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Flames-Coyotes preview

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
It's gameday once again as the Calgary Flames move forward at training camp with a game against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.


The Flames are 3-0 in the pre-season, having won twice over Vancouver and once, in a shootout, over Tampa Bay.

The Flames will ice their top line of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen as well as some veteran defencemen, including Jay Bouwmeester, Steve Staios, Adam Pardy and Ian White.



Henrik Karlsson and Leland Irving are expected to share the goaltending duties tonight for the Flames.

As teams trim rosters head coach Brent Sutter said the test for younger players like T.J. Brodie, Greg Nemisz, Brett Sutter and Jon Rheault becomes even greater.

"The pace changes," said Sutter.

The coach made no bones about it -- the young players still in training camp are pushign for positions and there is an opportunity for them to push a veteran to the sidelines.

"They are all right there," sadi Sutter. "It's a great thing to have difficult decisions. These are decisions that were not there a year ago."

Brodie, who will dress again after scoring twice on Saturday against the Lightning, is one of those players making decisions difficult. The young defenceman has shown he can skate at the NHL level and, obviously, put the puck in the net.

"He's got that flare," said Sutter. "He's not that robotic player. He is active. He is very coachable. He brings something that you really like on the back end."

While there is plenty of praise for the fourth-round draft pick, Sutter cautions about going over the moon.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves because he still has a lot to learn. He wants to develop and we have to make sure he develops," said Sutter.

Nemisz, a former first round pick with two Memorial Cup rings, will play in his third pre-season game. "He has an opportunity to push," said Sutter.

The Coyotes enter the game with a 4-1 record in the pre-season. Shane Doan leads the Coyotes with two goals and an assist in two games in the pre-season.



PROBABLE ROSTERS

CALGARY FLAMES

PHOENIX COYOTES

60

Backlund, Mikael

C

33

Aucoin, Adrian

D

4

Bouwmeester, Jay

LD

20

Belanger, Eric

C

66

Brodie, T.J.

LD

12

Bissonnette, Paul

LW

24

Conroy, Craig

C

89

Boedker, Mikkel

LW

53

Cunning, Cam

LW

19

Doan, Shane

RW

10

Hagman, Niklas

LW

26

Ebbett, Andrew

C

12

Iginla, Jarome

RW

23

Ekman-Larsson, Oliver

D

15

Jackman, Tim

RW

38

Fiddler, Vernon

C

13

Jokinen, Olli

C

57

Goncharov, Maxim

D

44

Meyer, Stefan

LW

11

Hanzal, Martin

C

48

Nemisz, Greg

RW

34

Hnidy, Shane

D

7

Pardy, Adam

LD

55

Jovanovski, Ed

D

28

Regehr, Robyn

LD

28

Korpikoski, Lauri

LW

47

Rheault, Jon

RW

18

Lepisto, Sami

D

27

Staios, Steve

RD

53

Morris, Derek

D

42

Sutter, Brett

LW

16

Prucha, Petr

RW

40

Tanguay, Alex

LW

14

Pyatt, Taylor

LW

3

White, Ian

RD

6

Schlemko, David

D

22

Stempniak, Lee

RW

41

Tikhonov, Viktor

RW

91

Turris, Kyle

C

8

Upshall, Scottie

RW

17

Vrbata, Radim

RW

42

Wellwood, Kyle

C

13

Whitney, Ray

LW

86

Wolski, Wojtek

C

3

Yandle, Keith

D

33

Irving, Leland

G

1

Bryzgalov, Ilya

G

35

Karlsson, Henrik

G

30

LaBarbera, Jason

G

Tonight's Officials:

Refs: Brian Pochmara (43), Dennis LaRue (14) Lines: Ryan Galloway (82), Don Henderson (91)

 

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