Just a few days after their epic triumph over the Edmonton Oilers in Red Deer, the Calgary Flames are back in action as their prospects face Edmonton’s prospects in the palatial (and soon to be replaced) Scotiabank Saddledome! The puck drops just after 7 p.m. and you can catch the action on YouTube or Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Tickets for tonight’s game are five bucks. Most of the food is five bucks. Parking? Five bucks. And the proceeds from all the $5 things go towards the Flames Foundation.
Lines via Pat Steinberg:
Jakob Pelletier – Glenn Gawdin – Matthew Phillips
Mason Morelli – Martin Pospisil – Eetu Tuulola
David Kope – Milos Roman – Luke Philp
Dmitry Zavgorodniy – Adam Ruzicka – Jeremy McKenna
Rob Hamilton – Alexander Yelesin
Andrew Nielsen – Corey Schuneman
Zach Osburn – Jackson van de Leest
Dustin Wolf starts in goal, backed up by Artyom Zagidulin. The extras tonight are Tyler Parsons, James Malm, Dillon Dube, Christopher Merisier-Ortiz and Montana Onyebuchi.
Lines, via the Oilers site:
Tyler Benson – Cooper Marody – Cameron Hebig
Beau Starrett – Ryan McLeod – Kirill Maksimov
Raphael Lavoie – Steven Iacobellis – Ostap Safin
Nolan Vesey – Jakub Stukel – Liam Keeler
Dmitri Samorukov – Evan Bouchard
Ethan Cap – Logan Day
Jaxon Bellamy – Vincent Desharnais
It sounds like Olivier Rodrigue will get the start in net, with Stuart Skinner backing him up. Dylan Wells, Kailer Yamamoto and Brendan De Jong are their projected extra bodies.
What to watch for
Honestly? Wolf was the fourth-from-last pick in this past year’s NHL Draft and he was also one of the best netminders in the Western Hockey League last season. We’ll get a sense of just how good he could be against the Oilers youngsters.
Also, first round pick Pelletier replaces Dillon Dube on the top line. Dube’s trio was superb in Red Deer and it’ll be interesting to see how much of a drop off (if any) there is from Saturday evening.