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Hartley sends message, sits trio

Gaudreau, Monahan among Flames scratches

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches when the Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. 

Gaudreau and Monahan are first and second in scoring for Calgary. 

Calgary coach Bob Hartley was upset at practice Monday, ending it 25 minutes into the skate. Bouma left the ice after 15 minutes with what Hartley called "illness," and he and Monahan reportedly arrived late to practice. 
"That kind of stuff we deal with internally," Hartley said following the Flames morning skate. "It's no different. I've got grounded quite a few times by my parents … trust me. It's part of the game and we deal with those situations and like everyone working in a plant or working in offices, it's not always good days. [Monday] was a bad day and we move on." 
Calgary is coming off a 4-1 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. 
"I thought it was a good practice here today," Gaudreau said following the morning skate Tuesday. "Obviously this week is really important for us and it wasn't our best effort [Monday] on the ice. It's good to get out here and gave a good morning skate and get prepared for tonight. 
"I think the lineup will probably be the same as last time. Most of the time if we in the lineup is the same. Who knows? I'm not really sure yet, but Bob doesn't normally give us lineups until around this time anyways. We'll find out soon enough and hopefully everyone comes prepared to play tonight." 
The Flames entered Tuesday in sixth place in the Pacific Division, eight points behind the third-place Anaheim Ducks. Calgary is nine points back of the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. 
Gaudreau leads the Flames with 21 goals and 28 assists. His 49 points place him 11th in NHL scoring. Monahan is second with 16 goals and 35 points in 51 games. Bouma has one goal in 17 games this season.   

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