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Shinkaruk in, Johnson to start against Ducks

The Flames could also make changes on the blueline in Anaheim

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

ANAHEIM, CA -- Just over seven months ago in Anaheim, Hunter Shinkaruk scored a goal he won't ever forget.

Earning some power play time in the second period, Shinkaruk slid into the high slot after Sean Monahan had won a draw and knocked the puck back to Mark Giordano. The Flames' captain hammered a shot from the point and Shinkaruk was able to deflect the puck past Frederik Andersen for his first NHL goal.

Tonight in Anaheim, he will be suiting up for his first game with the Flames in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Calgary, AB product was recalled yesterday, earning the call-up after scoring four goals and seven points in seven games with the Stockton Heat this season.

"(He's) playing with a lot of passion," head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Making plays, making offensive plays, and being around the net all the time. Brad (Treliving) was in Stockton and watched the game, I believe it was on Friday night ... we had two or three of our young players play really well. A left winger going down, it's a good chance for Hunter to come in and show."

Shinkaruk draws in as a result of Lance Bouma suffering an upper body injury in last night's 5-0 loss to the LA Kings. Bouma played just 6:10 before a hit from Dwight King took him out of the game.

"I did watch it a couple times and he just got pinched against the wall. Not a huge hit by any means, I think it was King - he actually almost kind of let up a bit," Gulutzan explained. "But it was awkward the way he went in. He just didn't have anywhere to go. We'll wait and see how he's evaluated today and we'll have a better idea for tomorrow."

Forward Freddie Hamilton, who replaced an injured Kris Versteeg (groin, week-to-week) in LA, will remain in the lineup tonight in Anaheim. F. Hamilton had 12:51 of ice time in last night's loss, starting the night on a line with Bouma and Matt Stajan.

In net, the Flames will go with Chad Johnson. The 30-year-old is 2-1-1 this season and holds a 2.67 GAA and a .908 save percentage in those four appearances. He picked up a win in his last start, a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. In that win, he made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Johnson has played one game against Anaheim in his career, posting a shutout on Dec. 17, 2015 while he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres. In that win, he set the Buffalo franchise record for most saves in a regular season shutout with 44.

The Flames may make changes on the blueline as well. Last night, Jyrki Jokipakka and Dennis Wideman were healthy scratches against the Kings.

"We haven't decided on the (defence) because we have guys at the rink skating right now so we're posting our lineup at noon when everyone gets back," Gulutzan said.

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