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by TY PILSON @typilson /

It'll be a quick in-and-out for the Flames tonight when they play the Sharks in their second-last pre-season tilt.

The team will practice Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. before jumping a bus to the airport for the flight to San Jose. Following the tilt, they'll fly back to Calgary.







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The Flames are coming off a 2-0 blanking of the Jets at home Tuesday night that improved their pre-season record to 3-3.

Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett scored 23 seconds apart in the second period to provide the offence in the contest, while David Rittich had another light night between the pipes, facing only 20 shots in the shutout. 

"It was a little better than before, but just 20 (shots). I was hoping for a little bit more, but it's still pre-season," said Rittich. 

The team had spent a significant amount of time in their morning skate working on the powerplay and Monahan's marker came a man up. 

Coach Bill Peters said after the win he was happy with the game reps they got on special teams.

"Well, it was good. We got some reps for those guys (on the powerplay). I thought they looked much better here tonight. Spent a little time on it in practice and we have continue to do that moving forward. So that was real good. And as dumb as it sounds, it was good to take a penalty in the third so we got kill action there, too. We got everybody out. The first group going over the boards did a real good job on up-ice pressure. I thought it was a good night for what we needed as a coaching staff and what they needed as players."

Cam Talbot will get the start tonight.

"We're going into a tough building to play against probably a pretty good lineup tonight so, just going in there trying to build off my last performance and probably will be one of the last opportunities before the season starts so I want to make sure I'm sharp," he said.

Head coach Bill Peters said tonight's lineup will be a good mix of veterans and hopefuls.

"We've got a good lineup," said Peters after the morning skate. "We've got about probably half and half, guys coming up from Stockton to meet us there and play. In net, we'll go with Talbs and then we'll just kind of assess the game as it goes on how long he'll play. But he'll play 30, if not more."

The Flames close out the pre-season with a home date against the Oilers Saturday night (click here for tickets).

They open the season on the road against the Avalanche on Oct. 3 before returning to the Scotiabank Saddledome for their home-opener when they host the Canucks Ocxt. 5 at 8 p.m. (click here for tickets).



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