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LINEUP NOTES - 15.01.20

A rundown of the lines and pairings used at practice in Toronto

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

TORONTO - Geoff Ward stuck with the lines and pairings his team started with against the Habs during the Flames practice on Wednesday morning.

Mark Jankowski, who was a healthy scratch in Montreal, rotated on a line with Tobias Rieder, centering wingers Zac Rinaldo and Sam Bennett during the practice.

Michael Stone and Alexander Yelesin, who were also healthy scratches on Monday night, skated as a pair through the hour-long practice.

In regards to the goaltender for tomorrow's match-up vs. the Leafs, the coaching staff has settled on either David Rittich or Cam Talbot. Both are coming off great individual games, with Rittich making 35 saves in Montreal on Monday and Talbot coming off of a 29-save performance on Saturday night vs. the Oilers.

"We haven't made up our mind on the starter yet. But we really like the the depth at the goaltending position that we have right now," Ward said. "Both guys are playing well for us. Both guys are giving us opportunities to win on a nightly basis. And so the competition between them is good, but it's also a friendly you know - it's a it's a tandem that gets along really well. They support each other. And so for us, it's great.

"We know that whichever guy we put in, we got a chance to to get a real good hockey game for them and we got an opportunity to win the game and really that's all you can ask from your goaltender."

A full rundown on the lines and pairings from Wednesday's skate:


Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube

Zac Rinaldo - Mark Jankowski / Tobias Rieder - Sam Bennett


Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson

Alexander Yelesin - Michael Stone 


David Rittich

Cam Talbot

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