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Calgary's projected forward lines, D pairs and starting goaltender

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

SUNRISE - Cam Talbot will get the start in goal today as the Flames close out a five-game road trip against the Florida Panthers.

Talbot is 9-10-1, along with a .914 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average, in 23 appearances this year.

In his last action on Feb. 19 - at home to the Boston Bruins - he stopped 19 of 23 shots in a 4-3 defeat.

The Flames, who did not hold a morning skate because of the back-to-back scenario, will otherwise go with the same lineup as yesterday:



Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Andrew Mangiapane - Mikael Backlund - Matthew Tkachuk
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Tobias Rieder



Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Rasmus Andersson
Derek Forbort - Erik Gustafsson



Cam Talbot


With the Flames coming off a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning less than 24 hours ago, fatigue may be a factor, but interim head coach Geoff Ward is hoping his team responds with a strong "emotional attachment" to the game today.

"What you think and how you feel determine an awful lot for you," he said. "If you're mentally in a good spot and emotionally in a good spot, then the fatigue factor becomes less for you."


Video: "We've got to play our best game"


The Flames - who are playing their fifth game in eight days, with heavy in between - could finish the trip with a 3-1-1 record for seven of a possible 10 points with a win today.

That's all the motivation they need.

"Coming into it, a week ago, if you said we'd get seven of 10 points on the road trip, we'd probably be pretty happy with it, based on our opponents, the travel, the back-to-back and all those things," Ward said.

"We've got the opportunity today - we've got to look forward to it and play our best game."

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