Flames shuffle lines, Travis Hamonic absent at Friday’s practice

The Calgary Flames hit the practice ice on Friday afternoon at the Stampede Corral as they began preparations for their Saturday night game with the Vancouver Canucks. The skate saw a single absence and a few line shuffles.

Defenseman Travis Hamonic was absent from the practice. He blocked a shot with his hand during Thursday’s win in Winnipeg but finished the game.

Lines at practice were as follows:

  • Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
  • Tkachuk – Backlund – Czarnik
  • Bennett – Jankowski – Neal
  • Frolik – Ryan – Hathaway
  • Giordano – Brodie
  • Hanifin – Andersson
  • Kylington – Prout

Alan Quine’s departure shuffles Sam Bennett back to the third line, while Austin Czarnik slides in alongside Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund. If Hamonic is good to go tomorrow, presumably the bottom two pairings remain status quo – Hamonic with Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson with Oliver Kylington.

Johnny Gaudreau was a regular participant and seemed no worse for wear after Dustin Byfuglien’s slash late in Thursday’s game.

Mike Smith was in the “starter’s net,” but often that hasn’t been an indicator of much this season.

For what it’s worth, Michael Stone and Andrew Mangiapane have stalls in the Flames locker room. Juuso Valimaki’s gear is now back in the locker room, but located on a folding chair (rather than a stall), while there’s an open stall – presumably for a 13th forward. There’s no guarantee that the Flames recall somebody as an insurance policy for tomorrow’s game, but given their history it seems a pretty safe bet.

  • SeanCharles

    Lines 1 and 4 are as they should be. How lines 2/3 shape up will depend on who we can add in the next 2 months..

    We need another top 9 forward (preferably RHed).

    Czarnik is proving to be not much more than a 13th forward.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Let’s hope Hamonic’s hand is fine because the way he was attending to it after blocking the shot, I feared there may have been a broken bone, which would have shelved him for a number of weeks.

  • Heeeeere’s Johnny

    There is potentially some nastiness in the 3rd line. Bennett is doing it, Neal has it but needs to let it out and Janko has the size to back up some game if he decides to go that way. If I’m BP I’m speaking to Janko about the possibility of this line and whether he wants to be a part of that.

  • thymebalm

    I like the lines today. Kent Wilson suggested these lines a week or two ago and I think they have the best bottom-6 blend. It’s all about chemistry that puts pucks in the net though. I’d give this group 2-3 games without the Blender if it wasn’t a disaster.