DENVER - The veteran and the kid are together again.
Rasmus Andersson will join Mark Giordano on the Flames' top pairing in Game 3. The rookie defenceman was promoted to his perch alongside the captain in the third period of Game 2, earning himself another spin with Giordano in Denver.
"We've played together before and it's always fun," Andersson said following the Flames' pre-game skate at the Pepsi Center. "He's such a good player. You give the puck to him a little bit extra because he is who he is. You really enjoy it when you play with him."
Prior to be partnered with Giordano, Andersson was skating alongside fellow Swede Oscar Fantenberg. The two play different styles but Andersson is comfortable with how his game pairs with each of them.
"He's an offensive guy, I know that," Andersson said of Giordano. "I'll try to cover for him as much as I can and I tell him, if he wants to jump up, jump up as much as he wants and I'll stay back."
Check out the full projected lineup for Game 3:
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - James Neal
Andrew Mangiapane - Derek Ryan - Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano - Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oscar Fantenberg - TJ Brodie