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Irving to make rare start for Flames

by Curtis Zupke
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Leland Irving is expected to make only his third appearance of 2012 and the sixth of his career Friday against the Ducks after Miikka Kiprusoff backstopped Calgary on Thursday.

Irving grabbed the backup spot ahead of Henrik Karlsson with a 1-3-3 record and 3.26 goals-against average, compared to 0-4-1 with a 3.45 GAA for Karlsson.

While Irving never has faced the Ducks, former Flame Niklas Hagman is familiar with him.

"He's a little bit of a smaller goalie, but he played really good," Hagman said of Irving.

Here is the rest of what the Flames' lineup, and the Ducks' lineup, likely will look like when the teams meet tonight at Honda Center:

Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - David Moss
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Blake Comeau
Lance Bouma - Roman Horak - Tim Jackman

Derek Smith - Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
TJ Brodie - Cory Sarich

Leland Irving will play his sixth NHL game tonight, starting in place of Miikka Kiprusoff, who will serve as the backup.

Niklas Hagman - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Andrew Cogliano - Devante Smith-Pelly
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley - Nick Bonino

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller will start in net, with Jeff Deslauriers the backup.
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