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
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.
should get the start for the Rangers. He turned aside all 40 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks
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:
- David Moss
- Jarome Iginla
- Olli Jokinen
- Lee Stempniak
- Brendan Morrison
- Rene Bourque
- Matt Stajan
- Tim Jackman
- Chris Butler
- Scott Hannan
- Derek Smith
will start in goal, with Miikka Kiprusoff
- Brad Richards
- Marian Gaborik
- Artem Anisimov
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- Brandon Prust
- Erik Christensen
- Kris Newbury
- Dan Girardi
- Michael Del Zotto
- Steve Eminger
will start in goal, with Martin Biron
serving as the backup.