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The Flames are playing eight rookies tonight

Mar 7, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

Calgary is letting the kids play on Friday night against the Islanders.

And we’re being quite literal with the “kids” part.

The Flames will have eight rookies in the lineup tonight — Sean Monahan, Joni Ortio, Joe Colborne, Markus Granlund, Max Reinhart, Corban Knight, Ben Hankowski and Tyler Wotherspoon — with the latter, Wotherspoon, making his NHL debut in the process.

Some interesting factoids on the lineup, per Flames PR man Sean Kelso:

Injuries and trades have forced Calgary into this scenario. Reto Berra and Lee Stempniak were sent packing at the deadline, while the likes of Karri Ramo, Curtis Glencross, Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler are all out with various ailments.

In addition to the rookies, Calgary will also ice the likes of Lance Bouma (23 years old), T.J. Brodie (23), Mikael Backlund (24) and Paul Byron (24).

  1. bucrightoff - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Flames rebuild > Oilers rebuild

    • angrytwitterguy - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It will be really cool to see these two rivals rebuilding near the same time

    • lowenni - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      They are rebuilding at the same time…but I suppose you were being sarcastic, just not funny..

  2. stcrowe - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Why not? They can lose with journeymen veterans, or they can lose with rookies. At least the rookies offer some hope.

  3. bcisleman - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Isles will be playing seven players who are either rookies or nearly so.

  4. djshnooks - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Sabres rebuild > Flames rebuild > Oilers rebuild…lol, looks like they’re trying to catch Buffalo…who is winning too much lately.

  5. wishingtonredslur - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Glencross has been hurt forever, my concern would be for Wideman and Hudler, especially Hudler.

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