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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. DUCKS

Calgary's projected forward lines, D pairings and goaltenders for tonight's game

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

ANAHEIM - There will be at least one lineup change tonight when the Flames face the Ducks.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed Austin Czarnik will play, this after Dillon Dube was officially placed on the IR this morning, retroactive to Nov. 3 when he suffered a concussion on a hit by Duncan Keith in a game against the Blackhawks.

"He was playing well," said Peters of Czarnik. "I wasn't disappointed in his game at all but what happened is he came out of the lineup and the team started to play well and started to win and it was hard to make a lineup change. Now with the injury (to Dube), obviously there is an opportunity to do that. He's a good player, we have to make sure we give him enough ice time tonight to be successful and I think we'll be able to do that."

Czarnik skated on a line in the morning skate with Mark Jankowski and Anthony Peluso - who was called up earlier in the day - on the other wing.

However, Peters said no decision has been made yet on whether Peluso or Garnet Hathaway will get the nod in that slot come gametime tonight. 

"We'll see," said Peters. "We got a choice here, we got Peluso and we got Hath who can play on that line ... I think we have real good options no matter what we do."

Mike Smith will get the start in net.

Below are the lines and pairing from today's morning skate.

 

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ SABRES

Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

BUFFALO - The only change to the Flames lineup tonight against the Sabres will be David Rittich in net.

Mike Smith stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs and head coach Bill Peters confirmed Tuesday morning that he'll get the night off.

"Back-to-back with travel, we'll go with Ritter," said Peters following his team's optional morning skate at the KeyBank Center. "Ritter's been real good, lots of confidence in him. You look at his numbers, they've been excellent. Smitty can enjoy the game last night, then day off tomorrow and then right back at it."

Peters was asked by media if he'll make any other changes given his club is playing two games in as many nights, but said each situation is different and in this case they will skate the same lineup they did in Toronto.

"What I like to do is reward the guys who are playing well and we're coming off a real good effort," said Peters. "And who would you take out? How do you justify taking someone out now? If guys are dinged up and you're playing three in four, that's a little bit different. If the travel is excessive, that's a little bit different. Again, it was easy travel, guys played well, guys deserve to stay in. When you're out, you gotta dig in (to get back in). And when you're in the lineup, you gotta play well to stay in. That's the competition of it and it's a good healthy competition and we're lucky to have it."

 

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ MAPLE LEAFS

Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

TORONTO - Mike Smith will get the start in net tonight when the Flames take on the Auston Matthews-less Maple Leafs.

Matthews hurt his shoulder in a win over the Jets on Saturday night and was placed on IR yesterday, expected to miss at least four weeks.

Smith, who stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals on Saturday, will face a Toronto lineup with plenty of firepower still in players such as Mitch Marner and John Tavares.

 

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ BLUES

Calgary's projected forward lines, D pairings and goaltenders for tonight's game

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Mike Smith will start in goal and Dillon Dube will be a game-time decision as the Flames look for their third straight win tonight when they visit the St. Louis Blues (6 p.m. MT - Sportsnet Flames/Sportsnet 906 The FAN).

Dube (lower body) was absent at Wednesday's practice with what head coach Bill Peters called a "maintenance day."

Smith, meanwhile, is coming off a 43-save showcase that tied his own franchise record for wins in a shutout. Peters' original plan was to play David Rittich tonight, but with Smith's hot play warranted another start. Rittich is slated to play on Saturday when the Flames finish up this three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche, but Peters did warn:

"Plans can change."

Here are tonight's projected forward line combinations, D pairs and starting goaltender:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ DUCKS

The Flames' projected lines, defence pairings and goaltender for tonight's game in Anaheim

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

As per this morning's line rushes at practice, the Flames will roll with the lines they used in the second half of their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ SHARKS

Calgary will make a few lineup changes tonight in San Jose

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Glen Gulutzan will make a couple of lineup changes tonight in the Flames' final regular season game.

Defenceman Rasmus Andersson will make his NHL debut and Dennis Wideman will remain in the lineup, giving the coaching staff a chance to rest veterans Mark Giordano and Deryk Engelland.

Up front, Mikael Backlund and Kris Versteeg will get the night off as well with Freddie Hamilton and Curtis Lazar will remaining in the lineup.

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ KINGS

Calgary will make a few lineup changes tonight in LA

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

With only two games left in the regular season, head coach Glen Gulutzan will be making a few lineup changes to ensure players get ample amounts of rest ahead of the postseason.

Lance Bouma, Matt Stajan and Michael Stone are expected to sit tonight while Freddie Hamilton, Curtis Lazar and Dennis Wideman will return to the lineup.

In addition, Brian Elliott will get the night off and Jon Gillies will make his NHL debut.

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ DUCKS

Calgary's projected lineup for tonight's game in Anaheim

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames will make one lineup change tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks at 8:00 p.m. (SN1, SN960).

Chad Johnson will get the start in net, giving Brian Elliott a night off from his lengthy run. Freddie Hamilton, Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Andersson, and Dennis Wideman are expected to be healthy scratches.

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. DUCKS

Calgary's projected lineup vs. the Anaheim Ducks

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

It appears the Flames will tinker with two forward lines tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m. (SN1, SN960).

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. SHARKS

Calgary's projected lineup for tonight's tilt against San Jose

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames will continue to roll with their usual lineup tonight when they take on the San Jose Sharks at 7:00 p.m. (SNW,SN960).

Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton, Rasmus Andersson, and Dennis Wideman are expected to be healthy scratches this evening.

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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