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No Stajan for Flames; Lack starts for Canucks

Sunday, 10.06.2013 / 2:24 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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No Stajan for Flames; Lack starts for Canucks

CALGARY -- Thanks to a deep leg contusion from Thursday against the Washington Capitals, center Matt Stajan isn't ready to return to action in the Calgary Flames' home opener against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

"I saw him this morning," coach Bob Hartley said. "He looks like he had a few slices of pizza and burgers over the last week. He has a big butt right now."

The injury means newcomer Joe Colborne, acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs six days ago, will play in his second straight game for the Flames. Colborne played 12:41 in his Flames debut Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, recording no points but a team-high four hits.

Making the game extra special for the 23-year-old is the fact he grew up in Calgary.

"I'm trying to just keep calm and relax," Colborne said. "There's going to be a lot of emotion, a lot of energy out there. I'm going to have quite a few people in the stands. It should be fun."

Colborne isn't the only Calgary native making his hometown debut. Sunday will also mark TJ Galiardi's first game on home ice.

"It's very exciting," said Galiardi, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in July. "The crowd is going to be awesome here. Usually they're going against me so it's going to be fun to have them behind [me]."

The Canucks aren't without their firsts, either.

Goaltender Eddie Lack is expected to get the start for Vancouver, according to the team's Twitter account. It would be the first of Lack's NHL career.

Here are the projected lineups:

FLAMES

Curtis Glencross - Joe Colborne - David Jones

TJ Galiardi - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - Lee Stempniak

Lance Bouma - Ben Street - Brian McGrattan

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Dennis Wideman - Kris Russell

Shane O'Brien - Chris Butler

Joey MacDonald

Karri Ramo

Scratched: Tim Jackman, Derek Smith

Injured: Christopher Breen (shoulder), Mike Cammalleri (upper body), Matt Stajan (lower body)

CANUCKS

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinDavid Booth

Chris HigginsRyan KeslerJannik Hansen

Mike SantorelliBrad RichardsonDale Weise

Tom SestitoZac DalpeAndrew Alberts

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa

Alexander EdlerJason Garrison

Ryan StantonChristopher Tanev

Eddie Lack

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Yannick Weber

Injured: Jordan Schroeder (foot fracture), Alexandre Burrows (lower body)

Suspended: Zack Kassian

Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp