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Hockey Is Back! Canucks - Flames Double Game Preview

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What better way to kick off the Canucks' preseason than with 2 games against the Flames at 2 different venues all on the same night? 1 game in Vancouver and 1 in Calgary. While the vast majority of the Canucks' star players (Group C) will have the night off, the Flames will ice their new top line of Jarome Iginla-Olli Jokinen-Alex Tanguay in the game in Calgary to get some chemistry going there.

Canucks at Calgary starts at 6:00 PST and Calgary at Canucks starts at 7:00 PST.. The game in Calgary will air on Sportsnet Pacific. Both games will stream live on Canucks.com. Here are the rosters for both games:

IN CALGARY

CANUCKS

Forwards

Tambellini – Perrault – Hansen, Glass – Bolduc – Schroeder, Volpatti – Bliznak – Morin, Hordichuk – Rosa – Anthony

Defence

Ballard – Baumgartner, O’Brien – Ramsay, Zimmerman – Alberts, Polasek

Goal

Weiman & Lack

FLAMES

Forwards

Iginla-Jokinen-Tanguay, Backlund-Glencross-Kotalik, Ivanans-Meyer-Nemiscz, Armstrong-Cameron-Moss, Chucko,

Defence

White-Bouwmeester, Regehr-Negrin, Baldwin-Meyers, Pelech

Goal

Irving-Kiprusoff

IN VANCOUVER

CANUCKS

Forwards

Schaefer – Rypien – Oreskovich, Torres – Friesen (cut) (Malhotra?) – Desbiens, Sweatt – Morrison – Shirokov, Rai – Schneider – Weller

Defence

Rome – Sweatt, Connauton – Bieksa, Oberg – Tanev, Ellington – Hannay (cut)

Goal

Schneider & Shantz

FLAMES

Forwards

Bourque-Hagman-Stajan, Conroy-Jackman-Sutter, Bancks-Bouma-Cunning, Grantham-Patterson-Rheault, Wahl,

Defence

Giordano-Kronwall, Staios-Sarich, Pardy-Seabrook, Brodie

Goal

Keetley-Karlsson. Karlsson is a 6'6" goaltender. He's a beast.

These are not the official lines. Manny Malhotra is supposed to play in one of the games as well but it is unsure where at this point.

Jordan Schroeder is really going to have to show something more in preseason. He has barely impressed so far. I'm curious as to what Shirokov will bring, and I wonder if most eyes will be on Brendan Morrison. This is where it really counts for fringe players. Who will emerge? Who won't?