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NHL20 Sim: Game 3 Preview, Coyotes at Flames

It all comes down to this

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes will meet for the third and final time in our NHL20 playoff simulation tonight. These two teams have each won a game on the road, leaving the series tied at one for the deciding Game 3 in Calgary. Puck drop will be at 7:30 PM MT.

The Coyotes took the series opener in Calgary by a score of 3-2 thanks to two goals from Phil Kessel, but the Flames rallied to smoke the Coyotes by a score of 6-0 in Game 2 in Arizona. Calgary had a big game from Johnny Gaudreau who had three points and David Rittich made 42 saves for the shutout in his first career playoff game. Rittich will start again tonight for Calgary.

With Nashville/Vancouver being the only completed series thus far in our playoff bracket, the second round opponents could still vary for the winner of tonight’s game.

Lawson Crouse and Johnny Gaudreau lead their respective teams with three points each entering tonight’s game. Tobias Rieder draws back into the lineup for Calgary tonight, with Mark Jankowski coming out. You can see the full lineup below:

Flames

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Andrew Mangiapane

Dillon Dube - Derek Ryan - Sam Bennett

Tobias Rieder - Austin Czarnik - Milan Lucic

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

Erik Gustafsson - Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Coyotes

Taylor Hall - Christian Dvorak - Clayton Keller

Lawson Crouse - Derek Stepan - Phil Kessel

Carl Soderberg - Nick Schmaltz - Conor Garland

Michael Grabner - Brad Richardson - Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Alex Goligoski

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Ilya Lyubushkin

Jordan Oesterle - Jason Demers

Darcy Kuemper

Other Playoff Game Tonight

(12) Chicago Blackhawks @ (5) Edmonton Oilers (Series Tied 1-1)