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First Game Back And Mike Smith Is In Net

Mike Smith gets the call after the LONG break.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

In a somewhat surprising move Bill Peters has decided to go with Mike Smith in net as the Flames visit the Washington Capitals Friday night in their first game back from the 9 game break. One reason could be that Bill Peters is saving David Rittich for the Carolina game on Sunday afternoon.

Here's the rest of the Flames lineup for Friday night:

FORWARDS

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - James Neal

Andrew Mangiapane - Derek Ryan - Garnet Hathaway

DEFENCE

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson

GOALTENDER

Mike Smith