The Calgary Flames will welcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to the Scotiabank Saddledome this afternoon. The Flames are fresh off a whopping 9-1 defeat at the hands of Pittsburgh, and now their facing arguably even better competition in Washington.
As a result, the Flames have made a number of lineup changes going into today’s game with the Caps, and here’s how they shake out.
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Sam Bennett
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Austin Czarnik
Dillon Dube - Elias Lindholm - James Neal
Garnet Hathaway - Derek Ryan - Michael Frolik
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Juuso Valimaki - Rasmus Andersson
So the biggest changes of note are:
- First Line winger Sam Bennett
- MMA line reunited
- Elias Lindholm on the third line
- T.J. Brodie still on the top pairing
- Mike Stone scratched so I guess we’ll take our victories where we can
- Mike Smith will try to get some confidence back today
Puck drops at 2:00 PM!