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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#251 aloudoun
January 21 2013, 10:13PM
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@Kent Wilson

sound familiar?

Having said that I see some good things from the new system I think Hartley is trying to implement. If anything it is more exciting hockey to watch at times. I dont miss Sutter coached hockey AT ALL!

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#252 Steve
January 21 2013, 10:13PM
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Well, we hopefully won't be seeing any more healthy scratches for TJ. Didn't seem like he got a lot of ice, but was the best D. JBo was not good.

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#253 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 10:15PM
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The offense was actually pretty fun to watch. The defensive zone was sooooo weak.

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#254 SmellOfVictory
January 21 2013, 10:17PM
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Holy crap, I can't remember the last time I saw a top 4 dman so awkward as Wideman tonight. He bobbled the puck about 800 times and regularly got turned around when trying to defend. Yikes.

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#255 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 10:18PM
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Yes you do, you saw Bouwmeester do it all night long as well.

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#256 SmellOfVictory
January 21 2013, 10:23PM
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JBo was awkward but fast. Wideman was awkward and also not fast, making it feel ten times worse.

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#257 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Gotta disagree. Bouwmeester has been bad in all three zones, Wideman just in the Dzone (and I didn't even think he was as bad as Giordano has been defensively).

Kipper Giordano and Bouwmeester essentially cost us another win.

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#258 SmellOfVictory
January 21 2013, 10:39PM
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I was talking specifically the d-zone. Wideman's been decent-to-good in the offensive zone, and yeah the entire defensive corps has been terrible so far, with the exception of Brodie/Sarich.

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#259 loudogYYC
January 21 2013, 10:48PM
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Yes, I'd say you're the only one impressed.

I just came back from the game. He looks out of place, a step behind and with the hockey sense of a baseball player.

Another goat tonight was Sarich. Granted I've never liked Sarich, but this guy is getting worse and worse. Simple plays don't exist with him 'cause he doesn't know how to execute them.

Liability #1, with Wideman right behind him.

Man... I sound angry.

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#260 SmellOfVictory
January 21 2013, 10:55PM
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Am I the only person to be impressed with Stajan in these two games....

He looks a lot better

He looks better than he previously has with the Flames.

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#261 Jibmeister
January 21 2013, 11:03PM
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I liked Horak, Brodie, Baertschi, Wideman. I didn't like Bouwmeester, Kipper. Only two games for sure but it'd be nice to get that first win. Down with the Nucks.

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#262 McRib
January 21 2013, 11:09PM
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What did Mike Cammalleri and Mark Giordano do in Toronto during the offseason, just horrid starts. If they were even anywhere close to where PK Subban was training, no wonder Montreal is in no hurry to sign him, although apparently he is looking for Drew Doughty money, Hahahaha. Good luck, IMO he is hands down the most overrated defender in the league, puts up big point in nothing games and is invisible in anything that matters.

Also if Kipper makes one big save tonight we get the W, letting in 9 goals in two games is one thing but every single one of them was the type that completely takes momentum away from a team. Never seen him cough up rebounds like he has the past two.

Only Positive is the PP looks much better this season with Wideman running it and not Jay Bouwmeester serving up his muffins.

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#263 Potlicker
January 21 2013, 11:15PM
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Well, Vanc are not going to be an easy game & going 0-3 is not the definition of a fast start.

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#264 McRib
January 21 2013, 11:17PM
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Disagree I thought Sarich was our second best defenseman tonight outside of Brodie, and thats saying something because I like you cannot stand him and I wouldn't say he looked good either just not as bad as others.

Giordano, Bouwmeester were just awful, their inability to clean up Kippers ridiculous rebounds is why we lots the last two. Never thought our defence would be our biggest problem, wish we would have traded Bowumeester in the offseason while he was worth something. We could have got a Gustav Nyquist who apparently isn't NHL ready in Detroits eyes..... Dont understand why he is still in the A....

Wideman looked shaky in own zone but his Play on the man advantage was what allowed us to get back into the game.

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#265 McRib
January 21 2013, 11:24PM
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I would start Irving as Kipper has been dominated by Vancouver the last couple years. When Hartley was walking out tonight he said something to Irving wouldn't surprise me if he's in Wednesday.

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#266 loudogYYC
January 22 2013, 12:54AM
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I'd also describe Wideman as shaky in his own zone yet effective from the point. So he's what we hoped we would get from Zyuzin... I mean Babchuk, for $2.5M

I don't recall who said it first, but the buyout freebies could probably be considered on a Feaster signing next season.

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#267 Alt
January 22 2013, 08:30PM
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Sign Danny Taylor now

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