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Heritage Classic in Saskatchewan to be first NHL neutral-site outdoor game in Canada

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

FLAMES (6-5-1) at JETS (5-6-0)

2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic (Mosaic Stadium; Regina, Saskatchewan)



The Game 

The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will meet in the 28th NHL regular-season outdoor game when they play in the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Saturday.

It is the first NHL neutral-site outdoor game in Canada; Winnipeg is the home team.

The Jets, who lost to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday, are 1-4-0 in their past five games, all at home, and have been outscored 17-7 during that span.

The Flames, who defeated the Florida Panthers 6-5 in a shootout on Thursday, have alternated wins and losses in their past five games (3-2-0).

It is the second regular-season outdoor game for each team; The Jets played in the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, losing to the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. The Flames played in the 2011 Heritage Classic, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.


Players to watch 

Flames forward Elias Lindholm leads the team with six goals. He has eight points, third among Calgary forwards behind Matthew Tkachuk (10 points) and Johnny Gaudreau (nine points).

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck is 4-3-0 in his past seven starts with a .941 save percentage and one shutout.


They said it 

"Hopefully [as soon as] the puck drops, you want to have your mind in the right spot and get back to what you know. The whole lead-up is what's special to these games." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano

"I don't know how far Calgary is from here. But it's about a six-hour drive from Winnipeg, so I think there will be a pretty strong contingent from Winnipeg. It should be a great atmosphere. People will do a couple of things in particular to keep warm out there, so it'll be a pretty rowdy crowd and it'll be fun." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Elias Lindholm -- Matthew Tkachuk

Andrew Mangiapane -- Sean Monahan -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Alan Quine -- Derek Ryan -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Harmonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Anderson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Mark Jankowski, Michael Stone

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault -- David Gustafsson -- Gabriel Bourque

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Carl Dahlstrom -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Ville Heinola, Luca Sbisa

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mark Letestu (undisclosed), Mason Appleton (broken foot) 


Status report 

Appleton broke his foot Friday while playing football with teammates before practice at Mosaic Stadium. He will be out at least a month. … Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said Beaulieu could be available during the upcoming road trip. … Sbisa was claimed on waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and practiced for the first time with the Jets on Friday. … Quine was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday when Czarnik was placed on injured reserve.


Stat pack 

Hamonic will play his 600th NHL game. … Mangiapane has a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists). … Giordano has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games. … The Jets have nine players who played in the 2016 Heritage Classic (Connor, Ehlers, Hellebuyck, Laine, Lowry, Morrissey, Perreault, Scheifele, Wheeler); the Flames have two who played in the 2011 Heritage Classic (Backlund, Giordano).

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