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.

 

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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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#51 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:27PM
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Bachman, you suck bro!

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#52 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
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Wow. Nice pass Iggy. Warrener piss you off?

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

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#53 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
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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.

;-)

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#54 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:28PM
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I hope Iginla fights Benn again.

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#55 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:29PM
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@jeremywilhelm

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

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#56 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:30PM
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some kinda pass by the st albert product

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#57 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 08:30PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

I hope Iginla fights Benn again.

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

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#58 Scary Gary
February 13 2013, 08:32PM
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Those Jagr look a likes were freaking hilarious bah hahaha.

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#59 clyde
February 13 2013, 08:33PM
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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?

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#60 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 08:34PM
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Ferraro.... spends all pre-game ripping the Flames, now tripping over himself with praise. F'n Ferraro...

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#61 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:34PM
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Paul Byron does not shy away from hits.

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#62 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
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clyde wrote:

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

certainly aint cujo

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#63 jeremywilhelm
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
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That's where you need a center that can actually play center.

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#64 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:35PM
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5 hole. Hmmmmm.

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#65 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
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Byron hurt

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#66 clyde
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

certainly aint cujo

Good one!

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#67 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 08:36PM
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I blame Ferraro...

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#68 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:40PM
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hartleys on to somethin with cheddar huds and tangs they are messing quickly wow thats refreshing poor mat stajanovich bumped to third line status

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#69 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:42PM
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Cervenka!

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#70 ChinookArch
February 13 2013, 08:42PM
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CERVENKA!!!

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#71 Gunk
February 13 2013, 08:43PM
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wow, the flames are looking good tonight.

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#72 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:47PM
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Who was that team?

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#73 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:48PM
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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

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#74 Scary Gary
February 13 2013, 08:48PM
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New top line looks good.

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#75 Vintage Flame
February 13 2013, 08:49PM
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So do we all give thanks to the Oilers for last night? ...

Nah.. Screw em

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#76 schevvy
February 13 2013, 08:54PM
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Man the TSN panel is miles better than the SN or HNIC panels

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#77 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:55PM
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is it me or does darren pang remind ya of the brain from pinky n the brain fame and that matt cooke stompin motion looks intentional

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#78 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 08:57PM
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schevvy wrote:

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

here here totally agree schevvy refreshing not to hear hrudey and that loudmouthed fool healy barkin out their pie hole sensely

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#79 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:01PM
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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.

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#80 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:05PM
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@Kent Wilson

Yeah, I was surprised at how shaky he looked.

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#81 Anon
February 13 2013, 09:08PM
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Jesus Christ, Stajan. Get out of there.

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#82 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
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If Irving was a woman I'd say he likes sailors..... BECAUSE HE CAN'T CLOSE HIS LEGS!!!

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#83 schevvy
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
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Iggy with the fight!

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#84 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:10PM
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Slow start to the second for the Flames.

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#85 Mitch P
February 13 2013, 09:11PM
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Now that Iggy is on the 3rd line I'm cool with that fight.

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#86 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 09:12PM
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yeaaaaa, I'd say Iggy is pissed from Warrener's comments.

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#87 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:12PM
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Why the hell is Iggy fighting a scrub? DAL takes that trade off every day.

On the other hand, hopefully it gets him going.

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#88 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
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Aaaaand we have a rout.

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#89 schevvy
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
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Cammy!

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#90 Gunk
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
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ahh this is good to Cammi hit it hard tonight.

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#91 Baalzamon
February 13 2013, 09:13PM
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Cammy again. Interesting.

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#92 RexLibris
February 13 2013, 09:14PM
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Yzerman just called. He wants me to tape this game for further study.

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#93 T&A4Flames
February 13 2013, 09:14PM
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Flood gates...... opened.

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#94 Gunk
February 13 2013, 09:15PM
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what was that about Irving and not closing his legs??? that was his first real weak one

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#95 Baalzamon
February 13 2013, 09:15PM
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Why are games against Dallas always ugly as all hell?

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#96 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:16PM
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Poor Bachman :(

The Cammalleri line has been surprisingly good.

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#97 negrilcowboy
February 13 2013, 09:17PM
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gotta love those 2 games in 2 nights scheduling everybodies a contenda rock

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#98 Kent Wilson
February 13 2013, 09:18PM
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It's a goaltending clinic!

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#99 Kypreos
February 13 2013, 09:18PM
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Comeau is terrible. I would sooner se street in the line up

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#100 Baalzamon
February 13 2013, 09:18PM
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Yet another post. Sigh.

Bachman seems to be a Hasek style goalie. as in, style-less.

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