FGD: Seeing Stars

Ryan Pike
February 13 2013 01:54PM

For seemingly the zillionth time this hockey season, your Calgary Flames face-off at home with a team that played the night before (usually in a different city). Okay, it's only the third time, but the Flames haven't won one of these games yet. And with the quarter-pole of the season looming on Friday night, the club desperately needs to cash in on some of these opportunities.

Tonight's opportunity pits the 3-4-3 Flames against the 7-5-1 Dallas Stars.

THE LINE-UP

The Flames are still without the services of goalkeeper Miikka Kiprusoff, centre Mikael Backlund and winger Sven Baertschi. Paul Byron (wearing #32) and Joey MacDonald (wearing #35) will make their 2013 Flames debuts, although MacDonald will merely replace Danny Taylor opening the gate. The biggest boost is that Mike Cammalleri will return to the Flames line-up after missing a few games due to a hip flexor injury.

Wednesday's skate was an optional, but on Tuesday Steve Begin was between Glencross and Iginla and Baertschi was between Cammalleri and Stempniak. In reality, we're guessing they'll line up something like this.

  • Hudler – Tanguay – Cervenka
  • Glencross – Stajan – Iginla
  • Cammalleri – Byron – Stempniak
  • Comeau – Jones – Jackman

  • Giordano – Bouwmeester
  • Brodie – Wideman
  • Sarich – Butler

  • Irving

Cammalleri should give Calgary an offensive boost, assuing he returns to the line-up a better player than when he left it. Byron showed some great chemistry with Stempniak when he was up last season, so maybe he can do some damage rather than just be a warm body. That sure is a line of smaller guys though.

Sarich replaces Smith for the second straight game on the back-end while Steve Begin sits out up front. Anton Babchuk is more or less ready to go, but remains in the presssbox.

THE OPPOSITION

The Stars played last night and did a lot to get Flames fans on their side as they beat the Oilers up in Shelbyville by a 4-1 score. Dallas boasts a slew of familiar faces, including one of two active NHLers with more career goals than Jarome Iginla in the ageless Jaromir Jagr. Also contributing in Dallas is former Flames first rounder Eric Nystrom.

From our friends at Defending Big D, a stab at the lines:

  • Morrow-Benn-Jagr
  • Eriksson-Roy-Ryder
  • Smith-Eakin-Vincour
  • Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt

  • Dillon-Robidas
  • Rome-Daley
  • Goligoski-Larsen

  • Bachman

One of the fourth liners may cycle out for Wandell or Roussel and Oleksiak might swap in for Larsen.

Jamie Benn has returned the line-up and put together strong counting stats and underlying numbers as well. With him in the fold the Stars top six is pretty strong, alhough there are some useful players (albeit with limited offensive upside) in their bottom six as well.

Things get a bit dodgy on the back end, and its likely that the Flames will be seeing back-up netminder Richard Bachman (career stats: 8-6-1, 2.68 GAA, .913 S% and 1 shutout). He's not quite Kari Lehtonen, but he's got more games under his belt and better numbers than Leland Irving.

SUM IT UP

Dallas has a pretty strong team and they're not missing any big guns (well, besides Ray Whitney). With them having played the night before, there will be no better opportunity for the Flames to get two points. Of course, with the Flames missing their starting goalie, top rookie and their best possession center, they are by no means guaranteed success.

 

51a8cdc527ce12d222fdc583f3cf4368
Now in his fourth 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 and the Wrestling Observer.
Avatar
#51 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
T&A4Flames wrote:

Holy crap that was just sick!!!

some kinda passing, good things happen when you keep your feet moving and go to the net

Avatar
#52 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 08:24PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Good start here. Wait...did I just jinx it?

Avatar
#53 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

@RexLibris

Leave Rex. Now.

Avatar
#54 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Saaaaay whaaaat? I've been good lately VF!!

Avatar
#55 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 08:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
negrilcowboy wrote:

some kinda passing, good things happen when you keep your feet moving and go to the net

Ha ha. LouboSimmer

Avatar
#56 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Wow!

Avatar
#57 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 08:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Guess not.

Avatar
#58 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

WHO IS THIS TEAMMMSSSM!!WAFSDAFWE

Avatar
#59 Gunk
February 13 2013, 08:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

oooooooooo what is happening??? am ii watching this? 3 for 3? on the pp?

Avatar
#60 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Nice play by Iggy there.

Avatar
#61 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Bachman, you suck bro!

Avatar
#62 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Wow. Nice pass Iggy. Warrener piss you off?

Cammi on the board. Let it start rolling for him.

Avatar
#63 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
schevvy wrote:

Leave Rex. Now.

Funny story, every single game I have PVR'd this season - loss. Oilers or Flames.

As Adam, Prince of Eternia is fond of saying "I HAVE THE POWER!"

Now, all the Flames have to do is sit back and coast for the next two and a half periods.

;-)

Avatar
#64 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

I hope Iginla fights Benn again.

Avatar
#65 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:29PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

@jeremywilhelm

Randy Bachman is the patron saint of Winnipeg JW, easy does it.

Avatar
#66 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

some kinda pass by the st albert product

Avatar
#67 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 08:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
jeremywilhelm wrote:

I hope Iginla fights Benn again.

I hope he doesn't. We need him healthy for a trade.

Avatar
#68 Scary Gary
February 13 2013, 08:32PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Those Jagr look a likes were freaking hilarious bah hahaha.

Avatar
#69 clyde
February 13 2013, 08:33PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
ChinookArch wrote:

Randy Bachman is the patron saint of Winnipeg JW, easy does it.

Since Richard Bachman is a pen name Stephen King uses, could that be him behind that mask?

Avatar
#70 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 08:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Ferraro.... spends all pre-game ripping the Flames, now tripping over himself with praise. F'n Ferraro...

Avatar
#71 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Paul Byron does not shy away from hits.

Avatar
#72 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
clyde wrote:

Since Richard Bachman is a pen name Stephen King uses, could that be him behind that mask?

certainly aint cujo

Avatar
#73 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

That's where you need a center that can actually play center.

Avatar
#74 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

5 hole. Hmmmmm.

Avatar
#75 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Byron hurt

Avatar
#76 clyde
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
negrilcowboy wrote:

certainly aint cujo

Good one!

Avatar
#77 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

I blame Ferraro...

Avatar
#78 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

hartleys on to somethin with cheddar huds and tangs they are messing quickly wow thats refreshing poor mat stajanovich bumped to third line status

Avatar
#79 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:42PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Cervenka!

Avatar
#80 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:42PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

CERVENKA!!!

Avatar
#81 Gunk
February 13 2013, 08:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

wow, the flames are looking good tonight.

Avatar
#82 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Who was that team?

Avatar
#83 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

gotta wonder where this club would have been and what some of these guys could have done if that neandrathal butta was preaching 1930's creativity for the last 3 years, tangs looks years younger and jboy is returnin to pantherian form

Avatar
#84 Scary Gary
February 13 2013, 08:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

New top line looks good.

Avatar
#85 Vintage Flame
February 13 2013, 08:49PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

So do we all give thanks to the Oilers for last night? ...

Nah.. Screw em

Avatar
#86 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Man the TSN panel is miles better than the SN or HNIC panels

Avatar
#87 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:01PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Chances in the first were 10-5 Flames. Interesting to see Jarome on the third line (which was the only unit outchanced BTW).

Very strong opening 10 minutes or so. Brodie maybe had his worst period in the show so far though.

Avatar
#88 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

@Kent Wilson

Yeah, I was surprised at how shaky he looked.

Avatar
#89 Anon
February 13 2013, 09:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Jesus Christ, Stajan. Get out of there.

Avatar
#90 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

If Irving was a woman I'd say he likes sailors..... BECAUSE HE CAN'T CLOSE HIS LEGS!!!

Avatar
#91 schevvy
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Iggy with the fight!

Avatar
#92 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Slow start to the second for the Flames.

Avatar
#93 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 09:11PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Now that Iggy is on the 3rd line I'm cool with that fight.

Avatar
#94 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Why the hell is Iggy fighting a scrub? DAL takes that trade off every day.

On the other hand, hopefully it gets him going.

Avatar
#95 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Aaaaand we have a rout.

Avatar
#96 schevvy
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Cammy!

Avatar
#97 Gunk
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

ahh this is good to Cammi hit it hard tonight.

Avatar
#98 Baalzamon
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Cammy again. Interesting.

Avatar
#99 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Yzerman just called. He wants me to tape this game for further study.

Avatar
#100 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 09:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Flood gates...... opened.

Comments are closed for this article.