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Flames expect to face an angry Avalanche squad

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are expecting an ornery Colorado Avalanche club at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

The Avalanche are set to square off here less than 24 hours after being on the wrong end of an 8-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"They'll probably be an [angry] group [Friday], I would think," Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said. "Generally after teams have an outing like that, they feel like they have something to prove to themselves, their coach, their fans, the League, everybody the next night."

Colorado trailed Edmonton 3-2 midway through the second period Thursday before the Oilers scored five straight goals.

"They took it on the chin pretty good so they're going to come out ready to go, and we know that," said Shane O'Brien, who played for Colorado last season.

It's the Flames' job to squash any early jump from the Avalanche.

"We'll try, for sure," Cammalleri said. "I think they'll definitely want to come out hard. So will we."

It could be difficult for Calgary. The Flames will find themselves shorthanded up front. Joe Colborne missed the morning skate due to illness, and Brian McGrattan, who did skate, is doubtful to play after leaving practice early Thursday.

"Joe called in early this morning sick so maybe he's going to be in, maybe he will not be," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "If you see him in warm-up there's a chance. If he's not there, well, he's sick.

"If [Colborne] is not going, we'll dress seven [defensemen] because that's all that we have right now."

With McGrattan's status in doubt, the Flames recalled Lane MacDermid from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Thursday. MacDermid has yet to play for the Flames since Calgary acquired the 24-year-old from the Dallas Stars on Nov. 22 in a trade for a sixth-round pick.

He said he's eager to make an impression.

"I'm excited," he said. "It's a good opportunity for me and seems like a good group of guys so it'll be a good experience for me. I'm hoping to make a bit of an impression with the club and do my best and hopefully contribute."

Having coached against MacDermid earlier this season, Hartley said he has an idea of what to expect out of him.

"Big kid, up and down," Hartley said. "Physical player, can finish his check, great on forechecks. With [McGrattan's] injury right now we felt like we wanted a little size. That's why we called him up."

Here is how the Avalanche and the Flames might line up:


Mike Cammalleri - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - David Jones

Sven Baertschi - Joe Colborne - Blair Jones

Lane MacDermid - Paul Byron - Lance Bouma

Chris Butler - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - TJ Brodie

Shane O'Brien - Ladislav Smid

Karri Ramo

Reto Berra

Scratched: Derek Smith, Christopher Breen

Injured: Brian McGrattan (undisclosed), Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain), Dennis Wideman (hand), Sean Monahan (foot)


Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - PA Parenteau

Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene - Nathan MacKinnon

Jamie McGinn - John Mitchell - Maxime Talbot

Patrick Bordeleau - Marc-Andre Cliche - Cody McLeod

Nick Holden - Erik Johnson

Tyson Barrie - Nate Guenin

Cory Sarich - Andre Benoit

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Brad Malone

Injured: Jan Hejda (knee), Ryan Wilson (back), Alex Tanguay (knee)

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