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Calgary playing first game without Brodie; Kuemper will start for Arizona

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (10-8-3) at COYOTES (11-7-2)



The Game

The Calgary Flames will play their first game without TJ Brodie when they face the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday. 

The defenseman, who has eight assists in 21 games, is out indefinitely after a medical episode at practice Thursday. Brodie collapsed during a drill, started convulsing and was removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where he remained for testing before being released later that day. 

Arizona is coming off a three-game road trip in which they defeated the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues in a shootout in consecutive days before losing to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday.

Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will start and play in his 200th NHL game. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in five games against Calgary.


Players to watch

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past seven games. 

Coyotes forward Conor Garland has scored in consecutive games and leads the team with nine goals.


They said it

"You've got to focus. You've got to try to move forward. At the same time, it's a teammate who went through a real tough situation. It's going to be in your head, and you'll be thinking about him." -- Flames forward Sean Monahan on playing without TJ Brodie

"We're not near where we want to be. We've hit that point a few times this year (when) we played the way we want to, but we've got to get better." -- Coyotes forward Conor Garland


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Alan Quine

Injured: Juuso Valimaki (knee), TJ Brodie (medical episode)


Coyotes projected lineup

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Ilya Lyubushkin, Barrett Hayton

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)


Status report

Kylington was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday. 


Stat pack

Tkachuk had two goals and an assist, including scoring the winner in overtime, in a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes on Nov. 5. … Kessel has scored one goal in the past 14 games. … Schmaltz will play in his 200th NHL game. … Monahan has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past four games.

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