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Flames ready to raise the curtain at the Saddledome

- October 6th, 2013

Canucks (1-1-0) at Flames (1-0-1)

TIME: 6 p.m.

TV: Sportsnet West

RADIO: Sportsnet Fan 960

THE MAIN STORYLINE: The Flames skate in their home opener, looking to build on a successful two-game road trip in which they fell to the Washington Capitals 5-4 in a shootout and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. The Canucks arrive in the Stampede City after thumping the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 at home late Saturday night.

LINEUP NOTES: Calgary will ice the same lineup as in Columbus, including having Joey MacDonald in goal. MacDonald almost appeared to fall to No. 3 on the depth chart during training camp, but by coming up with the win against the Blue Jackets gets another shot. This will be the home debut for 2013 first-round draft choice Sean Monahan, who is skating on a line with Sven Baertschi – also Calder Trophy eligible and technically a rookie – and veteran Lee Stempniak. It’s also the home debut for a couple of Calgary products in TJ Galiardi and Joe Colborne.

LW Michael Camalleri (hand) and C Matt Stajan (leg) are both on the shelf.

For the Canucks, all their big guns got it going in their shellacking of the Oilers. Henrik Sedin collected three assists, Daniel Sedin netted one goal and one assist and Ryan Kesler scored once while registering nine shots on goal. Jannik Hansen is skating on a line with the Sedins while Alex Burrows is on the shelf with a foot injury and Zack Kassian is serving the third game of a five-game suspension for a pre-season incident.

The Canucks will turn to Eddie Lack in goal. Lack, the 25-year-old netminder from Sweden, will make his NHL debut.

BURNING QUESTION: Can the Flames keep the Sedins in check?

Historically, the top Canucks have feasted on Calgary. In 71 career games versus the Flames, Daniel Sedin has collected 25 goals and 73 points, while Henrik has netted 12 goals and 66 points in 73 games.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Flames C Joe Colborne, who was acquired via trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs on the eve of the season, was expected to be a third- or fourth-line player. Due to Stajan’s injury, he’s skating on a top line with Curtis Glencross and David Jones. Colborne, who admitted he was nervous in his Flames debut, his 17th career NHL game, has never played in a game at the Saddledome and expects about 50 friends and family at the game.

FAST FACT: The Flames are on a two-game losing streak in home openers, and have a 2-1-2 record when facing the Canucks in a home opener, with the most recent of those encounters a 5-3 win over Vancouver to kick off the 2009-10 season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s very exciting. The crowd’s going to be awesome. Usually they’re going against me, so it’s going to be fun to have them behind me.” — Flames forward TJ Galiardi.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca

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Flames Lines

FORWARDS

Curtis Glencross-Joe Colborne-David Jones

TJ Galiardi-Mikael Backlund-Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi-Sean Monahan-Lee Stempniak

Lance Bouma-Ben Street-Brian McGrattan

DEFENCE

TJ Brodie-Mark Giordano

Kris Russell-Dennis Wideman

Chris Butler-Shane O’Brien

GOAL

Joey MacDonald

Karri Ramo

INJURED: C Matt Stajan (leg), LW Michael Cammalleri (hand).

SCRATCHES: RW Tim Jackman, D Derek Smith

Canucks Lines

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Jannik Hansen

David Booth-Ryan Kesler-Chris Higgins

Dale Weise-Mike Santorelli-Brad Richardson

Tom Sestito-Zac Dalpie

DEFENCE

Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa

Alexander Edler-Jason Garrison

Ryan Stanton-Christopher Tanev

GOAL

Eddie Lack

Roberto Luongo

INJURED: RW Alex Burrows (foot), C Jordan Schroeder (ankle).

SCRATCHES: D Andrew Alberts

SUSPENDED: Zack Kassian

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