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Jagr won't play for Calgary; Mason looks to rebound for Winnipeg

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (0-1-0) at FLAMES (0-1-0)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Forward Jaromir Jagr, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday, will not make his debut with the Calgary Flames against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Jagr has practiced three times with the Flames, including Saturday, but deemed himself not yet ready for game action.

"He just said he felt a lot better the second day than he did the first, (and) that he probably needs a couple more skates, good skates, so we skated him both days, and then after practice he said he needed a couple more," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's pretty remarkable, though. I thought he was very good yesterday. For a 45-year-old guy to come in with no training camp and come in and he's arguably one of our best guys yesterday, but he needs a couple more days to get up to game speed."

Goaltender Steve Mason will make his second straight start for the Jets. Mason, who signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.1 million on July 1, was pulled 36 seconds into the third period after allowing five goals on 20 shots in a season-opening 7-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele led the Jets in assists (50) and points (82) playing in 79 games last season, and scored in the season-opening loss to the Maple Leafs.

Calgary left wing Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames in assists (43) and points (61) for a second straight season in 2016-17.

 

They said it

"It'd be nice to get in the win column here. The first game didn't go the way we wanted. We understand that, but in the big picture, it's one of 82 and we have a great opportunity here tonight to get back to a good feeling." -- Mason on putting the loss Wednesday behind them

"It's an important game for both clubs. ... we want to get off to a good start." -- Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Nic Petan

Brandon Tanev -- Andrew Copp -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Tyler Myers

Steve Mason

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot, Tucker Poolman

Injured: Matt Hendricks (lower body)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Curtis Lazar

Tanner Glass -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Matt Bartkowski -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Jaromir Jagr, Freddie Hamilton, Brett Kulak

Injured: None

 

Status report

Petan will play after being scratched Wednesday. Dano is expected to come out of the lineup. … Lazar will play on a line with Bennett and Versteeg with Jagr not playing.

 

Stat pack

Wheeler has a team-leading 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 14 games against the Flames in his career. ... The Jets went 7-13-1 against Pacific Division teams last season. … The Flames are 16-17-8-3 in home openers. 

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