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

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

The Flames are expected to go with the same lineup that produced a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday as they continue a four-game homestand today against the Carolina Hurricanes (2 p.m. MT; Sportsnet West, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN).

David Rittich could make his league-leading 27th start of the season, after delivering 32 saves in Thursday's triumph, improving to 15-7-4, along with a .914 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.

With the matinee start, the Flames did not a morning skate, so the following forward line combinations and D pairs are based on how they were deployed at Friday's practice:



Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane

Dillon Dube - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Johnny Gaudreau

Tobias Rieder - Mark Jankowski - Michael Frolik



Mark Giordano - Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

TJ Brodie - Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington



David Rittich

Cam Talbot


On Friday, Calgary native Matthew Phillips was returned to the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, after being recalled prior to Tuesday's date with the Desert Dogs.

He did not appear in either of the two games while he was up.

Fellow forwards Austin Czarnik and Sam Bennett, meanwhile, are back practicing - forming a 'fifth line' with Zac Rinaldo on Friday - but both players remain on LTIR.


Update at 9:45 a.m.:


Tweet from @Fan960Steinberg: Looks like Zac Rinaldo and Michael Stone healthy scratches today vs. Carolina. Both skating this morning at the Saddledome. Oliver Kylington coming back in.Sam Bennett (upper body) and Austin Czarnink (lower body) also skating this morning. #Flames


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