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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#51 schevvy
January 21 2013, 07:48PM
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Reminds me of last year's start

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#52 RKD
January 21 2013, 07:48PM
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Is this going to be another Boston massacre? Flames look brutal.

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#53 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 07:50PM
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Down 3-0 and going on the PK......

GOTTEM RIGHT WHERE WE WANT EM!!!!

lol, about to turn the freaking tv off.

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#54 schevvy
January 21 2013, 07:51PM
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In fairness: What a brutal call

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#55 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 07:53PM
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Lucky to get out of the PK without another goal against. I was sure that Perry shot was going in.

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#56 thymebalm
January 21 2013, 07:53PM
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what is the average rate of scoring on a scoring chance?

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#57 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 07:54PM
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@schevvy

True. Tangs was pushed in there.

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#58 Parallex
January 21 2013, 07:54PM
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So... MacKinnon or Jones? I vote MacKinnon.

as an aside why is Kipper still in net? Seriously... three goals in 2/3 of a period isn't enough to get him pulled? Geez, give the guy the rest of the night off and let him rest for next game.

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#59 Kevin
January 21 2013, 07:54PM
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How many games will it take Feaster to realize he's going to have to blow it up?

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#60 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 07:56PM
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Calgary's puck management in the neutral zone is just abysmal tonight.

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#61 Q
January 21 2013, 07:57PM
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Uggggh! Nice start to the season. Lets just be glad it's a short season and we don't have to waste 82 games of misery for a high pick!

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#62 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 07:57PM
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@Parallex

Heh. Team has no faith in the back-up. As I mentioned in one of those early articles, if Kipper has one of his ordinary years, Flames have no redundancy behind him.

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#63 schevvy
January 21 2013, 07:58PM
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Kipper looks really off

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#64 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 07:59PM
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Iginla clears the zone for the Ducks PK off the face-off.

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#66 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:00PM
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Oughta boy GlenX!

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#68 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:00PM
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Nice tip by Glencross, wearing the A tonight.

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#69 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:00PM
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Yay, a goal!

I'm gonna forgive the players just a slight bit, because the Dome ice is complete garbage, worst I have ever seen.

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#70 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:00PM
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Here we go! Glencross going for new SH% record

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#71 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:01PM
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Top six is now: Glencross-Tanguay-Cammalleri, Sven-Backlund-Iginla

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#72 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:01PM
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Nice tip by Glencross.

And if Simmer says "bodies and pucks towards the net" again my head will explode.

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#74 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:02PM
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I love this throwing the lines in the blender the second game in, haven't seen this before....

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#75 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:03PM
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Flames continue to lose face-offs.

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#76 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:04PM
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Looks like the original lines are back already.

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#77 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:04PM
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ARE WE GONNA HAVE A COMEBACK!!!!

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#78 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:05PM
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First even-strength goal of 2013 goes to Tanguay, cashing in on a broken play in the slot. Awful defensive coverage by the Ducks.

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#80 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:05PM
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Ha, you were right! Got them right where we want them!

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#81 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:06PM
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schevvy wrote:

Ha, you were right! Got them right where we want them!

APPARENTLY!!! Right were we want them, time to start every game down by three goals.......

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#82 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:06PM
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Well the game is interesting again.

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#83 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:06PM
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And Ducks end an UGLY first period with a interference penalty with 0.7 seconds remaining.

They will burn the tape of this game as soon as it's completed.

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#85 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:09PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

And Ducks end an UGLY first period with a interference penalty with 0.7 seconds remaining.

They will burn the tape of this game as soon as it's completed.

Don't worry, no one pushed the record button, nothing to burn

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#86 RKD
January 21 2013, 08:09PM
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Glad the Flames are showing some fight and not whimpering away quietly.

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#87 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:09PM
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Wow, the Ducks just had a severe flame out as soon as the Flames scored, hopefully this bodes well for the end of the game.

That being said, both teams are lost in the Neutral zone, so terrible.

Nice to see Tanguay finally not giving up on a play.

Playoffs?

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#88 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:10PM
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Chances were 7-4 in favor of the Ducks. Flames salvaged about 18 minutes of ugly play with a few goals at the end.

In general, pretty awful though. Passes way ahead of people. No cohesion, nobody could pick up the puck in stride. Just sloppy everywhere.

Looks like we're back to Butler/Bouwmeester BTW. I can't fault Hartley with that either given how the Gio/Bouwmeester pairing was going.

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#89 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:12PM
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@jeremywilhelm

PLAYOFFS? I just hope we can win a game!

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#90 RexLibris
January 21 2013, 08:13PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Wow, the Ducks just had a severe flame out as soon as the Flames scored, hopefully this bodes well for the end of the game.

That being said, both teams are lost in the Neutral zone, so terrible.

Nice to see Tanguay finally not giving up on a play.

Playoffs?

I can hear Jim Mora from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwq7BYOnDrM

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#93 funkyjaman
January 21 2013, 08:15PM
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Man Gio looks bad again!

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#94 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:16PM
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Main issue with Flames is that their timing seems off. Lots of over-skating pucks at blueline and passes slightly ahead/behind or out of reach of their intended recipients.

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#95 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:16PM
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@funkyjaman

Yeah he has struggled. Seems to be timing for him.

Cammalleri has been a disaster too. Just out of sync. Moreso than the rest of the roster in that period, which is saying something.

They'll get better, but sooner rather than later would be nice.

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#96 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:17PM
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*sad trombone*

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#97 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:17PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Main issue with Flames is that their timing seems off. Lots of over-skating pucks at blueline and passes slightly ahead/behind or out of reach of their intended recipients.

Yeah the neutral zone was their enemy in that game. The Ducks had the puck way more in that period because the Flames just couldn't keep it on their sticks.

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#98 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:18PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Flames are 29% in the FO circle.... *facepalm*

I'm just old enough to remember when the Flames were nearly unbeatable in the dot. Man that was a long time ago.

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#99 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:19PM
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If only the Flames had more grit...

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#100 funkyjaman
January 21 2013, 08:19PM
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@Kent Wilson

Agreed. Cammys mind is working faster then his feet/ hands can respond.

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