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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#201 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:41PM
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Kipper sweeps the puck...towards Getzlaf. Boo-urns. He was getting very little defensive support, but that was rough all around.

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#202 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:41PM
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Yeah big time. Even if he's just moderately capable at putting points up...

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#203 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:41PM
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Jesus, he is just rebounding all over the place. Are we sure this isn't Karlsson in net? He looks worse than I have ever seen him play.

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#204 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:41PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, how do the Flames get stuck with their 4th line out against the Ducks first on home ice?

Thought that was a Sutter problem.

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#205 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:42PM
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Safe to say if Kipper plays like this a top 5 pick is on the way

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#206 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:42PM
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Chances are 7-1 Ducks in this third period. Roll-er-coast-er.

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#207 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:43PM
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I think you are forgetting 2008-09.

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#208 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:43PM
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I've liked Wideman tonight. Good with the puck and on the PP. not horrible d-zone play either

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#209 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:44PM
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Brodie has looked good to me as well.

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#210 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:45PM
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Wow, who sprung Stemp on that?

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#211 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:45PM
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Come back!

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#212 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:45PM
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Crazy game tonight!

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#213 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:45PM
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Brodie!

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#214 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:46PM
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Brodie with the pass

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#216 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:46PM
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Put Irving in net, seriously, Kipper looks drunk.

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#217 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:46PM
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Kipper almost lost that one too.

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#218 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:46PM
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That pass from Brodie is just silly good.

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#219 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:46PM
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This is a heck of a game right here. Bowling shoe ugly at times, but tons of back and forth.

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#220 dph
January 21 2013, 09:47PM
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Brodie lookin' like he belongs.

And at least the coaching staff is gonna have a lot of "when you do this, good things happen, when you do that, bad things" video to show the troops...

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#221 OilLeak
January 21 2013, 09:47PM
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Wow Kiprusoff looks shaky.

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#222 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:47PM
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Stempniak's second breakaway chance. Wideman sprung him earlier.

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#223 Rubberbadger
January 21 2013, 09:48PM
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So when do we switch lines for Iginla and Stempniak? Stemp looks dangerous, Iginla looks tired

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#225 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:49PM
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Chances now 8-3 ANA in this one. Brodie in on two of the Flames 3 chances.

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#226 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:49PM
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@Vintage Flame

Must be a beer gut. Can't see his toes

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#227 Rubberbadger
January 21 2013, 09:50PM
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We can't give Winnik a hat... can we?

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#228 ChinookArch
January 21 2013, 09:51PM
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So , Stajen's been good tonight.

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#230 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:53PM
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Yeah he's had a decent start to the season. That whole line hasn't been too bad.

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#231 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 09:54PM
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What did the sportsnet guys say about the Ricky romero trade??! WTF is he talking about?

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#232 MC Hockey
January 21 2013, 09:55PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Did the Oil make a trade today?

WAaaaahhhttt? Did they?

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#233 MC Hockey
January 21 2013, 09:55PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

What did the sportsnet guys say about the Ricky romero trade??! WTF is he talking about?

Ricky ray trade...

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#234 Ryan Pike
January 21 2013, 09:55PM
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Running downstairs.

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#235 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 09:55PM
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Bobby Ryan has been a complete non-entity tonight. Bad performance for him.

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#237 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:56PM
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@MC Hockey

He was talking about the Ricky Ray trade

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#238 Slash
January 21 2013, 09:58PM
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Every time Wideman shoots it I think it has a chance.

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#239 Rubberbadger
January 21 2013, 09:58PM
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Weird game.

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#240 schevvy
January 21 2013, 09:59PM
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Bad start + Kipper= loss. Better goaltending = a win

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#242 MC Hockey
January 21 2013, 10:00PM
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Slash wrote:

He was talking about the Ricky Ray trade

Yes I said that...

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#243 Slash
January 21 2013, 10:01PM
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Sorry MC there is a delay.

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#244 Kent Wilson
January 21 2013, 10:02PM
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Chances were 9-4 ANA in the third. Flames won the total count 18-17 overall, but lost two of the three periods.

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#245 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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#246 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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#247 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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#248 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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#249 jeremywilhelm
January 21 2013, 10:18PM
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@SmellOfVictory

Yes you do, you saw Bouwmeester do it all night long as well.

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#250 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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