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Projected Lineup - Flames @ Blues

The projected lineups for tonight's game at 6:00 PM MT

by Calgary Flames Staff /

The Calgary Flames take on the St. Louis Blues tonight at 6:00 PM MT (SN-Flames, FAN 960).

The Flames will make a couple of changes heading into tonight's tilt, with Nicklas Grossman and Matthew Tkachuk re-entering the lineup.

As both teams held optional skates, these lines and pairings are speculative and based off of previous games.

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Tkachuk ready to play in his hometown

Matthew Tkachuk is back in the lineup tonight when the Flames take on the Blues in St. Louis

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

ST. LOUIS, MO -- There's no place like home.

St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk will be in the lineup tonight when the Calgary Flames take on the St. Louis Blues at 6:00 PM MT (SN-Flames, FAN 960).

"Looking at the schedule before the year, this is the game I really, really wanted to play in," Tkachuk stated. "The fact that I'm here and able to play at this level and to play in this game, it's special."

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Elliott to get the start in St. Louis

Brian Elliott will face his former team tonight in St. Louis

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

ST. LOUIS, MO -- The Moose is loose.

Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has confirmed Brian Elliott gets the start against his former team tonight in St. Louis.

"Ells is going to go," he said after the team's morning meetings. "I've been asked a lot of questions about that and you can see there was a little plan we had with getting him going."

Last year, Elliott went 23-8-6 record with a 2.07 GAA and a .930 save percentage with the Blues.

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Fast Facts - Flames @ Blues

Notes ahead of tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /


Last night, Brian Elliott collected his first win as a Flame with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. He made 31 saves on 33 shots and was perfect in the seven-round shootout. Elliott was acquired by the Flames from the St. Louis Blues at the 2016 NHL Draft, with a 2016 second round pick and a conditional 2018 third round pick going back to the Blues. Last year, he went 23-8-2 with St. Louis, posting a 2.07 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

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Preview - Flames @ Blues

The Flames take on the Blues at 6:00 PM MT

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

FLAMES (2-4-1) VS. BLUES (4-1-1)

BROADCAST: 6:00 PM MT; Sportsnet Flames (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: This is the final contest in a two-game season series between the Flames and the Blues. The two faced off on Saturday in Calgary, with the Blues coming away with a 6-4 victory. Blues winger David Perron scored a hat trick in the match-up. St. Louis also received goals from Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen. On the Flames side, Kris Versteeg scored his first two goals as a Flame on Saturday night while Micheal Ferland and Mark Giordano also found the back of the net. Chad Johnson got the start in net vs. the Blues, making 34 saves in the setback.

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Elliott stellar in shootout win over 'Hawks

Brian Elliott made 32 saves and stopped all seven Blackhawk skaters in the shootout to preserve the win for Calgary

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo /

CHICAGO, IL -- Brian Elliott netted his first win as a member of the Calgary Flames in spectacular fashion.
Elliott made 32 saves, and Kris Versteeg scored in the seventh round of the shootout to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.
"It was good," said Elliott, who was acquired by Calgary from the St. Louis Blues in the summer. "I definitely wanted that one. Everyone (did) for that matter. We haven't been playing like we've wanted to. The guys came out and had a heck of an effort. I just wanted to stop as many as I could back there."

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The Other Side - Blackhawks make change on defence

Chicago has tinkered with their defence corps ahead of tonight's game

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has made a change on the blueline heading into tonight's game.

Czech rearguard Michal Rozsival will play his first game of the season this evening while Michal Kempny will sit tonight. 

"We want to get everybody in at some point. We don't want to wait too long to get him into the season here," Quenneville said.

"We know that he can be useful for us. He gives us some experience, he can play minutes, he can play against top guys, he can be useful on both units if you need him. He's been practicing well so I'm looking forward to getting him in."

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Trio of Flames familiar with Blackhawks' lore

Brouwer, Frolik, Versteeg, all won Stanley Cups as members of 'Hawks

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo /

CHICAGO, IL -- It's familiar surroundings for a trio of Calgary Flames players.

Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, and Kris Versteeg all suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, and all had a lot of success playing in the Windy City.

Frolik captured a Stanley Cup ring with the 2013 version of the Blackhawks and Brouwer and Versteeg lifted the Cup together in 2010 as members of a dominant 'Hawks squad that also finished second in the Western Conference standings with 112 points. Versteeg also was a member of the 2015 Cup-winning Blackhawks squad.

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Flames looking to play direct, simple game in Chicago

After a couple of practices and meetings, the Flames know what they need to do tonight vs. the Blackhawks

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

CHICAGO, IL -- Keep it simple.

That is the message the Calgary Flames are taking into tonight's battle with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Rather than get caught up in what has transpired in the opening six games of the season, the team has their sights set firmly on tonight's contest.

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Projected Lineup - Flames @ Blackhawks

Projected lineups for tonight's Flames vs. Blackhawks game

by Calgary Flames Staff /

The Calgary Flames take on the Chicago Blackhawks at 6:30 PM MT. Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and goaltender as per this morning's skate at the United Center:

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