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Smith to make sixth consecutive start for Calgary; Vancouver defenseman Edler out 4-6 weeks

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

FLAMES (3-2-0) at CANUCKS (1-1-1)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, NHL.TV


The Game 

Goaltender Mike Smith will make his sixth straight start to begin the season for the Calgary Flames against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, despite being pulled the night before.

Smith, 3-2-0 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .929 save percentage, gave up five goals on 22 shots and was replaced by Eddie Lack with 12:02 left to play in a 6-0 loss against the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Video: OTT@CGY: Smith snags wrister to rob Hoffman

Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL, sustained in the first period of a 4-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.


Players to watch

Forward Jaromir Jagr has no points in two games with the Flames after signing a one-year, $1 million contract with Calgary on Oct. 2, but the 45-year-old told coach Glen Gulutzan he is better in the second half of back-to-backs and Gulutzan said Jagr, who had four shots Friday, created the most offense against Ottawa. 

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and his two goals already matches his total in 53 games last season.

Video: WPG@VAN: Tanev blisters one-timer past Hellebuyck


They said it

"Yeah, it does appear like a good opportunity, a good storyline, but [Smith] has played that well that we thought we would go back to him." - Flames coach Glen Gulutzan on starting Smith in back-to-back games

"I'm excited to get the opportunity to play, a little nervous right now, but as we get closer to the game I am sure it will wear off." -- Canucks defenseman Derrick Pouliot, who will replace Edler and play his first game since being acquired in trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 3


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Curtis Lazar

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Jaromir Jagr

Micheal Ferland -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Freddie Hamilton 

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Matt Bartkowski -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Tanner Glass, Brett Kulak

Injured: None


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Thomas Vanek

Sam Gagner -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Loui Eriksson

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Jake Virtanen, Alex Biega

Injured: Alexander Edler (knee)


Status report

Gulutzan said Freddie Hamilton will enter the Flames lineup, but would not say which forward was coming out. "We have a couple guys nicked up so we'll have some game-time decisions," Gulutzan said. … Virtanen will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season, replaced by Burmistrov, who was scratched Thursday.


Stat pack

Despite being shut out Friday, Calgary has four players with at least four points: Gaudreau, with seven points (one goal, six assists); Brodie, with five (two goals, three assists); Monahan, with four (two goals, two assists); and Tkachuk, also with four (two goals, two assists). … Markstrom will make his fourth straight start to open the season. 

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