Flames vs. Avalanche
TIME: 7 p.m.
RADIO: RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN
THE MAIN STORYLINE:
Thanks to great goaltending by Karri Ramo and a two-goal game by Michael Ferland, the Flames came up with a 2-1 upset special in Denver on Sunday in the first half of a home-and-home series with the Avalanche.
The Avs are bringing a considerably weaker lineup to the Stampede City, without Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon.
Sam Bennett has a slight undisclosed injury, so he won’t play. The team is hoping he’ll skate in the last couple of pre-season games. Coach Bob Hartley said it wasn’t his groin again, saying, “all over body.”
Jonas Hiller is pegged to play all of this game and Karri Ramo is slated to mind the net all of Thursday’s game.
The Flames are icing a pretty strong line up, with Sven Baertschi on a line with Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross, Joe Colborne and Johnny Gaudreau another trio.
Former Flames goalie Reto Berra could be minding the net tonight.
At what point do the Flames finally sign D Raphael Diaz to a contract? It’s obvious he’s the best choice to be on the big-league roster at this moment.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
Bill Arnold, the other guy from Boston College, has had a quietly effective camp and could push for a fourth-line centre job in Calgary, maybe even to start the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
“In the end, you want to be around the puck. That’s the kind of player I am. I need my touches, I need my early touches to really get going. Then I’m not worried about my skating. My skating’s gonna come. The last few games, I was involved physically and I feel that helped me out, too.” – LW Sven Baertschi
Sven Baertschi-Sean Monhan-Jiri Hudler
Curtis Glencross-Joe Colborne-Johnny Gaudreau
Michael Ferland-Max Reinhart-Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig-Bill Arnold-Lance Bouma
TJ Brodie-Mark Giordano
Raphael Diaz-Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak-Sena Acolatse