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Preview: Flames vs. Canucks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CANUCKS (0-0-0) at FLAMES (0-0-0)

TV: Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2

Season series: The Calgary Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games in their Western Conference First Round series last spring. Flames forward Jiri Hudler had three goals and six points, and Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and six points. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen each had two goals in the series for the Canucks. Vancouver and Calgary each won two games during the regular-season series.

Canucks team scope: Vancouver traded for forward Brandon Sutter at the 2015 NHL Draft and he will start the season on the Canucks' top line with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. "It's pretty special to play with those two guys. They really haven't slowed down one bit," Sutter said after practice Tuesday. Though he wasn't on the Canucks last season, Sutter said they will be motivated to defeat the team that eliminated them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring. "When you lose to a team in the playoffs, there's always that extra intensity going into the next season. It's a new start. We want to be 1-0 to start the season," he said. Rookie forward Jared McCann earned a spot on the roster and will make his NHL debut. "You only play your first game once," McCann said. "[The Flames are] a good team and so are we. It is going to be a battle." Ryan Miller likely will start in goal.

Flames team scope: On Monday, coach Bob Hartley named Karri Ramo the starter in goal for the opener. Ramo was 15-9-3 last season. "I don't care how many goalies there are," Ramo told the Flames website. "All I can do is focus on myself and every time I'm in between the pipes, in the game or in a practice, I focus on stopping pucks." The Flames will carry three goalies, including Jonas Hiller (26-19-4 last season) and Joni Ortio (4-2-0). "We have plenty of options, but at the same time we have confidence in the three guys," Hartley said. "It worked for us last year." Hudler did not practice Tuesday because of the flu and is questionable. Forward Paul Byron was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday; forward Mason Raymond went unclaimed and is still on the roster.

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