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Henrik vs. Henrik in Calgary

Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 4:31 PM

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

Henrik Karlsson will be in net for the Calgary Flames against the New York Rangers tonight, as the Flames look to win their second straight game on their current six-game homestand.

"As far as Hank (Karlsson) goes, we're confident and there's no change to our game plan when he's in or when Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) is in," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said.

Calgary is hoping to use Karlsson more this season to alleviate Kiprusoff's workload. Kiprusoff has played at least 71 games in each of the previous six seasons.

"We have a plan in place that we're going to stick to,” Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "It could change, but at this point in time we're going to stick to it. We've said all along we want to see Kipper playing in less games and he personally knows it's the right thing for him, too. To do that we have to get our other guy in and Karl is going to have an opportunity to play."

The Rangers are expected to counter with a Henrik of their own.

Henrik Lundqvist should get the start for the Rangers. He turned aside all 40 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

It will be Lundqvist's 31st consecutive regular-season start, dating to Feb. 11, 2011.

The game also marks the Calgary debut of Rangers defenseman Tim Erixon. Erixon was selected by the Flames in the first round in the 2009 Entry Draft. Unable to come to a contract agreement, however, the 20-year-old was dealt, along with a fifth round pick, to the Rangers in exchange for center Roman Horak and a pair of second round picks.

Had the Flames not signed or traded Erixon, the defenseman would have re-entered the draft.

Erixon is expecting a chilly response from the Calgary faithful.

"If they feel like they have to do that (boo him), that's up to them," Erixon said. "I don't really care about that. I'm just going to go out and play my game and focus on helping the team."

Here are the projected lineups for each team based on this morning's practices:

FLAMES
Alex Tanguay - David Moss - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Lee Stempniak
Niklas Hagman - Brendan Morrison - Rene Bourque
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman

Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
Cory Sarich - Derek Smith

Henrik Karlsson will start in goal, with Miikka Kiprusoff the backup.

RANGERS
Derek Stepan - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp - Erik Christensen - Kris Newbury

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Tim Erixon - Michael Del Zotto
Jeff Woywitka - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal, with Martin Biron serving as the backup.





I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round