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MacDonald in net as Flames host Oilers

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 2:33 PM

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

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MacDonald in net as Flames host Oilers

CALGARY -- Miikka Kiprusoff reportedly is staying in the Stampede City, but it will be Joey MacDonald between the pipes for the Calgary Flames against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Kiprusoff, who reportedly nixed a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the day, will serve as backup. He has been pulled in back-to-back games, including Monday's game in Edmonton after allowing three goals on six shots in Calgary's 4-1 loss. In relief, MacDonald stopped 13 of 14 shots.

The recent struggles of Kiprusoff helped persuade Calgary coach Bob Hartley's decision to start MacDonald against the Oilers.

"I think that Joey played very good and at the same time, it's been a tough couple of weeks for Miikka," Hartley said. "Just to give him a break at the same time, I think that Joey deserves the start."

MacDonald's prior start came in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on March 27. The veteran goaltender said starting or not, he prepares the same.

"I just found out this morning," MacDonald said. "I prepare myself every game to be ready. That's one thing as a backup, you've got to be ready at all times. It's the time that you don't think you're playing is when you're going to play. [I] just prepare the same way and try to forget all the focus on the trade deadline and play like I've been playing."

Coming off the win over Calgary, Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said he would not change his lineup.

"We're going with the same lineup," he said. "Everything as is."

Here is what the lineups will look like when the Flames play the Oilers, with the first line spot open for Calgary after trading Blake Comeau:

FLAMES

Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri -

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Roman Cervenka - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler

Brian McGrattan - Steve Begin - Tim Jackman

Dennis Wideman - Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie - Chris Butler

Cory Sarich - Anton Babchuk

Joey MacDonald

Miikka Kiprusoff

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov

Lennart Petrell - Ryan Smyth - Mike Brown

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Jeff Petry - Ladislav Smid

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness