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Calgary Flames Opening Roster Line Matchups Remain Unclear

Although the NHL season is beginning for the Calgary Flames tomorrow night, the line combinations are not yet clear. Who will play with whom?

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Although the Calgary Flames are a day away from starting their regular-season play, we haven’t yet heard what the final line partnerships will be heading into regular-season play. There were some final tweaks going on throughout the training camp, but it seems as if things are not settled yet – or at least I haven’t heard.

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On January 10, Pat Steinberg noted that the line combinations were as follows.

However, later in camp, the following lines were being employed by head coach Geoff Ward.

Line One: Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau, and Sean Monahan

Andrew Mangiapane practiced with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on Sunday. Gaudreau and Monahan have practiced with a number of different players during the Flames’ training camp. For example, Mangiapane also skated with Mikael Backlund. Mangiapane accounted for 17 goals and 32 points in 68 games last season and signed a two-year contract with the Flames in October. 

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Line Two: Dillon Dube, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk

Dillon Dube skated with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk on Saturday. However, the Flames have been mixing their line combinations most of the training camp. Dube scored six goals and 10 assists (for 16 points) in 45 games last season. He also scored four goals and an assist in 10 postseason games.

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Line Three: Josh Leivo, Mikael Backlund, and Milan Lucic

Josh Leivo has skated with a number of different partners in his first Flames’ training camp. He has also skated with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk as well as Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Leivo scored seven goals and 19 points in 36 games of an injury-filled season with the Vancouver Canucks last season. 

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