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Calgary’s not exactly going all out to win tonight in Nashville

Apr 23, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

Sven Baertschi AP

The Calgary Flames are going with a decidedly young lineup tonight when they visit the Predators in Nashville.

Names include: Carter Bancks (age 23, making his NHL debut), Mark Cundari (23), Sven Baertschi (20), Max Reinhart (21), Roman Horak (21), Akim Aliu (23), Paul Byron (23), and Ben Hanowski (22).

“It will be to see who’s going to step up,” head coach Bob Hartley said, per the Calgary Sun. “Most of the young players have been with us for a few weeks, and some have just arrived from AHL Abbotsford. But many of them have played a game or two before, so they know what to expect.

“It’s kind of one of the final exams.”

And if the young guys fail the exam, oh well, at least it won’t hurt the Flames’ draft position anymore than it’s already been hurt lately.

You’ll be excused if you haven’t noticed, but Calgary has actually been playing well lately. The Flames have won five of their last six, pushing them up to 24th overall in the standings.


Related: NHL Draft lottery set for Apr. 29, all non-playoff teams eligible for No. 1 pick

  1. ray2013 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    If they had lost those last five, theyd be in line for MacKinnon or Jones. Don’t they know how to tank?

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    The problem is the young guys are playing with pride and leading this late season stretch of respectable play, they need to let guys like Babchuk play, that would help, they should also let Irving play, that guarantee 3-4 goals against.

    They had their run, it’s time to take the foot off the pedal and lose the last 3, aim for that top 5 pick.

    ray2013: as much as I’d love for them to get either of those 2, I wouldn’t be unhappy if they managed to get Barkov, the more I read about him, the more I think he’s gonna be a good player in the NHL. I’d stay away from Drouin though, smallish scoring wingers from the Q just don’t turn my head…with that being said he fits the Oilers player profile perfectly!

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    A season-long mantra…

  4. vshehane - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I guess our young guys are better than your young guys.

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