On Thursday, the Calgary Flames battled the Calgary Flames at the palatial Scotiabank Saddledome and came away with a 5-2 victory. On Monday evening, the two sides will do battle once more in a game fans can actually witness with their own two eyes.
Team Iginla faces Team McDonald with pride on the line, as the majority of roster spots are sewn up. The puck drops at 7 p.m. MT and you can catch the action on Sportsnet 960 The Fan or via a webcast on the Flames’ website.
Lines, via our pal Pat Steinberg:
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Josh Leivo
Milan Lucic – Sam Bennett – Joakim Nordstrom
Jakob Pelletier – Glenn Gawdin – Brett Ritchie
Emilio Pettersen – Adam Ruzicka – Matthew Phillips
Mark Giordano – Rasmus Andersson
Connor Mackey – Michael Stone
Carl-Johan Lerby – Alex Petrovic
It’s two bonafide NHL lines, the top defensive pairing and the starting goalie! Plus, most of the Flames’ most exciting prospects are on Team Iginla: Mackey, Pelletier, Gawdin, Pettersen, Ruzicka and Phillips.
Team Iginla lost 5-2 on Thursday. Can they bounce back?
From Steinberg, lines and pairings:
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Matthew Tkachuk
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Dominik Simon
Connor Zary – Derek Ryan – Buddy Robinson
Zac Rinaldo – Byron Froese – Dmitry Zavgorodniy
Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev
Juuso Valimaki – Nikita Nesterov
Oliver Kylington – Alexander Yelesin
Team McDonald has the team’s top two forward lines, their bottom two defensive pairings, and the backup goalie. It’s unclear if we’ll see Wolf tonight, so prospect honks should keep an eye on #47, Connor Zary, who was the club’s first rounder back in October and will be one of the most exciting players to watch whenever the WHL gets going again.
Player to watch
A lot of us are familiar with Josh Leivo because he played in two of the biggest markets in English-speaking Canada. But Dominik Simon may be a bit under-the-radar for a guy who played so often with Sidney Crosby. If he can create some chemistry with Gaudreau and Monahan, suddenly the Flames look like a very deep and dangerous hockey club.