Flames vs. Devils Game Thread

MONAHAN! - Derek Leung

The Flames are in New Jersey today to take on the Devils in a game that fans of Ontario's NHL teams will be watching very closely.

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The Leafs and the Senators both have a slim to none chance of making the playoffs this spring, but fans of both teams will be cheering for the Flames tonight as they take on the Devils in New Jersey.

The Flames have relished the role of spoiler lately, coming into this game on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Lightning and Panthers this past weekend.

Tonight, they face a Devils team desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive. New Jersey is three points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and a win at home versus the Flames would go a long way in helping them make up ground against the idle Blue Jackets.

For the Flames, this game is inconsequential--a win would be nice, but so would delivering the final crushing blow to the Leafs' playoff hopes.

Projected Lines and Pairings:

Devils:

Tuomo Ruutu - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr

Damien Brunner - Danius Zubrus - Michael Ryder

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Eric Gelinas - Tim Sestito - Mike Sislo

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne

Jon Merrill - Marek Zidlicky

Anton Volchenkov - Peter Harrold

Cory Schneider

Scratches: Adam Henrique, Patrik Elias, Jacob Josefson, Bryce Salvador, and Ryane Clowe

Flames:

Curtis Glencross - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne

Bryce Van Brabant - Mike Cammalleri - Jiri Hudler

Kenny Agostino - TJ Galiardi - Brian McGrattan

Ben Hanowski - Lance Bouma - Kevin Westgarth

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kris Russell - Chris Butler

Chad Billins - Mark Cundari

Karri Ramo

Scratches: Mikael Backlund (hand), Matt Stajan (personal), Paul Byron (personal), Ladislav Smid (upper body), David Jones (shoulder), Markus Granlund (shoulder) and Tyler Wotherspoon (shoulder)

Mark Cundari will play his first game of the season tonight against the Devils while Kenny Agostino will play his first NHL game in his home state.

Go Flames!

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