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Gulutzan looking for players to stand out tonight against Vancouver


The Flames will have a much younger lineup in place as they host the Canucks tonight for their second pre-season game.

"We've got tryout guys and young guys here that are pushing for spots and now we need some separation because as every game passes the lineups will get a little thinner," coach Glen Gulutzan said following the group's morning skate. "So just want to see who separates themselves in these types of games."

A number of prospects will feature in this contest, including Dillon Dube, who had an impressive showing in his first pre-season game Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

"I think it's just game by game and kinda, you know, take steps every game," Dube said. "You get better every game so they can see that improvement, see that I'm making strides to get to the NHL soon and you know, I just want to be here as long as I can."

Mark Jankowski, who scored off of an amazing setup by Dube on Monday, shared a similar sentiment.

"I'm looking forward to just making an impact and helping the team win," said Jankowski. "I wanna be someone the team can rely on for offence, defence. They play us in the o-zone and obviously have a good 200-ft. game and just show the coaching staff and management what I can bring to the team."

Jankowski will play alongside a familiar linemate in Andrew Mangiapane, but the addition of veteran Kris Versteeg has him excited, too.

"He's a really good player, obviously," Jankowski said of Versteeg. "I've watched him for a number of years and you know, just being able to talk to him about different stuff on the ice and where really to be and just try to build that chemistry before the game. He's obviously a great playmaker; I know that if I just have my stick on the ice he'll put the puck there so it's really exciting playing with him."

The defence will see a slight shakeup as well, as 2017 first-round pick Juuso Valimaki will suit up alongside veteran Michael Stone for the first time in game action.

"That's awesome," said Valimaki. "He's a nice guy in the room and obviously on the ice he's a great player and yeah, it's going to be a lot of fun, for sure. It was a lot of fun on Monday and it'll be a lot of fun today for sure and it's just awesome to be here and play with these guys."


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