Calgary Flames versus Columbus Blue Jackets
The Flames picked up a big pair of regulation points again the Lightning on Saturday’s Hockey Day In Canada, and they’ll look to continue righting the ship tonight as they host Johnny Hockey and the Blue Jackets.
Our projections start in the crease, where Hot Hand Dan will get another go!
Per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960:
This is Vladar’s first back-to-back starter stint since earlier in the month, when he started January 12th & 14th against in consecutive wins at St. Louis and Dallas. Jacob Markstrom will hit the pine after a tough loss to the Avs last Wednesday after seeing his own two straight starts, both of which he took the loss. Vladar stopped 21 in a 6-3 win on Saturday, and is 8-0-3 in his last eleven games. His overall record sits at 9-4-4 with a .906 Save Percentage and 2.74 Goals Against Average.
After the Saturday afternoon hullabaloo of his NHL debut, Jakob Pelletier will stay in the lineup tonight despite any uproar of dismissal from his head coach.
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. With Zohorna heading back down the other way as of January 13th, this leaves the active roster at 22 for the time being.
Pelletier was the Flames 26th overall selection at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He has 24 points in 31 games with the Wranglers, currently surpassing the near-PPG pace he had last year with the Stockton Heat. He clocks in at 5’9” and 160 pounds but his size isn’t limiting his usage, as he’ll match appearances with previous undersized callup Matthew Phillips who only saw two NHL games.
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: Pelletier-Lewis-Duehr
GOALTENDERS: Vladar (starter), Markstrom (backup)