CHICAGO - It was status quo on Monday when the Flames hit the ice for practice at the United Center.
Interim head coach Geoff Ward kept his lines and pairings intact from how they started the game in Minnesota on Sunday, which ended up being a 5-4 shootout win for the visitors at Xcel Energy Center. Zac Rinaldo and Oliver Kylington were healthy scratches in that game and skated as extras on Monday.
In the wild back-and-forth affair, the teams traded goals throughout regulation, with Mark Giordano's third-period powerplay marker sending the game into extra time, and ended up going through seven rounds in the shootout before Dillon Dube's slick goal finished things off.
The Flames had to claw themselves back into the game four times on Sunday and while it wasn't how Ward drew it up, he emphasized the positives the team is taking from that tilt as they prepare to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
"It was a real good step for us in terms of resiliency," Ward said of the win, "in terms of being able to show each other that we can play from behind but it's a situation that we know we can be a lot better than what we were."
Here are the lines and pairings from the hour-long skate in Chicago:
Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Tobias Rieder
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Michael Stone - Rasmus Andersson
The Flames close out their road trip on Tuesday night in Chicago, facing off against the Blackhawks at 6:30 p.m. MT. Sportsnet West will carry the television broadcast while Sportsnet 960 The FAN will cover off the game on the radio. The Flames are back at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, hosting the Minnesota Wild at 7:00 p.m. MT. Limited tickets are available HERE.