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Game Day Blog: Blackhawks @ Flames

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The Flames will face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks group for the first of four meetings this season.

With the new additions of right winger Tom Kostopoulos and defenceman Anton Babchuk in the line up tonight, the Flames will look for a new spark to get their team back into the win column.

"I think with change it brings a little bit of energy," said Rene Bourque. "Its a different look to our locker room and a different feeling. They got thrown into the fire here pretty quick we have a lot of games and obviously we've been struggling so hopefully they can come in here and make a difference."

The Flames will be withouth Olli Jokinen as he will serve the first of his three game suspension tonight. Losing a key player like Jokinen will be tough on the line up. They will look to others to step up and fill the void.

"I've been playing with Olli for most of the year," Bourque said. "I don't know what kind of lines we'll have tonight. It definitely doesn't help. He's been a big part of our team this year and he's our number one centre. To have him out, someone is going to have to fill his role and whoever it is, hopefully they can pick up the slack."

Coach Brent Sutter commented to media after the pre-game practice that although it is a big loss for the team to lose Jokinen, they will make do with what they have and shuffle things up. They will look to David Moss and Mikael Backlund to step up in key situations.

"We're going to put Moss at centre ice and it's a good thing we've tried him there before," said Sutter. "You work with it and you shuffle it up a little bit. A young kid like Backlund, at the end of the day has been a good centre ice man so he'll get thrown into more key situations which is really good for any young player like him."

Sutter said that Tom Kostopoulos will be playing on the right side of David Moss and Anton Babchuk will get a chance to play with Mark Giordano tonight.

All other lines will be a game time decision...so stay tuned!!


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