Flames Game Day: Off to the Emerald City to see the Kraken (8pm MT, Flames.com)

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
After a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, the Calgary Flames head west looking to continue their (pre-season) winning ways. They’re taking a group of their bubble and depth players to Seattle to face the Kraken.
Puck drop is after 8 p.m. MT on the Flames website and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Projected lineups

It’s a fairly bubble-centric group for the Flames facing a lot of Seattle’s better players (and up-and-comers). The Flames’ depth guys out-worked Vancouver’s stars at Rogers Arena on Sunday. Can a lot of the same players put in a repeat performance?
Projected Flames lines (via Pat Steinberg):
Dillon Dube – Cody Eakin – Walker Duehr
Adam Ruzicka – Connor Zary – Sonny Milano
Jakob Pelletier – Ben Jones – Matthew Phillips
Alex Gallant – Cole Schwindt – Adam Klapka
Connor Mackey – Nicolas Meloche
Juuso Valimaki – Yan Kuznetsov
Dennis Gilbert – Nick DeSimone
Daniel Vladar and Oscar Dansk are the slated goaltenders.
It’s the first pre-season outing for Gallant and Kuznetsov.
Projected Kraken lines (via Mike Benson):
Jared McCann – Yanni Gourde – Karson Kuhlman
Jaden Schwartz – Shane Wright – Jordan Eberle
Kole Lind – Alexander True – John Hayden
Jagger Firkus – Andrew Poturalski – Daniel Sprong
Vince Dunn – Will Borgen
Jamie Oleksiak – Cale Fleury
Carson Soucy – Gustav Olofsson
Phillip Grubauer and Magnus Hellberg are the listed goaltenders.

Unavailable Flames

A handful of Flames regulars and prospects aren’t playing tonight:
  • Andrew Mangiapane is being eased in the pre-season after returning from a minor injury
  • Nazem Kadri is being eased into the pre-season after playing until the end of June
  • Chris Tanev is being eased into the pre-season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery
  • Brett Ritchie, Martin Pospisil and Emilio Pettersen all were held out of Monday’s on-ice sessions due to minor injuries
  • Oliver Kylington is on personal leave from the team
  • Jacob Markstrom is likely being load managed, as he played 60 games (and playoffs) last season and will probably do that again this season

What to watch

For the Flames, a handful of forwards may be the focus: Up-and-coming prospects Ruzicka and Zary are on a line with Milano, who’s on a PTO and looking to cement a top-nine role. A line down in the rotation are a trio of promising AHLers in Pelletier, Jones and Phillips who will be looking to work themselves into the conversation for an NHL gig.
For the Kraken, the obvious choice is Shane Wright. He was awesome last season and somehow fell to Seattle in the draft. But also keep an eye on their fourth line: Puturalski was one of the top players in the AHL last season, while Firkus has been impressing WHL fans for a few seasons.

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