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With just a few open spots on the roster, tonight's game is the last chance for some players to impress ahead of the regular season


With just one pre-season game to go, the Flames still have some spots in the lineup available for the taking.

And much of the competition appears to be on the fourth line.

"We see our top three lines pretty much intact and then our fourth line is going to be a battle," coach Glen Gulutzan said following his team's optional morning skate before the Flames host the Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m. MT, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

"Everyone that's here has the opportunity."

Drawing into tonight's lineup are Mark Jankowski and Curtis Lazar, camp mainstays who are tied for the most number of exhibition games played with four. They will be on a line with Tanner Glass, who remains in camp on a professional tryout.

"What I've been doing so far, I've been feeling good with my game and I feel like I've been getting better as the camp has gone on, and that's a good sign," said Jankowski. "I've just got to keep on doing what I've been doing. It's been working well."

Jankowski is tied with fellow centre Sean Monahan for the team's pre-season goal scoring lead, with three apiece. 

He has played just one regular season NHL game to date, a call-up against the New York Islanders, back on Nov. 28, 2016, and he's very keen on adding many more games to his resume.

"It's the saying, 'It's hard to get to this league, but it's even harder to stay in this league.' So obviously my goal right now is to make the opening night roster, and then from there I want to stick for the whole year. So I think that's got to be my mindset and my goal here."

Lazar, meanwhile, has already played 180 NHL regular season games - but only four for the Flames. He registered three points in those contests, but has yet to score this pre-season.

"Honestly, every game I've felt like I've been building," Lazar said. "I know for myself I haven't really shown much or anything, but it's all part of the process for me. I know what level I have to be at and where I have to be to contribute to this team.

"Come tonight I'm going to be full blown going."

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