MT on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. TSN3 is carrying the game, as they usually do for Jets games, but I’m reasonably sure it’ll be blacked out. (Your mileage may vary.)

The Flames

The Flames have just 40 players in camp and Glen Gulutzan indicated on Sunday that a few players will get another chance to prove themselves tonight. Given the fact that there’s just 10 days to lock down the roster, it might be the last chance for a lot of players.

Via our pal Pat Steinberg (Hi, Pat!), the roster that’s headed to Winnipeg.

And lines (also via Pat):

Tkachuk – Monahan – Foo
Poirier – Jankowski – Hathaway
Cramarossa – Hrivik – Lazar
Gazdic – Dube – Lomberg

Wotherspoon – Kulak
Valimaki – Andersson
Bartkowski – Stone

Eddie Lack is starting tonight and is expected to go the full 60 minutes.

Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk are back after being put on the back-burner a bit due to some minor bumps and bruises. Also slotting back in is 19-year-old Dillon Dube, who will probably end up going back to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets before too long, but also has been arguably the most consistently noticeable player in the two games he’s played in.

The Jets

Winnipeg went through some cuts following their 6-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday night, bringing their roster down to a fairly manageable 19 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Michael Spacek and JC Lipon scored in the loss.

Projected lines for this evening (via Pat):

Connor – Scheifele – Wheeler
Ehlers – Petan – Laine
Perreault – Lowry – Dano
Matthias – Copp – Tanev

Enstrom – Byfuglien
Kulikov – Trouba
Chiarot – Poolman

Steve Mason starts.

History Lesson

Calgary and Winnipeg exchanged shutouts last preseason; the Flames won 3-0 and the Jets won 4-0, with the road team getting the victory each time. The Jets beat Calgary twice in the 2015 preseason.

Sum It Up

The Flames are coming off a win against Arizona on Friday and probably their best performance team-wise of the exhibition calendar. Another strong game from the gentlemen wearing the Flaming C might make a few decisions very tough for general manager Brad Treliving over the next week.

  • Cheeky

    Wow does Bartowski suck. Giveaway central with him. He had at least 4 giveaways on 1 pp and each time he was on either giveaway or goal for Jets. Ugh is all I can say so he’s probably a sho in for staying. He dragged Stone (who wasn’t that good either) down, even Wideman would be an improvement (and I threw up a little just saying that).

    Wotherspoon/Kulak looked good together with Spooner looking like he should have the 6th spot (so guarenteed he gets sent down). Dube will be awesome for us down the toad and Janko has to start here. Lazar, not so much….Foo needs AHL time but Poirier impressed me.
    # always given never earned…

  • The Doctor

    Not a ton to be super happy about but clearly the braintrust were using this as an evaluation game. The problem with that, though, is that the line combinations are so thrown together there’s often no chemistry and it makes evaluation difficult. That said I agree that the brighter spots were Wotherspoon and Ras among the Dmen. Dube and Janko up front, Of course Monahan and MT were good even when sort of mailing it in. Bartkowski was terrible and so were Lack and Stone IMO.

    • Off the wall

      I didn’t think Lack was bad. He let in a weird one, but his d should have helped him find the puck.
      4 PP goals, 3 were unstoppable imo.
      More disappointing to see Bartkowski wear a letter!

  • freethe flames

    I missed the game but on my way home I heard both Loubo and Stieneberg say that the best line 5 on 5 tonight for the Flames was the Poirier/Janko/Hathaway line. Did it look good enough to be the Flames 4th line?