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Recalled this morning, Dillon Dube will get right back into the lineup tonight in Anaheim

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

ANAHEIM - Another game, another new face.

On Monday, it was Juuso Valimaki hopping into the lineup after being recalled that morning from Stockton.

Tonight, it will be Dillon Dube.

Sean Monahan, feeling under the weather, will not be available for this evening's game so the rookie forward was shuttled up from Stockton on an emergency basis.

"He's in," head coach Bill Peters confirmed.

"He's played lots, he's played real well here recently. Stockton has made a good push to get in, they're running out of runway but they've done a good job.

"So I look forward to seeing him and see what he can provide for us tonight."

Dube's recall came at a perfect time for the forward, who has been logging a lot of minutes with the Heat and has helped keep them in the playoff race in the AHL.

"I think I was playing my best hockey of late here in Stockton and doing really well and feeling comfortable in the pro game," he noted. "It's going to be different tonight and the speed is obviously going to take some time to adjust but I'm looking just to jump right in here.

"(I've) just got to keep going the same way. There's no secret to it - just play the way I can, and hopefully it goes well. Just work as hard as I can and see what happens. I don't have many expectations, I'm just going to go out there and play."

Video: "It's nice to finish off here"

Dube will skate on a line with Mark Jankowski and James Neal this evening. Earlier in the year, he spent some time playing alongside Neal and the veteran has been a great source of support since the early goings of the season.

"He's been great," Dube said. "(He) reached out to me a lot and offered me to move in with him. Being from Calgary, I didn't take the opportunity, just being at home all the time and not knowing what's going to happen.

"Just in ways like that, he's a really good guy in the league and a good veteran presence for all the guys so it's nice to have him."

With the luxury of clinching first place in not only the Pacific Division but also the Western Conference all wrapped up, Peters is making sure all of his players get the rest they need before the playoffs start next week.

That means, in addition to Monahan, the Flames will sit Mark Giordano, Travis Hamonic, Noah Hanifin, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm, and Sam Bennett this evening.

Unlike his linemates, Johnny Gaudreau, who also played on Monday, will be in the lineup.

"We got guys ahead of him that need more rest because of health-wise," Peters explained. "Everybody is coming out as just slightly dinged, nothing serious but dinged up enough hat after x amount of games, that a little break will help them.

"I think it's really going to help our D, our D men should be refreshed when they come back in, and if they play against Edmonton they should be excited and hungry to play. Guys like Gio getting rest is outstanding and now Hammer doesn't have to block shots here right now, he might go in for game 82. Hanny, a young guy that wants to play chomping at the bit but we also want to see these other guys get good minutes .

"I think it'll benefit our team in the long run and we'll continue to have the same standard of quality of play with the lineup that we have were not going to deviate from how we play."

Video: "I think the rest will really help our defence"

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