Game #5: Devils at Flames Game Thread

Paul Bereswill

The Flames, unbeaten in regulation time so far, take on the New Jersey Devils tonight, who are still looking for their first win of the season after going 0-1-3 in their first four games so far.

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After a somewhat surprising win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in which the Flames actually managed to hold on to the lead despite allowing 35 shots for the opposition, the Flames are back at it tonight at the 'Dome against the winless Devils, who come to Calgary having lost their past two games in Edmonton and Vancouver.

The Flames kept up with the trend they've set so far this season against the Habs, scoring early and often to accumulate a 3-0 lead early in the second period. They scored two goals on five shots in the opening frame, both beauties by the line of Sven Baertschi, Sean Monahan and Lee Stempniak, and with Glencross' powerplay marker early in the middle frame, that was enough to help them withstand the barrage of shots from the Canadiens--mostly PK Subban, who fired a team high six pucks at Joey MacDonald.

Devils fans are frustrated not only by their team's lack of wins so far this season, but also by coach Peter DeBoer's seeming refusal to give his young players ice time, a problem many Flames fans will be familiar with pre-rebuild. That seems to have been remedied to some degree tonight, as 2011 fourth overall pick Adam Larsson and 22-year-old forward Jacob Josefson will play for the Devils tonight.

Here are your projected lines and pairings for tonight's game:

Flames:

Glencross-Street-Galiardi

Baertschi-Monahan-Stempniak

Bouma-Backlund-Hudler

Jackman-Colbore-McGrattan

Despite having called up Blair Jones to replace the injured David Jones, who went down in Wednesday's game with an upper body injury, he will not play tonight. Tim Jackman will suit up for his first game of the season instead. I will also take this opportunity to advocate for the line of Bouma-Backlund-Baertschi to become a thing at some point tonight.

Giordano-Brodie

Wideman-Russell

O'Brien-Butler

MacDonald

Devils (via Fire and Ice's Tom Gulittii):

Zubrus-Elias-Jagr

Clowe-Henrique-Ryder

Olesz-Zajac-Brunner

Josefson-Gionta-Bernier

Salvador-Zidlicky

Greene-Larsson

Volchenkov-Harold

Brodeur

Go Flames!

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