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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. MAPLE LEAFS

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

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Matthew Tkachuk will be a game-time decision tonight as the Flames open a four-game homestand against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. MT; Sportsnet West, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN).

Tkachuk, who missed Tuesday's win over the Arizona Coyotes with an upper-body injury, was back in his usual spot on the top line with Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane at the morning skate

"I feel good," Tkachuk said. "Had a good skate, had some work done this morning. I'll get some more work in before the game and then we'll decide once I get to the rink - probably before the team meeting."

If Tkachuk does play, it appears that Zac Rinaldo will be the odd-man out, based on the morning line rushes.

"We haven't made our decision on the lineup yet," cautioned interim head coach Geoff Ward. "We've got extra bodies coming back now, we've got guys that are called up now, so we put guys together.

"We've got some tough decisions in terms of our lineup now with everybody back, but that's a good thing for us. When you're sitting here as a coaching staff and you don't have hard decisions to make about who's going in, you probably don't have the depth that you want in your lineup."

In goal, David Rittich will get the start as he looks to improve on a 14-7-4 record, a .913 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average.

Here are the forward line combinations and D pairs used at the morning skate:

 

FORWARDS

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

 

DEFENCE

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

 

GOALTENDERS

David Rittich
Cam Talbot

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