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Preview: Flames vs. Jets

The Flames host the Jets on Sunday at 7:00 PM MT

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

JETS (2-1-0) @ FLAMES (2-2-0)

Broadcast: 7:00 PM MT; Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

Season Series: The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets meet for the second time in the pre-season on Sunday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames claimed a decisive 3-0 victory over the Jets on Tuesday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, with defenceman Brett Kulak scoring twice and goaltender Chad Johnson making 21 saves in the two periods he played in. David Rittich took over the goaltending duties in the third period, making six saves to preserve the shutout.

Jets team scope: On Saturday, the Jets re-assigned 17 players to the Manitoba Moose or the players' respective junior clubs. Winnipeg now has 25 forwards, 13 defencemen and four goaltenders remaining on their training camp roster, including 2016 second overall pick Patrik Laine. The Finnish forward made his NHL pre-season debut on Friday in the Jets' 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, finishing with one shot on net in 13:57 of ice time. Laine could be in the lineup on Sunday evening. Another high-end prospect who remains on the Jets' camp roster is Jack Roslovic, who was drafted 25th overall in 2015. The forward signed an entry-level contract with the Jets in the summer so if he does not make Winnipeg roster, he can be assigned to Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League or to the London Knights, who hold his Ontario Hockey League rights.

Flames team scope: While Calgary's roster hasn't been released, head coach Glen Gulutzan has revealed Johnson will get the start in net and forwards Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund will make their pre-season debuts. Frolik played for the Czech Republic at the World Cup and has just recently joined Flames practices. Backlund played for Sweden at the World Cup, suffering a concussion in the round robin portion of the tournament. He was flown back to Calgary for his recovery and took part in recent practices with a non-contact jersey. Today, he was cleared for contact and deemed eligible to play in Sunday's game. The Flames are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The line of Matthew Tkachuk-Sam Bennett-Troy Brouwer line combined for five points in the win, with Brouwer and Tkachuk netting the Flames goals.

 

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