Calgary Flames versus New York Rangers
The Flames have their hotly anticipated rematch with the New York Rangers tonight on the second game of their homestand. The last go-round was widely considered one of the most entertaining games this season across the league, with Calgary losing in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
Our projections start in the blue paint, where we’ll see a swap.
Per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960:
Markstom will swap out Dan Vladar, who allowed five goals on twenty-four shots in an ugly loss to the rebuilding Red Wings two nights ago. Dan was expected to get his shot at starting a few more games but that seems up in the air after he posted a .792 Save Percentage in that “show me” contest. Markstrom carries his own woes into tonight, having picked up only one win in his last eight games. Overall he sits on an .893 Save Percentage for the year, and a 2.93 Goals Against Average. Markstrom has a 14-13-7 record.
Flames center Elias Lindholm left morning skate today, but it was good news!
Adam Ruzicka skated in Lindholm’s spot after his departure, and we’ll see at puck drop which one plays tonight. Congrats to the Lindholms on their new bundle of joy!
Rasmus Andersson was day-to-day after his traffic accident suffered in Detroit last week. Injuries sustained caused him to miss three straight games, and Dennis Gilbert had subbed in for him since the injury. Rasmus made his return in the Detroit game, where he had one assist and one block.
Barring any major changes when lineups are submitted, they are projected as follows:
Markstrom (start) Vladar (backup)