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Flames will go with 11 forwards and seven defencemen tonight in Winnipeg

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - A couple of questions marks are facing the Flames in preparation for tonight's matchup with the Winnipeg Jets.

With Sean Monahan already ruled out due to an illness, one other forward will also be absent for this all-Canadian clash.

Head coach Bill Peters would not reveal who that forward is.

"We're going to figure it out," he said between meetings at the team hotel, after a 3:30 a.m. arrival from Calgary. "That's what we're doing in there right now."

As a result, the Flames will be going with 11 forwards and seven defencemen.

Alan Quine, who was recalled from the Stockton Heat on Mar. 10, will draw into the lineup up front. On the backend, Michael Stone - who missed 42 games with a blood clot - will play for the first time since Nov. 11.

In goal, Mike Smith will get the start after backing up David Rittich in each of the past three. Smith last appeared in a 2-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Mar. 7, when he stopped 26 of 28 shots. He's 5-2-1 dating back to Feb. 14, and has a .918 save percentage in that span.

"We don't have the lines firmed up yet," said Peters.


Sam Bennett is not participating in the pre-game warmup. Here are the line rushes:

Johnny Gaudreau - Derek Ryan - Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Andrew Mangiapane - Mark Jankowski - Austin Czarnik
Alan Quine - (Derek Ryan) - Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oscar Fantenberg - Rasmus Andersson
Michael Stone


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