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Eriksson scratched for Vancouver; Rieder to make Calgary debut

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (0-1-0) at FLAMES (0-1-0)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SNP, NHL.TV

The Game

Loui Eriksson will be a healthy scratch for the Vancouver Canucks when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

The forward, who had 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Canucks last season, is in the fourth year of a six-year, $36 million contract signed on July 1, 2016.

Adam Gaudette, who had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 56 games last season, will take his place in the lineup.

Tobias Rieder will debut for Calgary. The forward, who was scratched in a season-opening 5-3 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, was invited to training camp with the Flames on a professional tryout contract and signed a one-year, two-way contract Sept. 29. 

 

Players to watch

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL last season, had six points (two goals, four assists) in five games against the Canucks in 2018-19.

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson, who won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year last season, had nine points (four goals, five assists) in five games against Calgary in 2018-19.

 

They said it

"We're playing a pretty good team here tonight. They had almost 110 points last year and pretty well have got the same team, except they've got [Milan Lucic] in the lineup. They're one of the better teams in the league." -- Canucks coach Travis Green

"It'll be a real stiff test here tonight. Our division, I think, has gotten better and it'll be a tough division here this year." -- Flames coach Bill Peters

 

Canucks projected lineup

Micheal Ferland -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- J.T. Miller

Josh Leivo -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Antoine Roussel (knee), Tyler Motte (upper body)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Michael Stone

Injured: None

 

Status report

Rieder will replace Czarnik, who is sore, and play on the fourth line with Jankowski and Mangiapane.

 

Stat pack

Horvat is two goals from 100 in the NHL. …Tanev is two points from 100 in the NHL. … Gaudreau had his 100th NHL multi-point game on Thursday. … Lucic is two goals from 200 in the NHL.

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