CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will play their third pre-season game in as many nights on Saturday, facing off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks and Flames battled Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome with the Flames scoring four unanswered markers and coming out on top 4-1. Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen opened the scoring for Vancouver early in the opening frame, but the Flames stormed back with goals from Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik.
Jonas Hiller went wire-to-wire for the Flames, turning aside 25 shots while Richard Bachman and Jacob Markstrom split duties for Vancouver. Hiller has allowed just two goals in a game-and-a-half of pre-season action.
With a large number of regulars taking Friday night off, the Canucks elected to showcase a large contingent of rookies in the loss while the Flames iced a veteran-laden roster.
It's expected to be the opposite in Vancouver.
Canucks fans will likely see forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Radim Vrbata, Alex Burrows up front, and the likes of Dan Hamhuis and Alex Edler on the blue line. Ryan Miller, who last faced Calgary in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is expected to go the full 60 minutes in goal.
The Flames will go with a mix of vets and rookies featuring former Canucks forward Mason Raymond, Joe Colborne, Matt Stajan, Morgan Klimchuk, Bryce Van Brabant and Josh Jooris. Karri Ramo will likely shoulder the load in net.
Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington, selected by Calgary in the 2015 NHL Draft, are expected to suit up on the defence. With injuries to Ladislav Smid and TJ Brodie, the young defencemen are among candidates vying to crack the opening day roster.
Micheal Ferland, who saw action Thursday in Colorado and was named first star in Friday's victory over the Canucks, will not play. The 22-year-old has been a thorn in the side of the Canucks since the 2015 playoffs when his physical play was a catalyst in the Flames opening round win.
The two teams will be well acquainted with each other by the time the regular season is less than a week old. In addition to the back-to-back pre-season set, Calgary will open the season against Vancouver on Oct 7 and then turn around and face the Canucks in Vancouver on Oct. 10.