Calgary Flames Newest addition to Miss the Battle of Alberta

Andrei Kuzmenko, Calgary Flames
Andrei Kuzmenko, Calgary Flames / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

While many Calgary Flames fans wanted to see the duo of Jonathan Huberdeau and Jakob Pelletier back together, no one quite expected that to happen like this.

Ahead of the third Battle of Alberta to take place in Edmonton on Saturday night, the Flames have officially scratched newest acquisition Andrei Kuzmenko, with Head Coach Ryan Huska revealing to the media that he is 'not well'. In 8 games with the Flames since coming over from Vancouver, Kuzmenko has tallied 3 goals and an assist, but in recent games, he's been demoted to the fourth line, with some criticizing Huska for not giving him the time to adapt to his new team and linemates.

He, along with Jacob Markstrom are reportedly not well, and while that could be just an excuse to scratch him for the night, it does allow Jakob Pelletier to slot back into the lineup. Pelletier himself had just returned to the Flames lineup before being taken out by New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba, but after some time off, he's ready to go once more.

In four games played, the young Flames forward tallied just one assist playing on the fourth line, but now he slots in alongside Yegor Sharangovich and his great friend Huberdeau as the team look to continue to find ways to spark No. 10.

We hope that Kuzmenko is simply unwell for one game and that there's not much more to the story, and we hope he gets well, but with the Battle of Alberta coming up, plenty of attention now turns to the dynamic Quebec duo of Huberdeau and Pelletier, who many fans have been eager to see together.