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Flames forward Shore expected to play Game 1

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames forward Drew Shore will likely play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), coach Bob Hartley said.

Shore took the place of right wing Mason Raymond in line rushes, and Raymond stayed out for extra work at the morning skate.

"Decisions are not final," Hartley said. "We have some nice options, but there's a possibility that Drew Shore could be in."

Shore would make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut. Raymond played four games against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, in the first round and had one point with a minus-2 rating.

A major storyline is that each team is adept at rallying. Anaheim won an NHL-best 12 games when trailing after two periods in the regular season and did so three times in the first round against the Winnipeg Jets. Calgary won 10 games when trailing after two and was 2-1 in the first round.

"It's important for both teams and it's going to be great for TV ratings because no one's going to leave," Hartley said. "But at the same time, they're two teams with unbelievable workers on both teams … they have confidence that they can come back, and we have confidence that we can come back. We were down 3-0 [to Vancouver in Game 6 of the first round], on the bench, and it was as calm as if we were up 3-0. No one lost faith. Everyone kept going."

Goalie Jonas Hiller will start against Anaheim for the first time in the playoffs. He used to own a house in nearby Newport Beach and spent seven seasons with the Ducks, but the familiarity has worn off and he's ready to get started.

"It's kind of like every time I come back, it feels less and less [like home]," Hiller said. "But at the same time, I know a lot of people here that's around the rink. I'm really familiar and it brings back memories, but … I'm not here to enjoy California. I'm here to play hockey and hopefully get a few wins."

Here are the projected lineups:


Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Joe Colborne

Micheal Ferland - Matt Stajan - David Jones

Brandon Bollig - Josh Jooris- Drew Shore

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

TJ Brodie - Deryk Engelland

Tyler Wotherspoon - David Schlemko

Jonas Hiller

Karri Ramo

Scratched: Mason Raymond, Corey Potter, Markus Granlund, David Wolf

Injured: Ladislav Smid (upper body), Mark Giordano (bicep), Paul Byron (lower body), Raphael Diaz (lower body), Lance Bouma (upper body)


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Kyle Palmieri

Emerson Etem - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Simon Despres

Sami Vatanen - Clayton Stoner

Frederik Andersen

John Gibson

Scratched: James Wisniewski, Korbinian Holzer, Tomas Fleischmann, Jiri Sekac

Injured: Chris Wagner (upper body)

Status report: Wolf, a 25-year-old forward who had 38 points in 59 games with the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League, joined Calgary in Anaheim to absorb an NHL playoff environment, Hartley said.

Who's hot: Hudler had a four-point game, and Monahan had a goal and two assists in Game 6 of the first round.

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