FGD: Duck Hunting

Vintage Flame
January 21 2013 05:48PM

 

 

After the Flames didn't fare so well Shark fishing, today they'll try their luck at Duck hunting.

In four games last year, both teams were 2-1-1 and both winning their games in their own barn.

With the shortened schedule, the Flames will play the Ducks three times, two of which will be here at the Dome. Last time these two team faced off against each other, it was the last game of the regular season. Both teams were out of the playoffs and basically disinterested;. Akim Aliu led the Flames with two goals and the Ducks couldn't wait to get on the plane to go back to sunny California.

Tonight is a different story all together. The Ducks had the day off yesterday after taking the Canucks to the woodshed, and the Flames skate in their first of many... many, back-to-back games.

THE LINE-UP

It looks like we are going to see a bit of a change tonight, as Blair Jones and T.J. Brodie will make their season debuts.

  • Glencross - Tanguay - Iginla
  • Baertschi - Backlund - Cammalleri
  • Horak - Stajan - Stempniak
  • Comeau - Jones - Jackman

  • Bouwmesster - Giordano
  • Wideman - Butler
  • Sarich - Brodie

  • Kipper

Tonight will be another opportunity for Tanguay to find his rythym at centre. Though they were kept off the scoresheet last night, Iginla did lead the team with six shots. Tanguay is a great puck distributor and much like the coaching staff, I have faith that he will begin to turn it up, creating more chances for Iggy and Glencross. Speaking of the captain, don't be surprise to see Iginla taking some of the draws for Tangs until he gets a little more seasoned in the face-off circle.

Blair Jones replaces Steve Begin on the 4th line tonight. This shouldn't be coming as a major surprise as most (myself included) thought Blair should have been dressed last night. Begin did an alright job in his role of getting in the faces of the Sharks players last night, but tonight it will probably benefit to have Jones in the face-off circle, where he will be facing the likes of Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf is a pretty cool cucumber. You're going to have more success beating him in the circle and along the boards than trying to goad him into taking dumb penalties. Even if that's the aim, I like Jones better as the agitator anyways.

The defense will also see a slight juggle. T.J. Brodie is suspected to replace Derek Smith in the third pairing. This makes sense as well. It was going to be Smith or Sarich, and in the game last night, Corey was more on the ball than Derek. One of the reasons the Flames were taken to task in the second period last night, was that they stopped moving their feet. Too many times, too many Sharks were between the Flames defense and Kipper. T. J. Brodie has been playing all year in Abby and his conditioning is a lot more up to snuff than Smith. Last year's combination of Sarich and Brodie is the natural fit to re-unite, and besides, Hartley seems pretty sweet on Sarich already.

THE OPPONENT

Who doesn't love Selanne? No matter what team you cheer for?

  • Perry - Getzlaf - Ryan
  • Selanne - Bonino - Winnik
  • Koivu - Cogliano - Beleskey
  • Rakell - Smith-Pelley - Holland

  • Allen - Fowler
  • Souray - Sbisa
  • Lydman - Beauchemin

  • Hiller

Selanne is playing his 1,343 career game tonight. He is 42 years old, plus another couple hundred days. In the Ducks season opener he had two goals and two assists for four points; moving him past Dale Hawerchuk into the 18th spot on the NHL all-time scoring list.

Getzlaf's line is always one the Flames have had troubles with. Perry is always a threat around the net, not just to score, but to cause havoc on the goalie. He's been getting away with it for so long, that he's damn near perfected avoiding interference penalties. If you do manage to keep this line out of your zone, well then you have Ryan's quick hands that are always good for throwing the odd puck out of the net, that managed to get past Hiller.

Souray looked impressive as well in the Ducks opener, scoring once on the power-play and assisting on one of Teemu's goals. He has a bomb of a shot for the point and with the likes of Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan circling like vultures, the Flames defense is going to have to be on their toes tonight.

SUM IT UP

First and foremost, the Flames are going to have to keep the Ducks off the power-play. They have too many weapons and if Calgary starts taking dumb or successive penalties, the Ducks PP is going to make them pay for it.

The Flames know what they have to do tonight because it's pretty much the same game plan as yesterday. Shut down the top six and play a smart agressive game. 

Game time is 7:00 pm on Sportsnet West.

 

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#151 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:04PM
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@Kent Wilson

I will re-iterate that I have no idea what to think here. Were the Flames just playing bad in the first? Or are they bad and now the Ducks are just playing worse??

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#152 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:05PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Stupid Glenncross, why you get so lazy there.

What do you mean JW?

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#153 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:07PM
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@jeremywilhelm

I don't know. It's weird. Should keep in mind the Ducks were lousy last year even with Getz and Perry.

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#154 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:08PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Chances ended up 10-1 Flames in that one. Ducks completely caved.

I can't remember that happening for the Flames last year.

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#155 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:08PM
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Flames were skating a LOT more fluidly in second. Seemed like they got their timing and their legs to synch up. Some nice passing plays.

Ducks weren't terrible, but they lacked jump.

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#157 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:09PM
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@Vintage Flame

He is a Rogers employee (they own Jack FM too).

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#158 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:14PM
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Eric's wearing quite the suit tonight, as per usual.

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#159 dph
January 21 2013, 09:18PM
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@Ryan Pike

you know who wasn't doing that.. our Captain.

He was late coming in on that loose puck in front of the net, looked a step slow..

Gio looks like he suddenly feels more comfortable out there.. at least he's didn't look out of sync.

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#160 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:18PM
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I miss the live chat boys. On the positive side there seems to be less Oiler trash.

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#161 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:20PM
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@ChinookArch

There was a potential 4-2 and he just watched the puck go by him, I would imagine thinking someoen else was gonna grab it, put Stajan offside.

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#162 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:20PM
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Wow. Francis. Some suit.

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#163 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 09:21PM
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7-3 DUCKS! What the hell happened.

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#164 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:22PM
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@dph

I don't agree about Iggy, but to each his own.

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#165 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:23PM
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@Colin.S

Umm...what

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#166 mk
January 21 2013, 09:25PM
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Colin.S wrote:

7-3 DUCKS! What the hell happened.

That might be the Canucks-Ducks game score there buddy...

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#168 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:26PM
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Kipper...yeesh

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#169 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:26PM
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Um, Kipper sucks.

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#170 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:26PM
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mk wrote:

That might be the Canucks-Ducks game score there buddy...

Or he sees the future

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#171 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Winnick's second.

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#172 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Kent,

Going forward, when you have a favorite player playing against the Flames, kindly keep it to yourself.

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#173 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Rush began when Tanguay passed to Cogliano in Ducks zone.

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#174 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Sigh. Winnik.

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#175 dph
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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mk wrote:

That might be the Canucks-Ducks game score there buddy...

Unless this Colin is from 20 minutes in the future..

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#176 Rubberbadger
January 21 2013, 09:28PM
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Glad I took Winnik in the draft? Ug

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#177 Subversive
January 21 2013, 09:28PM
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Weak ass goal. Jeez, Kipper.

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#178 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:30PM
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And now it's all ANA again.

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#179 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:31PM
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God these refs suck

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#180 Subversive
January 21 2013, 09:32PM
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They put their whistles away all night then call that? Crickey.

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#182 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:33PM
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I am now fully worried that Kipper has aged past his due date.

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#183 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:33PM
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Stajan has a knack for taking really hard hits.

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#184 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:34PM
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I haven't liked Backlund's decisions as much in the offensive zone in this game.

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#185 Subversive
January 21 2013, 09:34PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

I am now fully worried that Kipper has aged past his due date.

Me too. If they lose this, it will be two games in a row they've been out goaltended and lost as a result. Not encouraging.

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#186 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:35PM
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Kipper should have played in Europe during the lockout

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#187 OilLeak
January 21 2013, 09:35PM
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So, when did Winnik become a Sniper?

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#188 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:36PM
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@OilLeak

Against Schneider and Kipper no less!

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#189 Rubberbadger
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Brodie passing very well

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#190 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Brodie's passes in the neutral zone are laser accurate.

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#191 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Jesus Kipper, you suck buddy.

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#192 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Oh boy that was all Kipprusoff.

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#193 Subversive
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Oh look, Kipper overplays it again. Fugg.

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#194 OilLeak
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Against Schneider and Kipper no less!

Crazy, he was already a great possession player if he starts scoring more he becomes quite the bargain.

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#195 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:40PM
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Sheesh Kipper.

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#196 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:40PM
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Getting closer to 7-3.

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#198 dph
January 21 2013, 09:40PM
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terrible not skating standing around and watching on that goal..

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#199 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:40PM
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Also, how do the Flames get stuck with their 4th line out against the Ducks first on home ice?

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#200 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:41PM
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Ay Kipper, get it together

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