Preseason Gameday Update - September 21st

Pat Steinberg
September 21 2010 01:12PM

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 5: Olli Jokinen #21 and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skate against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center March 5, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flames defeated the Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the Calgary Flames get set for the Vancouver Canucks in a split squad affair tonight, here's what we can tell you.  I think everybody gets the concept now, one game in Calgary (7 pm, FAN 960 and Sportsnet Flames) and one game in Vancouver (8 pm).  But we can also give you a little more as to what you'll see, specifically at the Dome this evening.

First off, lines and pairings will look like this for the Flames:

Tanguay-Jokinen-Iginla
Glencross-Moss-Kotalik
Ivanans-Backlund-Chucko
Nemisz-Armstrong-Cameron

Regehr-White
Pelech-Bouwmeester
Negrin-Meyers

Miikka Kiprusoff will probably play two periods while Lelald Irving should get a period in as well.

As for Vancouver, here's their lineup:

Tambellini-Perrault-Hansen
Glass-Bolduc-Schroeder
Volpatti-Bliznak-Morin
Hordichuk-Rosa-Anthony

Ballard-Baumgartner
O'Brien-Ramsay
Zimmerman-Alberts

Weiman
Lack

So, not the most star studded lineup for the Vancouver Canucks, which is to be expected.  I think it would be a disappointing if the Flames were to lose this game, seeing as how the NHL experience is heavily slanted their way.

What to watch? The top line, obviously, as the trio of Tanguay, Jokinen and Iginla will get their first chance to show us what they're all about in game action.  Matt Pelech plays with Bouwmeester, and for a guy in Pelech who's trying to crack the roster, this should be an interesting first preseason game for him.  And our first look at David Moss down the middle, which should be intriguing.

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#1 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 01:35PM
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A bunch of kids and Hordichuk is still on the 4th line.

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#2 Nathan
September 21 2010, 01:39PM
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HAHAHA! Iginla, Jokinen and Tanguay on the first line? Good one. Oh wait, yeah, that off season did happen, didn't it? FFFFF...

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#5 Greg
September 21 2010, 02:15PM
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I thought there was a minimum number of vets you had to have in your lineup for preseason games? Does Vancouver meet that? Or are their "vets" just so bad I don't even recognize their names?

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#6 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 02:40PM
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Greg wrote:

I thought there was a minimum number of vets you had to have in your lineup for preseason games? Does Vancouver meet that? Or are their "vets" just so bad I don't even recognize their names?

I believe the number is 8. Here's who probably qualifies for VAN -

Ballard, O'Brien, Alberts, Glass, Hordichuk, Baumgartner, Hansen and, uh...Joel Perrault?

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#7 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 02:42PM
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Also, Canucks Army has the VAN line-up for the other game. It's not much better -

Schaefer-Rypien-Oreskovich

Torres-Malhotra-Desbiens

B.Sweatt-Morrison-Shirokov

Rai-Schneider-Weller

Connauton – Bieksa

Oberg – Tanev

Ellington – Hannay

Schneider & Shantz

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#8 Dano0049
September 21 2010, 02:48PM
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@Kent Wilson

Our old buddy Shantz again :) Morrison on the 4th line?? He used to be their saviour, along with Naslund anyway.

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#9 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 02:58PM
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Dano0049 wrote:

Our old buddy Shantz again :) Morrison on the 4th line?? He used to be their saviour, along with Naslund anyway.

Morrison just fell off a cliff in the last few years. The whole "West Coast Express" line of Bertuzzi/Naslund/Morrison kind of dried up post-Moore incident. It's darkly ironic that Bertuzzi might be the last one standing in the NHL when the season opens in October.

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#11 jess
September 21 2010, 03:24PM
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Moss down the middle makes me curious.

Calgary has a glut of centers in the system, and Moss is chosen to center a line. Must be because of Langkow's absence?

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#12 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 03:43PM
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jess wrote:

Moss down the middle makes me curious.

Calgary has a glut of centers in the system, and Moss is chosen to center a line. Must be because of Langkow's absence?

Langkows absence and Kotaliks presence I'd say.

On a related matter, Backlund's line mates thus far in the main camp have been...odd (Ivanans, Chucko). Not sure what to make of it - it's probably nothing.

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#14 Greg
September 21 2010, 04:19PM
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@Kent

I was scratching so hard to find the vets I actually thought Perrault must be Yanic! :) Thanks for clarifying!

@Steinberg

I agree. Preseason or not, when you put half our A team against half their B team, anything less than a 2 goal win is going to be concerning. Or exciting in a "wow, watch this train wreck coming" kind of way.

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#15 Canucks Suck
September 21 2010, 04:55PM
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They're not even dressing their franchise player Burrows in either game how are they gonna score goals!?!?!?!?

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#16 SmellOfVictory
September 21 2010, 05:22PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Langkows absence and Kotaliks presence I'd say.

On a related matter, Backlund's line mates thus far in the main camp have been...odd (Ivanans, Chucko). Not sure what to make of it - it's probably nothing.

Odd, irritating, etc. Everytime I see "Ivanans" beside his name I get a little riled up.

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#17 Kent Wilson
September 21 2010, 05:31PM
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Canucks Suck wrote:

They're not even dressing their franchise player Burrows in either game how are they gonna score goals!?!?!?!?

Burrows is hurt. Shoulder surgery I believe.

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#19 walkinvisible
September 21 2010, 08:03PM
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is there a link for this game ?

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