Flames Game Day: A (pre-season) revenge game with the Jets (7pm MT, Flames.com)

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
After a few weeks and eight games – and a lot of cuts in between – the Calgary Flames finish off their exhibition schedule on Friday evening when they host the Winnipeg Jets. The Flames were not particularly good against the Jets on Wednesday, and they’ll be looking to put a better performance forward.
Puck drop is after 7 p.m. MT on the Flames website and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Projected lineups

Projected Flames lines (via Pat Steinberg):
Jonathan Huberdeau – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Andrew Mangiapane – Nazem Kadri – Dillon Dube
Radim Zohorna – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic – Adam Ruzicka – Trevor Lewis
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Connor Mackey
Jacob Markstrom starts for the Flames, backed up by Dan Vladar.
Projected Jets lines (via Murat Ates):
Connor Hellebuyck starts for the Jets, backed up by David Rittich.

Unavailable Flames

A few Flames are unavailable for tonight:
  • Oliver Kylington is on personal leave from the team
  • Emilio Pettersen, Martin Pospisil and Dennis Gilbert are day-to-day with injuries

What to watch

In terms of roster or lineup decisions, with the top two lines and top two defensive pairings seemingly locked in:
  • Radim Zohorna gets a second game, this time with Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman.
  • Adam Ruzicka slides down to play fourth line centre, auditioning for a job that seemed to be either his or Kevin Rooney’s.
  • Connor Mackey slides in on his off side on the third pairing; he’s played that side off and on in Stockton over the past couple of seasons and if he can do it well at the NHL level, perhaps he’s here on Oct. 13.

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