With all the losing and panic and desperation setting in, the Flames are making some moves today. Calgary recalled Zac Rinaldo from Stockton today to take Sam Bennett’s place in the lineup tonight. Bennett missed Sunday night’s game because he was dinged up and apparently he needs another day to get himself right. Rinaldo has played in 14 games for the Heat and has seven assists and 20 PIM.
Meanwhile, things are changing up a little with the big club. Bill Peters has moved Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan in the lineup to start. Backlund will move to the “top” line with Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm, while Monahan will centre the ever revolving second line with Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane. Maybe breaking up Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will get them going. Something has to.
Johnny Gaudreau - Mikael Backlund - Elias Lindholm
Andrew Mangiapane - Sean Monahan - Matthew Tkachuk
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Zac Rinaldo - Mark Jankowski - Michael Frolik
Mark Giordano - Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin - Michael Stone
Oliver Kylington - Brandon Davidson