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Flames call up Baertschi for game vs. Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

FLAMES (6-4-2) at CANADIENS (8-2-1)


MONTREAL -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley will be able to put his limited knowledge of the Swiss-German language to rare use Sunday at Bell Centre.

Calgary will have three players from Switzerland in its lineup for the game against the Montreal Canadiens, including forward Sven Baertschi, who was recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Goalie Jonas Hiller will make his fifth straight start and former Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz returns after he was left out of the Flames lineup for the past five games.

"To have them [play] together, I think there are a lot Swiss people who are going to be very happy, and they deserve to be because they work really well with their youngsters," said Hartley, who coached the Zurich-based ZSC Lions to Switzerland's National League A championship in 2012 before he was hired by Calgary.

Baertschi arrived in Montreal at about 2 a.m. after driving up from the Flames minor-league affiliate in Glens Falls, N.Y., after playing in Adirondack's 5-4 loss to Utica on Saturday.

"I'm really happy about that extra hour of sleep," Baertschi said.

The 22-year-old had three assists in 10 games with Adirondack.

"The last week Sven has been playing good and if there's one young player on our hockey club that knows the DNA of this organization, it's Sven," Hartley said. "It's about hard work, it's about consistency, it's about playing the game right way, so for him it's a good challenge. We have some injuries so he's going to have a regular line and we're expecting a big game, like we're expecting out of everyone."

The Flames called up Baertschi after placing forward Joe Colborne on injured reserve.

"I just thought I really got my legs going," Baertschi said. "In the end, as a player, that's the biggest thing. If I don't get my legs going then I'm always a step behind, so I felt like I started skating well, and I've started making my plays and started getting a lot of chances. The puck didn't want to go in but I've had plenty of opportunities."

Here are the projected lineups:


Curtis Glencross - Sean Monahan - David Jones

Johnny Gaudreau - Markus Granlund - Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi - Paul Byron - Devin Setoguchi

Brandon Bollig - Lance Bouma - Josh Jooris

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Ladislav Smid - Raphael Diaz

Jonas Hiller

Karri Ramo

Scratched: Deryk Engelland, Brian McGrattan

Injured: Sam Bennett (shoulder surgery) Mason Raymond (shoulder), Matt Stajan (knee), Joe Colborne (upper body), Mikael Backlund (abdominal strain), Michael Ferland (head)


Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Dale Weise

Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

Rene Bourque - Alex Galchenyuk - Brendan Gallagher

Brandon Prust - Manny Malhotra - Travis Moen

Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Tom Gilbert

Nathan Beaulieu - Mike Weaver

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Jiri Sekac, Michael Bournival

Injured: None

Status report: Ferland was injured in his NHL debut Friday on a hit by Nashville Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov and did not make the trip. Diaz will play in place of Engelland, who sits out after playing five games in a row. McGrattan will be left out of the lineup for the sixth time in seven games. Jooris takes his spot on the Flames fourth line. The Canadiens are expected to start the line combinations that coach Michel Therrien used in the third period Thursday in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks.

Who's hot: Hiller is 4-0-1 in his past five starts. He has allowed six goals over that span. Price has gone 5-0-1 since his only regulation loss of the season on Oct. 13, when he was pulled after giving up four goals in a 7-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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