With several familiar faces no longer around, the Calgary Flames could be in for a bumpy ride this season.
The Washington Capitals already experienced some turmoil in their opener.
The Flames try to avoid a fourth consecutive season-opening loss Thursday night against the Capitals, who are hoping to bring a better effort on home ice.
After trading away longtime captain Jarome Iginla before last season's deadline, Calgary officially lost former Vezina Trophy winner Miikka Kiprusoff to retirement last month. Forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich are also gone, leaving the Flames in a state of uncertainty.
"We're going to play hard. We're going to compete hard," general manager Jay Feaster told the team's official website. "We're going to go out there with the expectation of winning. We are not going to go out with the expectation of, 'Oh, we're young,' or, 'Oh, we're rebuilding and therefore results don't matter.' Results do matter."
Calgary will be counting on contribu...