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Three to go: Flames vs Avalanche pre-season preview

Five down, three more pre-season games to go, including one tonight against Colorado.

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In what seems to be a particularly long pre-season this year, the Flames have reached game six. They face a Colorado Avalanche side which they (or at least a team bearing their name) defeated 1-0 on Friday night.

Looking at the projected lines, this team will look a lot more like the starting lineup on opening night, if not quite the finished one.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Markus Granlund Josh Jooris
Paul Byron Drew Shore Garnet Hathaway
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Ryan Wilson Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Jonas Hiller Karri Ramo

Ones to watch

  • Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo will split the goaltending duties tonight, still fighting to get the starter's jersey come opening night.
  • Markus Granlund, Drew Shore and Garnet Hathaway will be looking to impress, and prove they're worthy of a place on the main roster. Paul Byron's also not guaranteed a starting role, so will be making his case as well.
  • The top two lines look like they could be set in stone, but again, if someone below them impresses, it may shake up Bob Hartley's plans.
  • The defence is not far away from how it will be on opening night, provided Wilson can turn his PTO into a full-time contract.
Tonight's game will be streamed for local viewers on flames.nhl.com, failing that the game will be on your radios, tune into Sportsnet 960 The Fan from 7pm MT.