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Flames feel lucky to have Hannan, Tanguay tonight

Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 2:20 PM

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

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Flames feel lucky to have Hannan, Tanguay tonight
CALGARY -- Despite a pair of injury scares late in Sunday's 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild, the Calgary Flames will return to the ice intact tonight when they face the Nashville Predators.

Both Alex Tanguay and Scott Hannan will be in the lineup despite leaving Sunday's contest in the third period.

Hannan appeared to have suffered a serious injury after falling awkwardly on his knee in the final minutes of the game, and Flames coach Brent Sutter was relieved the veteran defenseman didn't suffer a more serious injury.

"When you look at how it happened, it's a good thing he didn't get injured on it," Sutter said. "At the time he was a little sore, but he's recovered from it in the last 48 hours. That's a good thing. When you see something like that you're always thinking the worst, but it worked out good."

Tanguay, who left the game midway through the third period with an apparent shoulder injury, also will be in tonight's lineup.

Here's how the teams could line up tonight:

Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay - Roman Horak - Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman

Chris Butler - Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
T.J. Brodie - Derek Smith

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

Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Martin Erat - Mike Fisher - Sergei Kostitsyn
Jordin Tootoo - Craig Smith - Nick Spaling
Matt Halischuk - Jerred Smithson - Brian McGrattan

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Jonathan Blum - Kevin Klein
Jack Hillen - Roman Josi

Pekka Rinne will start in goal, with Anders Lindback the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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