Game Day: Flames Rolling With Vladar In Trap Game Against Coyotes
Dan Vladar starts his second straight on home ice as his Calgary Flames host the Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome on Monday.
The Calgary Flames (11-10-3) had collectively one of their best efforts of the season on Saturday, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Hockey Night In Canada. Now they face a less heralded opponent in the Arizona Coyotes (7-11-4) Monday night (7 p.m. MT, SN1, Sportsnet960).
Andrew Mangiapane continued to heat up, scoring twice against the Caps for his first multi-goal performance of the season. The line of Adam Ruzicka, Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman was dominant, with seven points between them. Backlund and Ruzicka each had three.
But the biggest story continues to be goaltending, and the Calgary Flames are starting Dan Vladar again on Monday. It's the second straight start on home ice — not something you would normally see from the backup position.
After making 29 saves in the Washington win, Vladar has earned more playing time. And with Jacob Markstrom suggesting he sucks at hockey after his most recent loss, it's allowing him to focus on his details in practices and pre-game skates.
"A little of both," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said on Monday.
The Coyotes have played a lot away from home. And while their record has them sitting seventh in the Central Division with 18 points through 23 games, they have played some strong games against good opponents. They fell in overtime against the Canucks in their last outing, with Brock Boeser scoring late in OT.
"Because they've played so much on the road, they've learned to be a good road team," Sutter said of the Coyotes. "They're a really patient team. They have some young guys with really good skill and speed, and they're getting really good goaltending."
Calgary Flames Projected Lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Dillon Dube – Nazem Kadri – Andrew Mangiapane
Adam Ruzicka – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic – Kevin Rooney – Trevor Lewis
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Arizona Coyotes Projected Lineup
Clayton Keller – Tyler Boyd – Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse – Nick Bjugstad – Matias Maccelli
Liam O'Brien – Jack McBain – Christian Fischer
Barrett Hayton – Dylan Guenther
Jakob Chychrun – Shayne Gostisbehere
Josh Brown – J.J. Moser
Patrik Nemeth – Troy Stecher
*Lineup is 7 defencemen, 11 forwards