David Rittich will get the call for the Flames tonight as they head to Colorado for a showdown with the Avalanche. Rittich has had the last 3 games off as Jon Gillies stepped into the starters role. Prior to that Rittich started 5 games in Mike Smith’s absence, going 1-3-1. Hopefully a few days off will have settled the Flames netminder as he struggled in his 5 games as the starter.
Sam Bennett will return to the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan tonight. Newly acquired Chris Stewart held that spot last night and the results weren’t as good as when Bennett had played up on the top line. Stewart will slide down to the 3rd line with Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway.
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Sam Bennett
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Chris Stewart - Mark Jankowski - Garnet Hathaway
Troy Brouwer - Matt Stajan - Curtis Lazar
Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie - Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak - Michael Stone