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So nice we play them twice; preseason Flames vs. Oilers game previews

Aaaaare you readyyyyyy to watch two ultimately meaningless hockey games at the exact same time?

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You know what's exciting? Several things, of course - defying odds, making playoffs, getting Dougie Hamilton for nothing but lottery tickets somehow - but up there is, of course, the game of hockey. Rushes up the ice, hard hits, dekes and dangles and goals - what's not to love about all of that?

Well, it's back. Kind of. Sort of. Not really, yet, but we're close. The Calgary Flames' preseason is officially upon us tonight, as two squads filled with veterans and prospects alike will take on their Edmonton Oilers counterparts. One game in Calgary, one in Edmonton, both at 7 p.m. MT - because why, of course, would you stagger split squad games when you know there are people out there who would enjoy watching both Battles of Alberta? What are we trying to do here, make sense??

Both games can be found streaming on the Flames site at the appropriate time. Set up a dual or split screen system, and join in on the fun!

Prospects will be fighting to stay in camp, tryouts will be fighting for contracts, and veterans will be fighting to solidify their spots in the lineup and ensure they're ready for when the games really matter.

Here's the projected awesome lineup:

Calgary Flames in Calgary
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond Sam Bennett Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan Emile Poirier
Brandon Bollig Drew Shore Hunter Smith
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Tyler Wotherspoon Dougie Hamilton
Brett Kulak Jakub Nakladal
Patrick Sieloff Keegan Kanzig
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Joni Ortio

And here's the projected scrappy lineup that just so happens to have the required number of veterans:

Calgary Flames at Edmonton
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Morgan Klimchuk Markus Granlund Kenny Agostino
Bryce Van Brabant Turner Elson Austin Carroll
Andrew Mangiapane Derek Grant Garnet Hathaway
Joe Colborne
Left Defence Right Defence
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Ryan Wilson Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington Deryk Engelland
Dustin Stevenson Kenny Morrison
Goalies
Karri Ramo
Mason McDonald
Kent Simpson

Italicized players are not necessarily expected to play, but to be present - as in, they should be with the team at the time.

Players in camp who are not dressed for either game are:

  • G Nick Schneider
  • D Aaron Johnson
  • D Douglas Murray
  • LW Ryan Lomberg
  • C Bill Arnold
  • C Mitchell Heard
  • C Josh Jooris
  • RW Louick Marcotte
  • RW Blair Riley

Injured:

  • G Jon Gillies
  • D Ryan Culkin
  • D Ladislav Smid
  • C Paul Byron

These lineups really aren't any surprise - in split squad games, teams typically like to dress their better players for their home fans - so if we're being honest with ourselves, we can probably expect a home win and away loss (but it would be awesome to come away with two wins).

Either way, though, this is purely for development, cuts, and pride - all necessary en route to Oct. 7, when suddenly, the games really mean something again.

Until then - 7 p.m. MT tonight!