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Night off for Kiprusoff as Flames host Avalanche

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 2:39 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Night off for Kiprusoff as Flames host Avalanche

CALGARY -- Playing the tail end of a back-to-back set in split cities, the Calgary Flames are expected to start goaltender Joey MacDonald against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

Miikka Kiprusoff started a night ago against the Chicago Blackhawks, making 33 saves in a 2-0 losing effort at the United Center, his fourth consecutive outing.

Citing travel and the birth of his second son Oskar last week, coach Bob Hartley is opting to give Kiprusoff the night off, starting MacDonald for the ninth time this season.

"He was a busy man in the last couple of games, plus the traveling plus the new baby and everything," Hartley said. "It's a lot on his plate. After talking with Kipper, we both decided that we would give the start to Joey MacDonald."

MacDonald is 3-5-1 with a 2.98 goals against average and .894 save percentage this season.

FLAMES

Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri - Jarome Iginla

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - Roman Cervenka

Tim Jackman - Steve Begin - Blake Comeau

TJ Brodie - Jay Bouwmeester

Mark Giordano - Dennis Wideman

Chris Butler - Cory Sarich

Joey MacDonald

Miikka Kiprusoff

AVALANCHE

Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Chuck Kobasew

Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau

David Jones - John Mitchell - Milan Hejduk

Cody McLeod - Mark Olver - Patrick Bordeleau

Greg Zanon - Erik Johnson

Matt Hunwick - Tyson Barrie

Jan Hejda - Shane O'Brien

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

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