Game Day: Nick Ritchie on second line, Walker Duehr sits for Flames against host Stars
Ritchie, who was acquired by the Flames on Friday along with defenceman Troy Stecher at the NHL trade deadline, appeared at this morning’s skate on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri.
Nick Ritchie is in, Walker Duehr is out and Calgary Flames' forward lines outside Mikael Backlund's have gone into a blender for tonight's game against the host Dallas Stars.
Ritchie, who was acquired by the Flames on Friday along with defenceman Troy Stecher at the NHL trade deadline, appeared at this morning's skate on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri.
It'll be his first game as a Flame after sitting out Saturday's shutout loss to the Minnesota WIld.
Dillon Dube was shuttled to centre the fourth line between Milan Lucic and Trevor Lewis, while Jakob Pelletier was pushed up to the Flames' top line alongside Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli.
Just when I thought they reunited the Ritchie brothers I find out one was traded for the other. I really hope they don't put him on the second line, but they'll probably put him on the second line. #Flames
— Steve Macfarlane (@MacfarlaneHKY) March 3, 2023
Steve's reaction on Friday to Nick Ritchie potentially being slotted on the second line (quite the premonition, by the way!) was primarily out of concern for Jakob Pelletier's place in the lineup. That was alleviated as he's been elevated to the top unit.
Calgary Flames projected lines
- Jakob Pelletier – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
- Jonathan Huberdeau – Nazem Kadri – Nick Ritchie
- Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
- Milan Lucic – Dillon Dube – Trevor Lewis
- MacKenzie Weegar – Rasmus Andersson
- Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev
- Nikita Zadorov – Troy Stecher
- Jacob Markstrom
Dallas Stars projected lines:
- Jason Robertson – Roope Hintz – Joe Pavelski
- Mason Marchment – Max Domi- Tyler Seguin
- Jamie Benn – Wyatt Johnston – Evgenii Dadonov
- Joel Kiviranta – Radek Faksa – Ty Dellandrea
- Miro Heiskanen – Colin Miller
- Esa Lindell – Jani Hakanpaa
- Ryan Suter – Nils Lundkvist
- Jake Oettinger