FGD: Colorado Visits Again - UPDATE Iginla scratched

Ryan Pike
March 27 2013 02:25PM

Two of the NHL's lowest-ranked teams clash tonight in the Scotiabank Saddledome with both of their playoff chances rapidly fading from sight. The Calgary Flames (12-15-4, 4.1% playoff chance) host the Colorado Avalanche (11-6-4, 0.8% playoff chance) at 8pm on TSN and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The Flames are coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss last night in Chicago and are an uneven 3-7-0 in their last ten, but they're riding a seven-game winning streak at home. The Avs have been idle since a 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Sunday, but are equally poor (3-7-0) lately and boast one of the NHL's worst road records at 2-10-3. They're the only NHL club worse than Calgary on the road.

With two teams playing mostly for pride now, it'll be very interesting to see how this one plays out – particularly with the Avs playing for Seth Jones now and the Flames trying to keep their faint mathematical playoff hopes alive. Colorado has won the first two meetings between the teams this season by scores of 6-3 and 5-4.

THE LINE-UP

The Flames got absolutely slammed with shots against Chicago, getting out-gunned 35-16 and being on their heels the entire time. But that was a road game, and the Flames seem to have a strange confidence about them in home games. Things just seem to go well.

Given that it's the back-end of a back-to-back, the Flames didn't have a full morning skate (it was an optional) and line combinations are now guess-work. Here's how they lined up at the end of their game against Chicago:

  • Glencross-Backlund-Iginla
  • Tanguay-Cervenka-Cammalleri
  • Hudler-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Comeau-Begin-Jackman

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

  • Kiprusoff

As per Pat Steinberg's Twitter (and the Flames), Miikka Kiprusoff will sit after being shelled with shots over his last two games. Joey MacDonald will suit up in his stead. Also, expect some line-up changes given the back-to-back. I'd wager that Brian McGrattan and Derek Smith will sneak back into the line-up, but that's just me guessing.

THE OPPOSITION

Like the Flames, the Avalanche are coming off of a loss that was worse than the score reflected – a 3-2 setback on Sunday against the Canucks. Colorado also lost two key parts of their line-up to injury – forward Paul Statsny and defender Ryan Wilson.

Here's their lines as of the end of the Vancouver game:

  • McGinn-Duchene-Parenteau
  • Olver-O'Reilly-Landeskog
  • McLeod-Mitchell-Hejduk
  • Bordeleau-Stastny-Kobasew

  • Zanon-Hejda
  • Johnson-Hunwick
  • O'Brien-Wilson

  • Giguere

I'd expect Semyon Varlamov to start, Tyson Barrie to replace the injured Wilson and either David Jones or Aaron Palushaj to replace Statsny. The Avs remain a fairly talented team that has really, really underachieved this year. They've also had to deal with some injuries and absences, but thankfully (for them) Ryan O'Reilly is back and getting his legs under him with three goals and 11 points in 12 games (yay).

SUM IT UP

It's beyond crunch time. Wins are needed to stay alive. The Flames will have to play a smart game to play a rested Colorado team, particularly coming off a very disappointing performance against Chicago. Of course, on the

Only three games remain until the trade deadline.

UPDATE - Jarome Iginla won't play tonight. That means he will likely be moved within the next 24 hours.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#101 chillout
March 27 2013, 08:11PM
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Mackenzie just tweeted that the deal is "not done" to boston

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#102 lionlager
March 27 2013, 08:11PM
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This is a sad, sad day. Best case scenario: Boston wins the cup this summer and Iggy re-signs, with a ring, in Cowtown.

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#103 Q
March 27 2013, 08:12PM
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Any other scratches for us? Wondering if sarich goes too?!

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#104 A
March 27 2013, 08:13PM
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No because they're saying he's signing a contract too.

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#105 schevvy
March 27 2013, 08:13PM
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Q wrote:

Any other scratches for us? Wondering if sarich goes too?!

Let's not get crazy, haha. Sarchy better not be dealt with Iggy.

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#106 A
March 27 2013, 08:14PM
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@lionlager

Iggy won't be back. Signing a contract also

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#107 A
March 27 2013, 08:16PM
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Heat playing tnite? Just wondering if there's any scratches there too!

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#108 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 08:19PM
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under the new cba is there any possible method to shed a couple of contracts in abby and the mothership?

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#109 Colin.S
March 27 2013, 08:28PM
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Wonder if there is a prospect of two involved in our end, as in Boston has to take one of our lesser prospects for contract limits(the 50 contract limit). If we get back those two players are we right at 50? If it's just them for Iggy?

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#110 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 08:29PM
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A wrote:

Heat playing tnite? Just wondering if there's any scratches there too!

Kolanos doesn't appear to be in the lineup haha... Brust and Taylor awful again tonight. 5 goals on 22 shots so far...

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#112 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 08:34PM
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@Colin.S

We'd be at 50 if it's just two players coming back.

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#113 schevvy
March 27 2013, 08:37PM
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This is all so surreal.

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#114 Scary Gary
March 27 2013, 08:38PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

How's it going everybody? Gonna be in and out depending on what happens. Weird night so far.

The suspense is killing me! I like most people am torn between excitement for the future this trade would bring and sadness; age catches up to us all.

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#115 mk
March 27 2013, 08:39PM
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So we're getting Seguin and Hamilton in this trade, right? Kessel?

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#116 Scary Gary
March 27 2013, 08:39PM
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mk wrote:

So we're getting Seguin and Hamilton in this trade, right? Kessel?

And Rask...

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#117 Colin.S
March 27 2013, 08:40PM
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**** I hate this game being on TSN, the chanting at the dome is gonna not be shown because ****ing MTL and BOS got to go to OT, bad enough Iggy's going to Boston and now it has to preempt the FLames game.

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#118 ChinookArch
March 27 2013, 08:42PM
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Game on TSN 2 now.

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#119 ChinookArch
March 27 2013, 08:46PM
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So if Khoklachev is part of the deal, he could be good.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/alexander_khokhlachev/

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#120 schevvy
March 27 2013, 08:47PM
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This game feels just so strange

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#121 Danglesnioecelly
March 27 2013, 08:52PM
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I'm in a hotel in Van, no TSN2... This sucks, I hate the shoot out! Longest game ever.....OMG.

Five min delay just to put two secs on clock.... I'm about to "rock star" this hotel room.

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#122 ChinookArch
March 27 2013, 08:52PM
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I'm finding this game difficult to care about. It's the beginning of a new era, with no Iginla.

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#123 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 08:52PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

So if Khoklachev is part of the deal, he could be good.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/alexander_khokhlachev/

the little russian toiled for boughner in windsor, apparently had some attitude issues and the other part is being compared to butler. yikes butler 2.0 ther better be more or its jay fleastya gm

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#125 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 08:55PM
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I'm in a hotel in Van, no TSN2... This sucks, I hate the shoot out! Longest game ever.....OMG.

Five min delay just to put two secs on clock.... I'm about to "rock star" this hotel room.

hotel room as well with no tsn 2 i would rock star the room but the heroin impairs my violent mood swings numbs the pain of the trade but dont make it better

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#126 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 08:58PM
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Nice PP goal for Hudler.

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#127 schevvy
March 27 2013, 08:58PM
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Um..yay!

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#128 Danglesnipecelly
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hotel room as well with no tsn 2 i would rock star the room but the heroin impairs my violent mood swings numbs the pain of the trade but dont make it better

Extra shooters and a goal review... Awesome. I can't even handle this... Apparently we missed a great fight to!!

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#129 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 09:00PM
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You guys dont have TSN2?

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#130 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 09:01PM
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Bruins game over. Let's see if anything is announced. Feaster just left his seat too.

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#131 schevvy
March 27 2013, 09:02PM
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According to Walker, Feaster heading downstairs. Press room?

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#132 schevvy
March 27 2013, 09:04PM
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Feaster's presser: Jarome has the flu. Also we just signed him to a multi year deal. Screw you guys.

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#133 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 09:05PM
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schevvy wrote:

According to Walker, Feaster heading downstairs. Press room?

boston to make statement in minutes

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#134 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 09:07PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

You guys dont have TSN2?

I'm in a Hampton Inn and Suites in Vancouver.... Not to self, don't plan business trip when franchise player is on the block again. Thanks goodness for Flamesnation and twitter.

2nd note to self, try not to throw mini fridge through window when trade details are announced.

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#135 mk
March 27 2013, 09:07PM
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schevvy wrote:

Feaster's presser: Jarome has the flu. Also we just signed him to a multi year deal. Screw you guys.

I...I don't even know what to say to that. Almost believed it for a second. Haha...

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#136 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 09:07PM
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FLAMES ARE WINNING.

Clearly Jarome was the problem.

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#137 schevvy
March 27 2013, 09:08PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

FLAMES ARE WINNING.

Clearly Jarome was the problem.

Crying. :(

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#138 schevvy
March 27 2013, 09:10PM
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There is absolutely no atmosphere in the dome. Everyone's on their phone checking for updates or crying.

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#139 RKD
March 27 2013, 09:11PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

FLAMES ARE WINNING.

Clearly Jarome was the problem.

Naw, just at home. Wait till they go on the road:( Buck the trend against the Oil.

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#140 Colin.S
March 27 2013, 09:12PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

FLAMES ARE WINNING.

Clearly Jarome was the problem.

All those stories about him not trying really hard in warmup were TRUE!

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#141 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 09:12PM
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So given the wait for the Bruins game to end do we read into that there could be a Bruins roster player involved? Or would that player have automatically been scratched?

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#142 mattyc
March 27 2013, 09:13PM
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@Kent Wilson

I knew it! That or everyone's scared they're next to be traded! ;)

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#144 schevvy
March 27 2013, 09:15PM
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Colorado's last in the West for a reason. They're bad

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#145 ?
March 27 2013, 09:15PM
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When are they gonna announce the trade? The suspense on the return is killing me.

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#146 ?
March 27 2013, 09:17PM
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Who does everyone think could be the next guy going? Jbouw? Cammi?

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#147 Canucks Suck
March 27 2013, 09:17PM
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@Danglesnipecelly

I got some links if you don't mind being a filthy pirate. I pay for the channels too its just nice being able to watch anywhere. The stations need to do what CBC does though and stream too.

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#148 aloudoun
March 27 2013, 09:18PM
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Blessed I got to see Iggy's last home game and last goal as a Flame live on Sunday. Let the rebuild/retool begin.

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#150 Colin.S
March 27 2013, 09:19PM
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Does anyone else think Brodie is playing REALLY well this game, doesn't look like a rookie at all out there.

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