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 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 08:59PM
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@jeremywilhelm

He's mostly going PvP.

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#152 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 08:59PM
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Wideman is having an excellent game so far. Great vision on that outlet pass to Stempniak.

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#153 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:00PM
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What a pass that was to Stemps.

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#154 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:01PM
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Stupid Glenncross, why you get so lazy there.

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#155 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:03PM
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Good god Horak has taken a big step forward. Put that kid back at center.

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#156 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:03PM
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Chances ended up 10-1 Flames in that one. Ducks completely caved.

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#157 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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#158 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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#159 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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#160 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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#161 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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#163 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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#164 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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#165 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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#166 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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#167 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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#168 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:20PM
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Wow. Francis. Some suit.

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

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#170 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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#171 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:23PM
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@Colin.S

Umm...what

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#172 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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#174 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:26PM
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Kipper...yeesh

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

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#176 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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#177 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Winnick's second.

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#178 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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#179 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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#180 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:27PM
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Sigh. Winnik.

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

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

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

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

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#186 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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#188 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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#189 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:33PM
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Stajan has a knack for taking really hard hits.

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#190 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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#191 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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#192 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:35PM
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Kipper should have played in Europe during the lockout

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

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

Against Schneider and Kipper no less!

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

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#196 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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#197 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Jesus Kipper, you suck buddy.

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

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

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#200 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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