Juuso Valimaki questionable for Sunday, Oliver Kylington might play

The Calgary Flames are in a bit of a good news/bad news situation regarding their young blueliners. Defenseman Juuso Valimaki missed Saturday’s practice with a lower-body injury, which may open the door for Oliver Kylington to play on Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Recalled from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat earlier this week, Kylington was paired with Travis Hamonic in Saturday’s skate. A second round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Kylington has suited up for one NHL game in his pro career – on April 9, 2016, in a meaningless Game 82 outing – and this would be his first big league appearance in two and a half years. By all accounts he’s been superb for the Heat so far this season.

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Projected defensive pairings would likely look like this in the two main scenarios:

Valimaki in Valimaki out
Giordano – Brodie Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic Hanifin – Andersson
Valimaki – Andersson Kylington – Hamonic

No other changes are expected to the Flames’ skaters, while it’s unclear which of David Rittich or Mike Smith would start in net.

  • Craftmatic4.0

    K, as far as Defense goes, last year I was in the trade TJ camp! I see now how that was a mistake! When he plays on the proper side, he is better! This overall defence impresses me! Curious to see one more new face! Gonna be interesting!