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Calgary Wranglers series preview: A weekend without Wolf

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Photo credit:Jonathan Kozub/Manitoba Moose
Paige Siewert
2 months ago
The Calgary Wranglers return home to host the Manitoba Moose this weekend. They picked up two big wins against the Henderson Silver Knights last weekend but will be without their top goaltender in these upcoming games. This cross-divisional match-up puts the fifth team in the Central Division up against the top team in the Pacific Division. On paper, even without Wolf, the Wranglers are the favourites to take both games in this series. 

Projected lineups

Calgary
Dryden Hunt – Ben Jones – Matt Coronato
Rory Kerins – Cole Schwindt – Adam Klapka
Emilio Pettersen – Clark Bishop – Ilya Nikolaev
Lucas Ciona – Mitch McLain – William Stromgren 
Jonathan Aspirot – Nick DeSimone
Yan Kuznetsov – Colton Poolman
Will Riedell – Brady Lyle
Oscar Dansk
Connor Murphy
Manitoba
Jeff Malott – Brad Lambert – Parker Ford
Wyatt Bongiovanni – Chaz Lucius – Kristian Reichel
C.J. Suess – Dominic Toninato – Nicholas Jones
Jeffrey Viehl – Danny Zhilkin – Daniel Togersson
Kyle Capobianco – Dean Stewart
Ashton Sautner – Simon Lundmark
Artemi Kniazev – Tyrel Baur
Collin Delia
Oskari Salminen

Leaders

Calgary
Matt Coronato – 14GP, 8G, 10A
Ben Jones – 20GP, 6G, 12A
Adam Klapka – 20GP, 8G, 8A
Manitoba 
Nikita Chibrikov – 17GP, 8G, 10A
Kyle Capobianco – 18GP, 4G, 12A
Jeff Malott – 17GP, 7G, 8A

Notes and expectations        

Every week leading up to a Wranglers game looks different for this organization. The pool of available players varies with the frequency of call-ups and injuries this season. This week, the biggest roster move for this team was the call-up of Dustin Wolf to the Flames. Jacob Markstrom suffered a fractured finger in practice earlier this week and they needed their reigning AHL all-star to come in relief in Tuesday’s match-up against Minnesota. He also earned the start in Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. With the nature of Markstrom’s injury, it may be a few weeks before the Wranglers have a chance of seeing Wolf in net again.
To backfill Wolf, the Wranglers called up Connor Murphy from the Rapid City Rush. This isn’t Murphy’s first call-up this season but up to this point, he has yet to play in a game for Calgary. Another move involving the Rush was sending Jarrod Gourley back down on Dec. 4. After signing Mark Pysyk last week, they didn’t need the other body around. Pysyk could very well make his debut with the Wranglers in this weekend’s series. 
This isn’t the first meeting between the Wranglers and the Moose this season. They faced each other in Winnipeg to open the 2023-24 season. The opening pair of games resulted in a split and the Wranglers earning three of a possible four points. The first game was a 4-2 win for Calgary then a 3-2 overtime loss two days later. Will their season series stay at a split after this weekend or will one team pull ahead with a sweep?
This series kicks off on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome and continues into Sunday afternoon. Friday’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game starts at 1:00 p.m. The Wranglers will be rocking their Outlaw jerseys this weekend with some seasonal Christmas events taking place. Tickets are still available if you would like to catch the game in person, otherwise, you can tune into the Fan960 for radio coverage or stream the games on AHL.tv for a fee. FlamesNation contributors Mike Gould and I will have game updates on X (formerly Twitter).

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