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Projected Lines

Calgary Flames versus Chicago Blackhawks

Scotiabank Saddledome

Calgary, Alberta

The Flames will wrap up a four game homestand tonight as we inch closer to the NHL All-Star Break, as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town.

We’ll see a few lineup changes tonight, and our projections start in the blue paint.

Per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960:

Markstrom returns to the crease after yielding two starts to Dan Vladar. His break was well deserved, as he’s struggled this year and particularly lately. Markstrom is winless in his last four outings, with two regulation losses, an OTL, and getting pulled the last time he faced Chicago. He carries an overall record of 13-12-5 with a 2.82 Goals Against Average alongside an .895 Save Percentage.

After the Saturday afternoon post-game hullabaloo of his NHL debut, Jakob Pelletier will stay in the lineup for his third straight game despite any uproar of dismissal from his head coach.

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 now have more appearances than previous undersized callup Matthew Phillips, who only saw two NHL games of action.

The team announced on Tuesday that d-man Chris Tanev will be getting some injury recovery time ahead of the All-Star Break. He injured his non-surgically repaired shoulder and will be off tonight and tomorrow, and will also get an extra week of recovery from the break. As reported yesterday, Connor Mackey skated in his stead at practice and that will bump Nikita Zadorov up one pairing to play with Mackenzie Weegar, which will move Weegar back to his strong side. Mackey will slide in with Michael Stone on the third pairing.

Lineup Looks:


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

D1: Hanifin-Andersson

D2: Zadorov-Weegar

D3: Mackey-Stone

GOALTENDERS: Markstrom (starter), Vladar (backup)

by MilhouseFirehouse