PREVIEW

Welcome back, Flames fans.

The 2022-23 preseason schedule kicks off tonight with a pair of games between the Flames and Vancouver Canucks – the first beginning at 5 p.m. MT at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, while the second of the two ‘split-squad’ tilts will start one hour later at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Video: Brendan Parker sets up tonight’s double bill

The Flames got a chance to get their sea legs under them with a red-white scrimmage on Saturday at the ‘Dome. The game featured one 20-minute period of 5-on-5 play, followed by an eight-minute frame of 4-on-4 action, before returning to 5-on-5 for the final six minutes.

Clark Bishop and Sonny Milano tallied for Red, while Adam Klapka – who earned all sorts of praise from Head Coach Sutter for his work in Penticton – replied for White in a losing cause.

“It’s important to have fun out there,” said Elias Lindholm, who’s centred the top line with Tyler Toffoli and newcomer Jonathan Huberdeau throughout camp so far. “We want to get the details going and get Jonny used to the new system and stuff like that. Obviously, he’s a really good player and I’m excited to start with him.”

This is the first (and second) of eight exhibition games for the Flames, who will knock five off the slate in the first seven days of the schedule. On Tuesday, they’ll visit the Seattle Kraken before hosting the Edmonton Oilers less than 24 hours later, before making the short trek up the QEII for a Battle of Alberta rematch on Friday.

“I think things we’ve talked about in terms of identity, X’s and O’s, things like that,” Sutter said of what he would like to see in the games tonight. “Work ethic. I don’t think any of those areas are problems with our team.

“There’s a lot of new guys to the organization that are playing the next two games that played different styles, different systems, obviously different teammates. So, that’s all you’re looking for.”

Tonight’s home game will be available right here on CalgaryFlames.com and the Flames app beginning at 6 p.m. MT. Look for the big link on the homepage at that time. You can’t miss it!

The road game, meanwhile, can be seen live on Sportsnet.

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT?

The Canucks have announced that veterans Conor Garland, Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, Luke Schenn, Danny DeKeyser, Tyler Myers and more will stay back in Vancouver for the earlier game. So, expect a ‘lighter’ version to make the trip over the Rockies to face what should be a veteran-laden Flames team.

As for the Flames…

CALGARY ROSTER

Forwards

10 – Jonathan Huberdeau – LW

11 – Mikael Backlund – C

15 – Sonny Milano – LW

20 – Blake Coleman – LW

28 – Elias Lindholm – C

29 – Dillon Dube – L/RW

38 – Brett Sutter – C

47 – Connor Zary – C

50 – Cody Eakin – C

61 – Clark Bishop – C/W

71 – Walker Duehr – RW

73 – Tyler Toffoli – RW

Defencemen

3 – Connor Mackey

4 – Rasmus Andersson

46 – Colton Poolman

52 – MacKenzie Weegar

55 – Noah Hanifin

72 – Jeremie Poirier

Goaltenders

35 – Oscar Dansk

80 – Dan Vladar

VANCOUVER ROSTER

Forwards

17 – Milan Lucic – LW

21 – Kevin Rooney – C

22 – Trevor Lewis – RW

24 – Brett Ritchie – RW

41 – Matthew Phillips – RW

43 – Adam Klapka – RW

49 – Jakob Pelletier – LW

63 – Adam Ruzicka – C

64 – Ben Jones – C

75 – Mitch McLain – C

76 – Martin Pospisil – RW

79 – Cole Schwindt – C

Defencemen

6 – Juuso Valimaki

16 – Nikita Zadorov

26 – Michael Stone

48 – Dennis Gilbert

53 – Nicolas Meloche

57 – Nick DeSimone

Goaltenders

32 – Dustin Wolf

40 – Daniil Chechelev

Video: “It’s finally a game here”

SECURE YOUR SEATS

Tickets for tonight’s game and ALL regular-season home games are on sale now! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.

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The Flames Foundation is thrilled to announce that the online 50/50 program, presented by RE/MAX, will return for the 2022-23 preseason and regular season. Tickets can be purchased HERE between 9:00 a.m. MT and 11:00 p.m. MT on all Flames game days – home and away. Tickets are also available for purchase in-person during all Flames home games.

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