Calgary Flames versus St. Louis Blues
St. Louis, Missouri
The Flames started their five-game road off by tripping over their own skates and dropping a 4-3 OT decision in Chicago on Sunday, and they’ll try to right the ship with a pair of games against the Blues this week. This is their second two-game road series after they had two stops in San Jose back in December. Despite some struggles this year, the Blues have won three of their last four.
Our projections start in the blue paint, where it looks like the starter will get a chance to redeem himself.
Per Lou Korac of NHL.com:
This will be Markstrom’s fifth consecutive start, after getting pulled in that disaster against Chicago where he allowed three goals on eleven shots. Prior to that he seemed to be gaining momentum after stopping 24 of 25 against the Islanders last Friday at home. Dan Vladar has been riding the pine since December 28th.
Markstrom enters tonight with a 13-10-4 record overall in 29 contests, carrying a 2.80 GAA and .894 Save Percentage.
In other recent roster news, Dennis Gilbert and Radim Zohorna were sent back down to the AHL as of December 29th, but Zohorna was recalled one day later on December 30th. Other Wranglers making the trip down the hallway are Walker Duehr and Jakob Pelletier who were recalled on January 7th. This leaves the active roster at 23 for the time being.
Duehr skated on the fourth line at practice and is expected to make his season debut for the big club tonight. He is 6’2” weighing 210 pounds and has 10 goals and 6 assists in 31 AHL games this season alongside 20 PIMs. He was on-pace to break a previous AHL career high of 23 points in 59 games. He has played one game on the Flames side previously, back in the 2021-22 campaign.
Barring any major changes when lineups are submitted, they are projected as follows:
FORWARD 1: Dube-Lindholm-Toffoli
FORWARD 2: Lucic-Kadri-Huberdeau
FORWARD 3: Mangiapane-Backlund-Coleman
FORWARD 4: Lewis-Ruzicka-Duehr
GOALTENDERS: Markstrom (starter), Vladar (backup)