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

Clearly Jarome was the problem.

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#2 Brent G.
March 27 2013, 07:24PM
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As a side note, if they get those 2 mediocre players and no 1st rounder, I hope Feaster chokes on his second Big Mac meal in the drive through on his trip home tonight.

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#3 Colin.S
March 27 2013, 07:49PM
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First Name Unidentified wrote:

Wow! Bad deal for us. One is a 5th D and the other is a "maybe" 2nd line centre.

Dont deal with Boston

Unless your the Sharks I guess.

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 icedawg_42
March 27 2013, 02:29PM
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Yeah. They're probably bringing that useless plug Ryan O'Reilly too aren't they. That guy sucks. Useless. What a pilon.

*Sniff* i need a hug.

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#7 Emir
March 27 2013, 02:33PM
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Remember when stastny wasn't a plug? The flames were relevant back then.

but really I can never fully believe that stastny has fell so hard. I'll trade you Blake comeau for him...

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#8 Subversive
March 27 2013, 02:56PM
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Has there ever been a more depressing time to be a Flames fan? This is worse than the Young Guns days.

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#9 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 03:06PM
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@Subversive

No way. Young Guns was way more depressing. Back then the Flames didn't have a budget either.

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#10 Subversive
March 27 2013, 03:24PM
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I must have been younger and more naieve, at least it felt like there was hope then.

How about this for depressing? We've had two periods of time as depressing as this inside a 15 year window! *sob*

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#11 icedawg_42
March 27 2013, 03:33PM
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Subversive wrote:

I must have been younger and more naieve, at least it felt like there was hope then.

How about this for depressing? We've had two periods of time as depressing as this inside a 15 year window! *sob*

now THAT's depressing. I really feel for you young'ns who weren't around watching the team in the mid-late '80s. Ah the glory days. Even Peter Maher had more hair.

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#13 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 04:52PM
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faint hope of the playoffs, all they need to do is string together a month of victories...

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#14 s_yav14
March 27 2013, 05:01PM
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12-4-1 no problem...

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#15 schevvy
March 27 2013, 05:22PM
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17-0 to end the season no big deal. #goingforit

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#16 negrilcowboy
March 27 2013, 05:30PM
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schevvy wrote:

17-0 to end the season no big deal. #goingforit

would that be enough ya figure? so is it igglatowski's last hoo rah.

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#17 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 05:55PM
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I'm calling tonight's game as Iggy's last...I think Feaster pulls the trigger before puck drop on Friday. There's a fine line between being patient and driving up the price and holding other GM's hostage. The teams that lose out on Iggy will need time to work other deals... Accoriding to Chiarelli on Boston radio:

“I can tell you this: I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said. “He’s young. He’s a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We’ve got some goalie depth, but I’m telling you I’m not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we’ve got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I’m not trading Malcolm Subban.”

This is fine with me since Subban is redundant for the Flames. I still think Boston is the team however... So I'm going with Spooner, Khochlachev and a 1st.

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#18 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 06:04PM
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Khochlachev is a healthy scratch for Providence tonight and Torey Krug called up for the Bruins Habs game... Hmmmm

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#19 vowswithin@gmail.com
March 27 2013, 06:05PM
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Clay retweeted this

@HackswithHaggs: Hearing Alex Khokhlachev a late scratch for @AHLBruins vs the Portland Pirates. Sounds like B's think something about to go down #BruinsTalk

@HackswithHaggs: As I 1st reported earlier this wk, Alex Khokhlachev was Bruins prospect along w/a 2nd round pick B's offered for Brenden Morrow #BruinsTalk

Could there be something there? Iggy a Bruin?

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#20 dotfras
March 27 2013, 06:12PM
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"Nick Kypreos ‏@RealKyper Strong sense I'm getting from some, #Flames Iginla may not be dressing for tonites game vs #Aves. #TradeTracker"

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#21 vowswithin
March 27 2013, 06:16PM
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Bob mac says Jarome wont dress tonight!

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#22 dotfras
March 27 2013, 06:18PM
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This is kind of disappointing - would love to see him play one last time at home.

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#23 Vowswithin
March 27 2013, 06:19PM
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dotfras wrote:

This is kind of disappointing - would love to see him play one last time at home.

Me too

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#24 Dnagkesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 06:22PM
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Okay so Khochlachev and a 1st ( I would hope) and what's the missing piece??? ! Actually there must be two missing pieces here if Khochlachev and a 2nd were offered for Morrow...

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#25 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:26PM
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I'm crying...

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#26 dotfras
March 27 2013, 06:26PM
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Matt Bartkowski.

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#27 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:29PM
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I'll be disappointed if we don't get to see him one last time. Going out on a 2-0 Loss kind of sucks.

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#28 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:29PM
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Khokhlachev and Bartkowski are healthy scratches for providence.

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#29 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:30PM
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Judging how it's bookofloob's birthday and Iggy's getting dealt today, we may never hear from bookofloob ever again.

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#30 Chris Fairfield
March 27 2013, 06:32PM
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dotfras wrote:

"Nick Kypreos ‏@RealKyper Strong sense I'm getting from some, #Flames Iginla may not be dressing for tonites game vs #Aves. #TradeTracker"

I also heard that Nick Kypreos confirmed that Iggy would not be in the lineup tonight vs the Avs.

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#31 Vowswithin
March 27 2013, 06:33PM
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schevvy wrote:

Judging how it's bookofloob's birthday and Iggy's getting dealt today, we may never hear from bookofloob ever again.

Justin is also on suicide watch

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#32 vowswithin
March 27 2013, 06:34PM
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@NHLFlames: Jarome Iginla will be a healthy scratch in tonight's #CGYCOL game ~ http://t.co/rMSxfO5mOj

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#33 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:35PM
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This is so sad. End of an era.

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#34 Chris Fairfield
March 27 2013, 06:36PM
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Is there going to be a current roster player on the Bruins that is going with Khokhlachev and Bartkowski?

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#35 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 06:38PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Khokhlachev and Bartkowski are healthy scratches for providence.

So maybe one more piece?? Khochlachev, Bartkowski and a 1st seems a little light... Not too impressed with Bartkowski.

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#36 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:38PM
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@Chris Fairfield

Hard to say. Bruins started playing an hour or so ago and maybe talks weren't that far along at that point.

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#37 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:39PM
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Chris Fairfield wrote:

Is there going to be a current roster player on the Bruins that is going with Khokhlachev and Bartkowski?

Flames are gonna have fun putting those names on the back of the jerseys...

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#38 GermanFlame
March 27 2013, 06:39PM
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I mean I get why they are doing it and all. But if they don't give us a chance to give good ol' Iggy one last standing ovation I might have to fly to Boston (Or wherever he lands) myself and give him a standing ovation every time he takes a shift.

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#39 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:39PM
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I hope we get a tribute article to Iggy on here, that'll bring tears to most fans.

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#40 RKD
March 27 2013, 06:39PM
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Oh my god, I cannot believe it. March 27th, 2013 is about to become the biggest day in Flames history. I think the Flames Nation server will crash!

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#41 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:40PM
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This is so crazy whoever updated the article can't even spell update! :)

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#42 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:42PM
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@Danglesnipecelly

I'd want that at the very least.

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#43 GermanFlame
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schevvy wrote:

This is so crazy whoever updated the article can't even spell update! :)

TEH!!!!

No time to spell in a moment of PANIC!

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#44 Aussie Flame
March 27 2013, 06:43PM
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How do people feel about Peverley coming back? I know he hasn't had a great season, neither have many of the other Bruins, but I remember when I saw him play I was always impressed with how fast he was, and his acceleration was like 3 strides and gone. Just saying I wouldn't mind him as a flame.

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#45 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:43PM
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@schevvy

I blame Justin.

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#46 Danglesnipecelly
March 27 2013, 06:43PM
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Only Boston scratches tonight are listed as Bartkowski and Lane Macdermid...

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#47 schevvy
March 27 2013, 06:45PM
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If it's for Malcolm Subban, fire Feaster immediately

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#48 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:46PM
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Babby Mac says nothing is done and that Flames might be using BOS to use as leverage in other talks.

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#49 Kent Wilson
March 27 2013, 06:48PM
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@Aussie Flame

Peverley's underlying numbers are actually pretty good, so I wouldn't mind at all.

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#50 RKD
March 27 2013, 06:48PM
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I've heard recently Chiarelli doesn't want to part with Malcolm Subban. Just don't make it a Paul Bryon/Chris Butler trade.

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