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Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals [GameThread #6]

The Flames are facing an eastern opponent for the first time this season. Maybe they can be a little less bad?

honestly, i picked this picture because it is hilarious
honestly, i picked this picture because it is hilarious
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It's a slightly new-look lineup for the Calgary Flames tonight. The top six is still made up of the six best forwards on the team, but they're in different combinations now. Sam Bennett is thankfully back, and Mikael Backlund not yet re-banished to the fourth line, but the two Czech veterans are switching places.

Also, Joe Colborne is making his season debut. Back at his old position, nonetheless: centre! Wow.

There's still a bit of same old, same old to be found, though. Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman, despite being terrible together, remain together. Joni Ortio remains a little too familiar with the pressbox, as Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller trade starts and losses. And, of course, Brandon Bollig will never, ever go away.

Alexander Ovechkin, meanwhile, did not oversleep today, and thus, will be in the lineup for the Washington Capitals.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Jiri Hudler
Micheal Ferland Joe Colborne David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak Deryk Engelland
Jonas Hiller Karri Ramo (s)
Washington Capitals
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetzov T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson Nicklas Backstrom Justin Williams
Jason Chimera Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovski Chandler Stephenson Brooks Laich
Left Defence Right Defence
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Dmitri Orlov Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby Philipp Grubauer

Former Flame-traded-to-the-Caps (and an instrumental piece in the Flames ultimately drafting Oliver Kylington) Curtis Glencross also announced his retirement today. It's sad, honestly; you'd think the guy would have more to offer.

Ah well. Welcome to the first Glencross Bowl of the season! Hopefully it's slightly better than how the past Flames games have gone.