Flames Weekend Guide, January 25 2013

Ryan Pike
January 25 2013 11:08AM

 

 

There's a whole lotta hockey going on, folks. For your reading pleasure, here's a rundown of what's what.

NHL

The Calgary Flames (0-2-1) renew acquaintances with their neighbours to the north, the dastardly Edmonton Oilers (2-1-0), on Saturday night as part of Hockey Night in Canada. The Flames represent all that is good and true with the world, while the Oilers are smelly and aren't that good at the hockey. Want proof? This will be the 211th meeting between these two hockey clubs, and the hockey team from Calgary is 104-84-22 overall.

AHL & ECHL

The Abbotsford Heat (21-12-3-4) hit the road, big-time, as they trek all the damn way to Charlotte, North Carolina, to take on the Charlotte Checkers (25-13-2-3) on Friday and Saturday. The Checkers are the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and boast a roster featuring former Flame Brett Sutter. The Heat are riding a four-game winning streak and will be getting Roman Horak into their line-up at some point this weekend, travel-dependent.

Down in the ECHL, the Utah Grizzlies (15-18-2-3) head down to Northern California to take on the Stockton Thunder (21-15-4-3) on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. The Thunder are the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Mitch Wahl recently represented the Grizzlies in the ECHL All-Star Game, but was also recently thrown out of a game for abuse of an official.

JUNIOR

All of Calgary's major-junior prospects are playing twice, except for Michael Ferland, as the Saskatoon Blades (23-21-0-3) face Moose Jaw (14-25-3-6) on Sunday.

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Swift Current Broncos (23-21-0-3) and Coda Gordon host Regina (18-26-2-2) on Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday. Turner Elson's Red Deer Rebels (25-20-3-2) used to be white-hot but have hit the skids of late. They host Brandon (17-27-2-2) on Friday and Lethbridge (22-21-1-6) on Saturday.

Portland (37-7-1-2) is very good. Tyler Wotherspoon is having a great year. The Winterhawks hit the road this weekend, visiting Spokane (30-16-2-0) on Friday and Tri-City (28-17-1-2) on Saturday. Vancouver (12-36-0-0) is almost at good at being bad as Portland is good at being good. They visit the Victoria Royals (25-17-1-2) on Friday and Saturday. Laurent Brossoit attempts to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings (33-11-2-3) to the first seed in the WHL's Eastern Conference. They host Brandon on Saturday and Lethbridge on Sunday, and I'd expect Brossoit to start at least one of those games. He's 9-2-0 since getting cut by Team Canada.

Way out in Quebec, the Remparts (27-16-1-2) play twice, giving Ryan Culkin a chance to continue a very good post-draft year. Unfortunately, the Remparts will visit Halifax ( 38-4-2-1) on Saturday and Moncton (29-16-1-0) on Sunday. The Remparts got hammered, absolutely wrecked by the Mooseheads last week, losing 11-2. Yes, they lost by nine goals. Hopefully they can keep it closer this week.

And finally, Patrick Sieloff's Windsor Spitfires (19-20-1-6) hit the road for visits with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (25-19-2-1) on Friday and the Sudbury Wolves (21-17-4-5) on Sunday. The Spits are presently four points out of a playoff spot.

COLLEGE

Okay, you're here to find out when Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold play with Boston College (14-5-2) this week. Good. They play the Maine Black Bears (5-14-4), the worst team in their conference, on Friday and Saturday. BC is four points up on second-place New Hampshire and this weekend could allow the Eagles to pad their lead a little bit.

Despite them not being a tremendously great hockey team, the Providence College Friars (10-9-3) have put together a pretty good year. They are tied in conference play with Boston University (12-9-0), who they play on Friday and Saturday. A lot of the credit should go to young Jon Gillies, who has been fantastic as a freshman starter in the NCAA. Mark Jankowski is also coming along nicely, just not as impressively as Gillies quite yet.

Elsewhere, Wisconsin (9-8-5) and John Ramage takes on the lowly Alaska Anchorage (3-14-5), Notre Dame (15-9-0) and Nick Larson take on Ferris State (12-9-3) and Michigan State (6-15-3) and Matthew Deblouw tangle with non-conference opponents Ferris State.

EUROPE

It's a titanic battle with playoff implications on Saturday night! Avangard Omsk (#1 in the East) take on Ak Bars Kazan (#2 in the East) on Saturday night. I'd imagine Karri Ramo will be in net for Avangard.

Elsewhere, HIFK Helinski (19-8-8) plays Karpat (19-14-11) on Saturday. Markus Granlund is on a scoring streak, while Joni Ortio is tied for the league-lead in wins adn sports an impressive .920 SV%.

 

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#1 jeremywilhelm
January 25 2013, 02:38PM
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Baertschi is getting scratched tommorrow. The night his mother and brother fly into Calgary to watch the game.

Quality coaching there.

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#2 Dave
January 25 2013, 11:30AM
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I'm not going to lie, as much as I enjoy and appreciate all the other junior news i'm basically only interseted in Boston College and Providence right now. I can't help it. Our college prospects are so exciting right now. I'm really curious to see how NCAA hockey progresses and if it turns into a premier league for development. I don't know for sure but it seems like a lot more prospects are coming from there now.

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#3 backburner
January 25 2013, 11:34AM
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Dear Edmonton: PLEASE spare us of any Yakupov goal celebrations!!

In fact, I hope the Flames will light it up to tone down the Oiler fanbase who will be out in droves on Saturday... #facepalm

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#4 backburner
January 25 2013, 11:44AM
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Flames lines at practice today

Glencross - Tanguay - Iginla

Cammellari - Backlund - Stempniak

Hudler - Stajan - Cervenka

Baertchi/ - Jones - Comeau/ Begin Jackman

J Bo - Giordano

Wideman - Brodie

Sarich - Smith

Babchuck - Butler

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#5 SmellOfVictory
January 25 2013, 11:48AM
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Get Baertschi off the 4th line for Christ's sake.

Although from a scoring perspective that's one of the deepest teams I've ever seen. That's like 09-10 Hawks deep. Not so great possession-wise, but they've got half of it down.

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#6 NateBaldwin
January 25 2013, 12:03PM
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@backburner

Thank you!

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#7 Baalzamon
January 25 2013, 12:06PM
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lol Ryan, that 1st paragraph reads like a BoL impression. And not a bad one either.

Hopefully Jankowski shows off more slick dangles, takeaways, and fantastic passing that go completely unnoticed by the commentators.

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#8 RKD
January 25 2013, 02:41PM
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The Flames beat the Oilers four times last season before the Oil took the last two. The Flames were pretty physical against the Oil. The Oil only won the game last night due to special teams.

Darryl Sutter's defensive system employed by the Kings nearly worked to a tee. All those big guns could not buy a goal until the end of the third period.

Remember that OKC had Eberle, Schultz, Hall, and Nugent Hopkins in the lineup, yet OKC weren't dominating by any stretch. Eberle and Schultz were tops in scoring yet in wasn't translating into consistency.

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#9 loudogYYC
January 25 2013, 10:38PM
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@Baalzamon

Where are u watching Janko's games? I've only seen highlights here ans there but I'd like to catch a few games.

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#10 Baalzamon
January 26 2013, 10:49AM
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nah, I'm alluding to a very specific highlight where Jankowski made a great play, and the commentator dumb@ss went on ad nausium about how great Ross Mauermann was.

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