After beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday, the Flames play their final home game of the season tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
Miikka Kiprusoff will start again in what could possibly be the final NHL game of his career, and it will be tough for him to top his performance from Wednesday night, in which he made 36 saves and saved the Flames' bacon multiple times in a game where strange goals and lucky bounces reigned supreme. The win over the Red Wings combined with wins by the Blue Jackets and the Stars officially eliminated the Flames from playoff contention.
Bob Hartley has tinkered with his lineup again ahead of tonight's game, as Brian McGrattan will draw back into the lineup after missing several games with a shoulder injury and the recently signed Ben Hanowski will be scratched tonight.
The Flames have also recalled Mark Cundari, the defenceman acquired in the Jay Bouwmeester trade, from the Abbotsford Heat, but reports indicate he will not play tonight, even though Dennis Wideman is out with an upper body injury and Chris Butler is questionable with the flu. Anton Babchuk will draw back into the lineup tonight.
The Flames have also announced a few signings in recent days. Markus Granlund was signed to an entry-level deal today, following the signings of defenceman John Ramage and goalie Reto Berra, also acquired in the Bouwmeester deal.
Granlund's deal will see him earn an average of $925,000 per year for three years, whereas Ramage will earn approximately $900,000 for two years. Berra's contract is a one-year deal at approximately $1.4M.
Stay tuned for more coverage on Flames prospects as the season winds down.
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Anaheim has already clinched a playoff spot, leading the Pacific division with 60 points in 43 games this season. They lost in 3-2 in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday and are 5-3-2 in their past ten games, but the remainder of their season is relatively inconsequential as long as they maintain their five point lead over the San Jose Sharks.