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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#101 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:19PM
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How'd I make you miss the chat VF?

Also, I don't understand how they are so out of sync when so many teams I have watched in the last couple days don't look nearly as terrible.

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#102 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:20PM
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@ChinookArch

The days of Joel Otto...

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#103 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:20PM
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@Kent Wilson

PUT BEGIN IN!!!

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#104 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:21PM
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@jeremywilhelm

Just take solace in the Canucks sucking too.

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#105 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:21PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

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

Well when guys who are NOT centers are playing centers this does not surprise me in the least.

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#106 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:22PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

The days of Joel Otto...

My dad's favorite player. Now I know why.

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#107 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:22PM
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@Colin.S

And our centers that are playing center aren't good centers....

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#108 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:25PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

And our centers that are playing center aren't good centers....

WAIT. I have it. We should draft a really good center.

See I knew I would come up with the answer.

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#109 RexLibris
January 21 2013, 08:25PM
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Now, I realize I'm late to this party, but irregardless (!), full respect to VF here for that intro photo. Harvey + Duck Hunt. Tip of the hat to you, sir.

Can someone text Charlie Simmer and ask him to bring up the "pucks and bodies to the net" again, just to see how close Kent is to an aneurysm?

Wish I was watching this one. And I forgot to set the PVR. Oh well, I'll have to live vicariously through FN.

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#111 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:27PM
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Bahaha, this is too funny

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#112 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:27PM
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TIED!!!! WOO!

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#113 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:27PM
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Wow. It's a riverboat show!

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#114 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:28PM
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Holy hell. WTF is going on

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#115 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:28PM
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Glencross 100% SH%.

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#116 mk
January 21 2013, 08:28PM
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Yea boy! My man Cammalleri!

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#117 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:30PM
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Flames have 5 scoring chances and 3 goals so far.

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#119 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:31PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Glencross 100% SH%.

Going for a new record

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#120 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:31PM
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Comeau needs to show a lot more than he has so far, or the gig is up.

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#121 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:33PM
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Sic.

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#122 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:34PM
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WOW SVEN!!

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#123 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:34PM
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Nice try by Baertschi. Flames definitely more dialed in so far.

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#124 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:35PM
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Sven's attempted toe-drag deke was a beauty, and followed him deking AROUND THE REFREEE on the preceding rush.

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#126 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:38PM
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Flames now have 5 straight chances going back to the second. It's last night in reverse.

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#127 Colin.S
January 21 2013, 08:40PM
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So glad the team is trying to carry the puck in as much as possible it seems. Just a play or two ago Horak and Stajan were passing it back and forth and managed to get the zone where last year I KNOW that would have been dumped and chased rather than gaining the line. If we can do more of the that, the team has a fighting chance.

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#129 mk
January 21 2013, 08:41PM
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@Kent Wilson

These 2 games have exemplified what most people are saying about the Flames - lots of good pieces but not a great whole team.

If things are going well, they look like a play-off team; but otherwise they look awful. The twins on this site are making me optimistic about the season... :)

Edit: A Glencross shot didn't go in... :(

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#130 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:41PM
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Crowd is very into this game right now.

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#131 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:42PM
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Seriously, I don't understand how the dynamic can change so quickly.

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#132 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:42PM
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This game is so odd.

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#133 schevvy
January 21 2013, 08:44PM
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What are the scoring chances?

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#134 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:45PM
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Ducks are going to push back very soon. Perry and Getzlaf will only be quiet for so long.

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#135 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:45PM
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That ref is about the worst puck dropper I have seen.

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#136 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:45PM
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@schevvy

5-1 Flames in the second. 9-8 Flames overall.

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#137 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:49PM
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I believe a Nick Bonino was the head of the New York mafia. Hmmmm..

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#139 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:50PM
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Flames first line on the ice after an opposition icing? YAAYYYY!

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#140 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:51PM
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@Kent Wilson

I'm scared, too.

Dome's getting a bit quiet, but it's the contented "At least they're not losing" kind of quiet.

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#141 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 08:54PM
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That was aweful coverage.

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#142 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:54PM
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Slick play by Getzlaf. Can't believe he passed it.

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#143 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:54PM
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Jebus, Perry interferes with Bouwmeester badly.

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#144 Parallex
January 21 2013, 08:54PM
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@Kent Wilson

I remember the exact moment I wanted Sutter fired Oiler vs. Flames, Oilers kid line ices the puck, Sutter sends out the third line, Oiler kid line immediately ices the puck again Sutter sends out the 4th line (including the Goon). The remote almost went through the TV that night I tell you.

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#147 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:56PM
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@Parallex

That used to drive me nuts too.

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#148 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:56PM
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It was completely non-sensical, like many of the things Sutter did. He was a bad coach.

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#149 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 08:57PM
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I can't tell if Hartley is matching at all. Doesn't seem like it.

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#150 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:58PM
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8-1 chances for Flames in the second now.

And I think Simmer has said "moving your feet" and pucks and bodies to the net" more than that.

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