For the first time in nearly a week, the Calgary Flames are back. Puck drop’s at the Saddledome at 4:00pm.
Dillon Dube likely will not play, ( day to day with LBI ) did not skate during Saturday’s practice and there is no morning skate tomorrow.
Geoff Ward did say that they’ll take a look at how things look in the morning and go from there.
If Dube is unavailable, the lines will likely look like this:
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Dominik Simon
Andrew Mangiapane – Elias Lindholm – Matthew Tkachuk
Sam Bennett – Mikael Backlund – Josh Leivo
Milan Lucic – Derek Ryan – Joakim Nordstrom
Mark Giordano – Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin – Christopher Tanev
Juuso Valimaki – Nikita Nesterov
Things to watch:
The Flames will reunite with TJ Brodie for the first time this season, after he signed with the Maple Leafs in free agency. Brodie has been heavy on the assists so far this season with three points in six games.
Chris Tanev has been an absolute beaut for the Flames. He took time to practice and shoot around with some of the younger guys yesterday.
Not only is he playing an intricate role on the penalty kill, he is showing his leadership abilities.
Goalie Frederik Andersen’s season has not been off to a hot start. With an .898 SV% and averaging nearly 3 goals against, he’s already in playoff form.
The Flames are going to have to play another full sixty minutes of hockey on both ends of the ice. Toronto is a scary team when they’re healthy and on the same wave length. The Flames have their work cut out for them.
Puck drops at 4:00pm EST. Make sure you check back for your postgame coverage!