FGD: On the Road in Nashville

Ryan Pike
March 21 2013 01:00PM

 

 

For the twelfth time this season, the Calgary Flames are entering a game with a record just below .500 and hope to get back to even with a win. Thus far this season, their 11 previous attempts have resulted in a 6-4-1 record, which would be great if they managed to win more when entering a game with a .500 record.

Now, in the midst of an extended win-one, lose-one stretch, the Flames really need a win and really need to get back from .500. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Tonight's game is the first of a back-to-back – tonight in Nashville, tomorrow in Columbus – that sees Calgary begin to use up their games in hand. Entering Thursday, the Flames had two (or three) games in hand on literally every other Western Conference team. If they put together wins over the next 48 hours, they can get to within two points of a playoff spot – with games still in hand.

Puck drop is at 6pm on your various Sportsnet sports broadcasting properties.

THE LINE-UP

The Flames are coming off of a 4-3 loss in Dallas on Monday night. According to Roger Millions and Pat Steinberg, the team will look a bit different tonight. Here are likely line combinations:

  • Tanguay – Cammalleri – Iginla
  • Glencross – Stajan – Stempniak
  • Comeau – Backlund – Hudler
  • McGrattan – Begin – Jackman

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

  • Kiprusoff

In summation: Kiprusoff has returned from child-birth and will start. Cory Sarich subs in for Derek Smith. Steve Begin subs in for Roman Cervenka, who, I think we can safely say at this point, isn't being sat for "health reasons".

Biggest head-scratcher may be the Sarich sub-in, although Smith has been merely “fine” and I'd wager that he's back for the Columbus game. Ditto Cervenka. The Flames have three lines clicking right now and merely need to come out in the first period with some form of urgency. Any form, really.

Iginla had perhaps his best game of the last month against Dallas, but just could not score.

THE OPPOSITION

Like the Flames, Nashville is coming off a 4-3 road loss. Theirs came in Columbus on Tuesday night. Lines for tonight weren't immediately available, so here's roughly how they looked on Tuesday:

  • Mueller – Legwand – Bourque
  • Beck – Fisher – Erat
  • Boychuk (gone) – Spaling – Halischuk
  • Clune – Smith - Yip

  • Weber – Josi
  • Ellis – Blum
  • Klein – Bartley

  • Rinne

Either Bobby Butler or Sergei Kostitsyn will replace Boychuk in the line-up, as he's been claimed on waivers by Carolina. I'd lean towards Kostitsyn. If so, let's hope he shows the same level of try and tenacity he displayed against the Oil.

Pekka Rinne has been lit up (and chased) recently – most recently against the Flames last week. The Preds are also injury-hobbled and their forward roster is full of, to be blunt, random dudes. If Bob Hartley can line-match a bit, the Flames could make some hay in Music City.

SUM IT UP

The Flames need points. They've beaten the Predators convincingly recently, and really need to do it again. As much as the road losing streak hangs over the team, they have to put it out of their minds and go to work. Miikka Kiprusoff should be able to hold the team in the game, so as long as the club can score on Pekka Rinne (and undermine his likely flagging confidence), they have a good shot here.

Next stop: .500.

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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.
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#101 Chris Fairfield
March 21 2013, 09:04PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Well there we go! No denying ourselves of necessity now. There is no way they will turn this around. It's actually almost slightly pathetic to think this is a team looking to contend. To be in Iggys head is crazy to think about. I wonder what he's thinking...

Get me outta here, right freakin' now!

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#102 Nathan
March 21 2013, 09:05PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Well there we go! No denying ourselves of necessity now. There is no way they will turn this around. It's actually almost slightly pathetic to think this is a team looking to contend. To be in Iggys head is crazy to think about. I wonder what he's thinking...

"At least I can still wear #12 in Boston..."

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#103 Chris Fairfield
March 21 2013, 09:12PM
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Atrocious officiating, disallowed goal, no hope, disention running through the team and losing Iginla all in 1 night. Both the Dallas and Nashville games were games dallas and nashville were coming off of 4 game losing streaks, you had to know that this was coming tonight. I really don't want Calgary to lose on purpose, but with every loss, and with this core and current state of the organization, it starts to sway one's opinion.

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#104 A
March 21 2013, 09:16PM
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@Subversive

Sorry. Misread the post. Thought kent wrote it but you were commenting g on his post. So ticked right now I'm flustered!

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#105 Q
March 21 2013, 09:22PM
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I would be PROUD to be a Bruins/Iginla fan!

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#106 Q
March 21 2013, 09:24PM
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Has iggy scored his last as a flame? Lets pray for his sake!

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#107 Q
March 21 2013, 09:24PM
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Has iggy scored his last as a flame? Lets pray for his sake!

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#108 negrilcowboy
March 21 2013, 09:32PM
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Q wrote:

Has iggy scored his last as a flame? Lets pray for his sake!

dont fall into the trap. iggy is starting to look like a selfish coach killer. his tenure as a flame may have produced 500 plus goals. but at the expensive of the franchise. not messier leadership more like sundin. points and goals first team sucess second.

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#109 lionlager
March 21 2013, 09:32PM
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Poor Iggy. Everything rests on him being chased out of town for some reason. If he goes, which I think he will, I bet it will only be for a few weeks. Then re-sign in the summer. Kind of strange to cheer for the guy not to score but to leave town for us for a while...

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#110 Franko J
March 21 2013, 09:32PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

the big money guys realy cane to play, disgusting leadership

Iginla, Tanguay, Cammalleri -7 2 shots on net. This is why the Flames are where they are. Bouwmeester may be a minute muncher, but he must play the softest minutes by any D-man in the league.

Again no emotion and at even strength they played terrible. With their history in Columbus this team should save their air miles, skip the game because if they anything like tonight Columbus is going to make it 9 loses on the road.

I'm already done with this season, the only thing holding my interest is the trade deadline and looking forward to the draft. The only players who would be interested in joining this team are the ones who enjoy golfing more than hockey.

Welcome to the Flaming C Golf and Country Club. Maybe I'm seeing things different than other fans, but it seems that the majority of players on this team have little desire motivation for the playoffs. They might as well polish those clubs.

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#111 Franko J
March 21 2013, 09:32PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

the big money guys realy cane to play, disgusting leadership

Iginla, Tanguay, Cammalleri -7 2 shots on net. This is why the Flames are where they are. Bouwmeester may be a minute muncher, but he must play the softest minutes by any D-man in the league.

Again no emotion and at even strength they played terrible. With their history in Columbus this team should save their air miles, skip the game because if they anything like tonight Columbus is going to make it 9 loses on the road.

I'm already done with this season, the only thing holding my interest is the trade deadline and looking forward to the draft. The only players who would be interested in joining this team are the ones who enjoy golfing more than hockey.

Welcome to the Flaming C Golf and Country Club. Maybe I'm seeing things different than other fans, but it seems that the majority of players on this team have little desire motivation for the playoffs. They might as well polish those clubs.

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#112 negrilcowboy
March 21 2013, 09:42PM
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Franko J wrote:

Iginla, Tanguay, Cammalleri -7 2 shots on net. This is why the Flames are where they are. Bouwmeester may be a minute muncher, but he must play the softest minutes by any D-man in the league.

Again no emotion and at even strength they played terrible. With their history in Columbus this team should save their air miles, skip the game because if they anything like tonight Columbus is going to make it 9 loses on the road.

I'm already done with this season, the only thing holding my interest is the trade deadline and looking forward to the draft. The only players who would be interested in joining this team are the ones who enjoy golfing more than hockey.

Welcome to the Flaming C Golf and Country Club. Maybe I'm seeing things different than other fans, but it seems that the majority of players on this team have little desire motivation for the playoffs. They might as well polish those clubs.

iggy is the captain, and the clubs identity should reflect him. what i see is a culture of losing. how many coaches have came and went during iggie's god status in calgary? if i hear one more gee schucks we need a bounce back game quote, i might need roberts heart pills.

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#113 Bean-counting cowboy
March 21 2013, 09:51PM
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They'll be tired and bummed out tomorrow night. I expect a loss in Columbus and if tonight wasn't the final nail in the coffin - tomorrow absolutely will be. Trade talks and rumours will be heating up big time over the next week.

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#114 Vintage Flame
March 21 2013, 09:59PM
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Post-game article is now up.

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#115 negrilcowboy
March 21 2013, 10:02PM
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Q wrote:

Are you Freakn kidding me? At the expense of the team? What the crap are you even spewing dude?!!!!! He has been our team along with kipper! The garbage we've had for coaches have zapped the lifeblood out of iggy and he's been given virtually noone to play with in his career! Conroy, gelinas, olli, tanguay, cammi? A joke! You are not a flames fan! You are spoiled and now rotten! Don't lecture me and don't put iggy even near the loser sundin! You sound more like a bitter leafs fan not a loyal flames fan ! He is 35. One yr younger than lanny was whe n he retired! Blame any flames ineptitude on crap drafting, crap management and horrid horrid Sutter trading and Sutter nepotism! Don't even dude !wake the Freak up!

2004 was along time ago wake up pal. its a culture of losing, built around one constant. when your captain laughs off losses year after year and coaches last a season or two the evidence mounts.

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#116 Franko J
March 21 2013, 10:05PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

iggy is the captain, and the clubs identity should reflect him. what i see is a culture of losing. how many coaches have came and went during iggie's god status in calgary? if i hear one more gee schucks we need a bounce back game quote, i might need roberts heart pills.

That is the problem with this team is a dire need of a shake up. In the locker room and most notably on the ice. Right now from the captain on down the frustrating thing is this team has too many drifters who are getting paid very well for less than stellar results. For the past 4 seasons this team doesn't play any hockey with desperation and has perpetually disappointed the fans. Like I said in the past win or lose I just like to see the team outwork and play hard, when as a team -19 at 5 on 5 that is why things are so frustrating.

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#117 negrilcowboy
March 21 2013, 10:11PM
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That is the problem with this team is a dire need of a shake up. In the locker room and most notably on the ice. Right now from the captain on down the frustrating thing is this team has too many drifters who are getting paid very well for less than stellar results. For the past 4 seasons this team doesn't play any hockey with desperation and has perpetually disappointed the fans. Like I said in the past win or lose I just like to see the team outwork and play hard, when as a team -19 at 5 on 5 that is why things are so frustrating.

chances are bob hartley moves before iggy, as for the room, isnt it the captain who steps up and rallies the troops. if iggy was a soldier he woul lose a battalion a year.

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#118 Q
March 21 2013, 10:12PM
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@negrilcowboy

Oh so it was ok when we got to the finals with iggy but its one guys fault........PAL! Beggars can't be choosers. 23 man roster with 4 coaches a gm and owner take no responsibility huh? Just dump it on iggy! Please!

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#119 Q
March 21 2013, 10:14PM
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@negrilcowboy

Laughing off losses? What? Where did u see this? We're all pissed dude! Lets be real man!

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#120 negrilcowboy
March 21 2013, 10:15PM
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Oh so it was ok when we got to the finals with iggy but its one guys fault........PAL! Beggars can't be choosers. 23 man roster with 4 coaches a gm and owner take no responsibility huh? Just dump it on iggy! Please!

lol buddy you are amazing, drink some more koolaid.

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#121 Q
March 21 2013, 10:21PM
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@negrilcowboy

LOLOLOLOL! Go back to trollville who's fault is it tomorrow, the fans? Apparently were a 1-man team. All iggys fault. That darn iggy, soooo selfish! All that community work and free tickets for young hockey players. It hideous! What a greedy player . What the he££ kinda koolaide are you drinking? :P

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#122 Franko J
March 21 2013, 10:29PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

chances are bob hartley moves before iggy, as for the room, isnt it the captain who steps up and rallies the troops. if iggy was a soldier he woul lose a battalion a year.

As I said before Iginla had his time. I will forever have great respect for him as a player and as a person, but you are right if he is a captain who leads by example, with the way he is playing no wonder this team struggles. How can a team play or follow the leader whereby the leader looks lost and down beaten. I really believe all these losing seasons from this team has finally taken his heart and passion to play. With exception to Iginla, where are the other players pulling the weight and taking charge. Iginla can only do so much, but who else on this team takes the approach of hating to lose. This team talks the talk but as long as they have the majority of players with the country club mentality and culture this how each season will be.

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#123 Q
March 21 2013, 11:28PM
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Ok I'll give you that. I do believe he's not playing inspired anymore. It does carry over to everyone as we see when he drops the gloves and plays physical. I just have never ever felt like he's been given enough tools to compliment his game. I just can't buy the notion he hates to lose. He has always had the "fire" in his belly so to speak but he was young and stupid and I think in the mode that his time to win will come. I think it's finally taken its toll and he's just numb to the fact that this team doesn't improve. Why have we never had a top notch center?

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#124 chillout
March 21 2013, 11:58PM
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Have any of you guys ever been in a relationship you knew was kinda bad but stayed because it was comfortable and just told yourself you didn't want it to end but the moment it was over it was like a huge weight was lifted from your shoulders? Trust me Iggy probably doesn't even realize how down he is but the moment he is on a fresh team, new winning environment I would lay money we see a practically brand new Iggy.

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#125 Scary Gary
March 22 2013, 12:13AM
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Have any of you guys ever been in a relationship you knew was kinda bad but stayed because it was comfortable and just told yourself you didn't want it to end but the moment it was over it was like a huge weight was lifted from your shoulders? Trust me Iggy probably doesn't even realize how down he is but the moment he is on a fresh team, new winning environment I would lay money we see a practically brand new Iggy.

Good point. Softer minutes and not having to be "the guy" would help too.

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#126 Franko J
March 22 2013, 04:58AM
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@ Q

I think your thoughts and sediments resonate to a plenty of Flames fans about why Iginla has never ever had that legit elite centre. Can you imagine how this team would have been without Kiprusoff as well? The main reason the Flames are in this predicament along with Iginla is very simple. Very poor drafting and utterly horrible development of players. Nobody who constantly blogs on this site can truly say Calgary has had a sparkling record in the draft. As well, when the GM's continually moved draft picks for short term gains and a patchwork lineup, this is the end result we are witnessing with this team. Case in point: This year we all know about the ROR situation, the irony is the Flames choose in the first round someone other than him. If the Flames had adequate and competent scouting at that time they would have picked a player at centre who may or may not been that legit elite centre, but at the very least provided the Flames with a very good young player to compliment the roster.

The one complaint I have made, no matter the who the GM has been is if the team knows that centre is their weakest position why did they draft a goalie in the first round. Or a bottom six or seventh defender? Going forward if Flames ownership and management should have learned by now is that they lost the opportunity to build a real contender with two elite players who are in the twilight in their careers. That the only way Calgary has the chance to change their fortunes is by drafting, developing and trading for players who will not only compliment Baertschi, Gaudreau, Brodie, and Backlund but enhance the team overall.

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