FGD: Winging It With Kipper

Ryan Pike
April 17 2013 12:22PM

We're down to the nitty-gritty, folks, as the Flames (16-22-4) can mathematically be eliminated from the post-season (and get a little closer to a high draft pick) with a loss tonight against the Detroit Red Wings (20-15-7).

Tonight's game starts at 7:30 on TSN and your radio friends at Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The kids will continue to be the item of interest down the stretch, but the top story tonight may be Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff. Suiting up for the 574th time as a Calgary Flame, he may be playing one of his last contests in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames coach Bob Hartley noted after practice that Kiprusoff will play tonight and Friday, as well.

THE LINE-UP

Besides Kiprusoff making his first start in awhile, the other big story is the return of Matt Stajan to the Flames line-up. Before his upper-body injury, Stajan was one of Calgary's best, most consistent players. He'll replace Roman Cervenka in the line-up which, all due respect to the Czech player, is probably an upgrade.

Here's how the lines look according to Pat Steinberg:

  • Baertschi - Stajan - Stempniak
  • Glencross - Backlund - Hudler
  • Cammalleri - Horak - Hanowski
  • Begin - Reinhart - Jackman

  • Brodie - Wideman
  • Giordano - Sarich
  • Butler - Carson

  • Kiprusoff

Wunderkind Ben Hanowski has cut his hair, so please remember that he's wearing #58 for your hockey heroes. He joins a few good group of young players with ridiculously high numbers: Sven Baertschi (#47), Roman Horak (#51) and Max “Power” Reinhart (#59) are the others. 

THE OPPOSITION

The Red Wings are a pretty good hockey team and have been for awhile. However, they're in a fight for their playoff lives lately and may actually miss the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90.

However, the Wings have been helping out their own cause lately, going 2-1-2 in their last five and finding ways to get points any which way they can. They most recently blanked the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Sunday night, so they're rested.

Here's how their lines may look:

  • Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
  • Franzen - Filippula - Cleary
  • Nyquist - Andersson - Brunner
  • Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo

  • Kronwall - Ericsson
  • DeKeyser - Kindl
  • White - Smith

  • Howard

The Wings have some strong top-six players. The Flames beat them handily during their last visit to the 'Dome, but that was primarily due to some terrifying defensive zone play and some awful goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, who won't play tonight.

Detroit's in desperation mode, needing a win to give them breathing room – they're tied with Columbus (at 47 points) with a game in hand, with Dallas just two points back.

SUM IT UP

The Flames are playing for next year. The Wings are playing for the playoffs. The Flames are in audition mode. The Wings are in desperation mode.

On the other hand, the Saddledome will be filled to the brim with emotion, as the fans prepare to possibly say goodbye to #34. If that emotion spills over to the Flames players, this could be quite the hockey game.

 

51a8cdc527ce12d222fdc583f3cf4368
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.
Avatar
#1 Kurt
April 17 2013, 12:32PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props

Stepniak is on the 1st and 4th lines? Wow this team just keeps getting better.

Avatar
#2 mattyc
April 17 2013, 12:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props

@Kurt

it tricked me into thinking we had more depth than we do ("wow, stempniak is on the 4th line!")

Avatar
#3 beloch
April 17 2013, 12:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
4
props

I gotta give this one to the Wings unless Kipper breaks out of the secret forest lawn CSIS detention facility he's been held in all year, impales the shape-shifting alien who has been inhabiting his jersey, and shuts out Detroit.

Avatar
#4 the forgotten man
April 17 2013, 01:01PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Kipper is now dead to me...take your ball back to Finland in May please.

Avatar
#5 Scary Gary
April 17 2013, 01:02PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
beloch wrote:

I gotta give this one to the Wings unless Kipper breaks out of the secret forest lawn CSIS detention facility he's been held in all year, impales the shape-shifting alien who has been inhabiting his jersey, and shuts out Detroit.

Maybe Howard will stand on his head with his shiny new contract.

Avatar
#6 mk
April 17 2013, 01:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Too bad the newly-signed Berra won't come over and experience some "growing pains" to the end season (i.e. loses).

Then he can become an excellent goalie for the next few seasons after that initial hiccup. :D

Avatar
#7 Sanintarious
April 17 2013, 01:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

@mk

Not a for sure thing....Pat Steinberg just reporting on twitter that the Flames have signed him to his ELC (1 year 1.33M-With bonuses built in).

Not sure if this kicks in this year, or next year....but if it does kick in this year, we could very well see him in the final 4 games.

EDIT- Just re-read yours and see you mentioned "newly signed". My bad!!

Did they say he won't come till next year??

Avatar
#8 Avalain
April 17 2013, 01:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

So conflicted! On one side Calgary desperately needs to lose this game or risk losing out on a top 5 pick. On the other side, a spiteful part of me wants Detroit to miss out on the playoffs as a result of some defensive mistakes that wouldn't have happened if they had come up with a nice package for Bouw.

Oh well. Better off seeing a game like the one against Min where we put up a good fight and still lose in regulation.

Avatar
#9 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 01:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props

@Sanintarious

A one year suggests it starts next season...or else his newly minted contract will end in a week or two when the Flames season ends.

Avatar
#10 beloch
April 17 2013, 01:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props
mk wrote:

Too bad the newly-signed Berra won't come over and experience some "growing pains" to the end season (i.e. loses).

Then he can become an excellent goalie for the next few seasons after that initial hiccup. :D

Of all the goalie prospects in the Flames system, Berra has the least promising stat sheet. He's 26 and has posted MacBackup-like numbers in the Swiss-A league for several years now. I'd honestly like to know what Feaster&Co. see in this guy.

I agree that it'd be nice to see him in net for the rest of this season though.

Avatar
#11 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 01:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props
beloch wrote:

I gotta give this one to the Wings unless Kipper breaks out of the secret forest lawn CSIS detention facility he's been held in all year, impales the shape-shifting alien who has been inhabiting his jersey, and shuts out Detroit.

I "props'd" this comment. Yes, people actually use that sometimes.

Avatar
#12 Q
April 17 2013, 01:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Bring in the losses boys! We want a high pick. No conflict for me anymore. Come June all the losses will have been forgotten when we have a nice prospect coming to cowtown!

Avatar
#13 Double Dion
April 17 2013, 01:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
beloch wrote:

Of all the goalie prospects in the Flames system, Berra has the least promising stat sheet. He's 26 and has posted MacBackup-like numbers in the Swiss-A league for several years now. I'd honestly like to know what Feaster&Co. see in this guy.

I agree that it'd be nice to see him in net for the rest of this season though.

I agree. Then again, I haven't seen him play in 6 years so take it with a grain of salt.

Avatar
#14 Kurt
April 17 2013, 01:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props
Q wrote:

Bring in the losses boys! We want a high pick. No conflict for me anymore. Come June all the losses will have been forgotten when we have a nice prospect coming to cowtown!

This game is MUST LOSE. The Coilers are giving us a run for a money. They are WAY better than us at getting lottery draft picks. If they somehow win the lottery or get a higher pick than us I'll be terribly disappointed.

#mustLoseGame

Avatar
#15 Q
April 17 2013, 01:58PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

@the forgotten man

Agreed! It was fun while it lasted but I let go of the past when he hinted he might not fulfill his contract next yr and when he said he wouldn't go if traded! Not very professional! What if the flames just said," to hell with you, we're not payin you?" Same diff no? Pisses me off !

Avatar
#16 Q
April 17 2013, 01:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

@Kurt

Well said! Carolina has completely tanked now too. No more mid range picks! Top 3 or bust!

Avatar
#17 Double Dion
April 17 2013, 02:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
the forgotten man wrote:

Kipper is now dead to me...take your ball back to Finland in May please.

Agreed. I also think Kipper has been overrated for about four years now. The time to trade him was this past offseason when we had some leverage and he had an actual good year. Spilled milk and all that though. We missed the boat. At least we traded JBo at the right time. Missed the boat on Stempniak though.

Avatar
#18 Double Dion
April 17 2013, 02:01PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props

@Q

True. How the crap has Carolina been so bad? I guess my take on J. Staal being the most overrated player in the league is true. New overrated player is Paul Stastny.

Avatar
#19 Scary Gary
April 17 2013, 02:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Are we putting Kipper in to tank? MacBackup's goaltending has been way too average. Bring on Berra!

Avatar
#20 Q
April 17 2013, 02:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props

@Double Dion

Yeah, Sutter was a sweet trade for staal. Carolina is a huge disappointment! Can't believe they signed semin for 35 over 5 yrs. we can't have them finish under us!

Avatar
#21 seve927
April 17 2013, 02:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
5
props
Kent Wilson wrote:

I "props'd" this comment. Yes, people actually use that sometimes.

In the spirit of the brotherly new environment surrounding flamesnation I propped you for propping beloch.

Avatar
#22 Q
April 17 2013, 02:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

So is agastino still back in college next yr then?

Avatar
#23 Q
April 17 2013, 02:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Was it just me or does Hanowski look a bit chubby for a hockey player?

Avatar
#24 beloch
April 17 2013, 02:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
seve927 wrote:

In the spirit of the brotherly new environment surrounding flamesnation I propped you for propping beloch.

+1. Hey, might as well close the loop before it gets out of hand!

Avatar
#25 Double Dion
April 17 2013, 02:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
Q wrote:

Was it just me or does Hanowski look a bit chubby for a hockey player?

He does look a bit chubby. Of course, so does Geno Malkin and he's pretty good. His skating needs to improve and he did look winded. Could be a product of Calgary's elevation too. I know when we'd go to lower points in minor hockey I'd have crazy good cardio because I was used to Calgary. It's why olympians tend to train here and in Canmore.

Avatar
#26 Baalzamon
April 17 2013, 02:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props
Double Dion wrote:

True. How the crap has Carolina been so bad? I guess my take on J. Staal being the most overrated player in the league is true. New overrated player is Paul Stastny.

IMO, it's solely because Cam Ward has been injured all season long, and they've been going with... uh... whoever else they've got. For the past 4 months.

Avatar
#27 negrilcowboy
April 17 2013, 03:58PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

no kippa no kippa.

Avatar
#28 Avalain
April 17 2013, 04:15PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
Q wrote:

Was it just me or does Hanowski look a bit chubby for a hockey player?

Not sure about the chubbiness, but I thought in the interview that he had this big dent in his forehead...?

Avatar
#29 Q
April 17 2013, 04:21PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Double Dion

Fair enough. Chubby or not, if he scores for us I'm happy! Reminds me of one summer my brother and I went to see the flames play at a charity softball game . Bryan Glynn was a rookie who hadn't even played yet. He was straight-up fat. I bet at least 50 lbs overweight apparently Tim hunter put him on his exercise program and he was ready by day one. It was weird seeing everyone else lean and he was really fat. Of course hanowskis not like that. Maybe it was the locks?

Avatar
#30 Q
April 17 2013, 04:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Baalzamon

I can't believe they spent all that money on semin and didn't get at least a descent backup!

Avatar
#31 kittensandcookies
April 17 2013, 04:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Q

That's what she said!

Avatar
#32 Q
April 17 2013, 04:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Q

That right!

Avatar
#33 W
April 17 2013, 04:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Anyone catch just how much of an idiot Lowe looked like in his apology?! Putting mactavish in is as close to the smell of Sutter nepotism as it gets. He didn't like being called out by the reporter who asked him why they were going back to the person who started the mess! Lowe should have been fired!

Avatar
#34 suba steve
April 17 2013, 04:58PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@beloch

"Of all the goalie prospects in the Flames system, Berra has the least promising stat sheet. He's 26 and has posted MacBackup-like numbers in the Swiss-A league for several years now. I'd honestly like to know what Feaster&Co. see in this guy.

I agree that it'd be nice to see him in net for the rest of this season though."

I'm hoping that what they SEE in him, involves actually SEEING him play. I have not, so hoping they have done their homework, assuming they have. The return on the Iggy trade is starting to look a little better then first thought, hope that will be the case in the JBo return as well.

Avatar
#35 kittensandcookies
April 17 2013, 05:02PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props
W wrote:

Anyone catch just how much of an idiot Lowe looked like in his apology?! Putting mactavish in is as close to the smell of Sutter nepotism as it gets. He didn't like being called out by the reporter who asked him why they were going back to the person who started the mess! Lowe should have been fired!

Dude, he has FIVE cups. And ten girls.

Wait what?

Avatar
#36 suba steve
April 17 2013, 05:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
kittensandcookies wrote:

Dude, he has FIVE cups. And ten girls.

Wait what?

I think he actually won six?

One for each ear (like Roy), and four up his A55.

Avatar
#37 Chris Fairfield
April 17 2013, 06:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
beloch wrote:

Of all the goalie prospects in the Flames system, Berra has the least promising stat sheet. He's 26 and has posted MacBackup-like numbers in the Swiss-A league for several years now. I'd honestly like to know what Feaster&Co. see in this guy.

I agree that it'd be nice to see him in net for the rest of this season though.

Is there any news on Ramo?

Avatar
#38 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 07:42PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

TSN must know that I hate to watch the first 5-10 minutes of Flames games......

Avatar
#39 schevvy
April 17 2013, 07:46PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Flames are gonna win tonight. They've had Detroit's number all year. 4-2 CGY

Avatar
#40 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 07:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Chris Fairfield

He can't sign until the end of the month.

Avatar
#41 schevvy
April 17 2013, 07:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Butler and Carson. Bad, bad pairing.

Avatar
#42 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 08:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Decent start, although DET is starting to pull away somewhat. Still, Flames don't look grossly overmatched yet.

Avatar
#43 Clay
April 17 2013, 08:02PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Even if Ramö and Berra don't pan out, we will have the best jersey tandem in the league.

Avatar
#44 Kent Wilson
April 17 2013, 08:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Really great play by Baertschi on that spin pass.

Avatar
#45 RexLibris
April 17 2013, 08:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
2
props
Kurt wrote:

This game is MUST LOSE. The Coilers are giving us a run for a money. They are WAY better than us at getting lottery draft picks. If they somehow win the lottery or get a higher pick than us I'll be terribly disappointed.

#mustLoseGame

Don't forget, when it comes time to tank, this group is a highly trained collection of flawless professionals.

I mean they managed to soil the sheets against the Abbotsford Flames, then orchestrated a magnificent faceplant last night allowing a goal in the first 2 minutes of each period. Dubnyk even had to kick one in off his heel.

The Flames are good, but I don't think they are in the same league as the Oilers are when it comes to twisting the knife on a bloated corpse of a season.

;-)

Avatar
#46 FireOnIce
April 17 2013, 08:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

You're doing it wrong Stempniak.

Avatar
#47 mk
April 17 2013, 08:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Stempniak is definitely not getting the memos about this season...

Avatar
#48 RexLibris
April 17 2013, 08:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
schevvy wrote:

Flames are gonna win tonight. They've had Detroit's number all year. 4-2 CGY

Wait? Are you trying to use some reverse psychology there, schevvy?

You diabolical villain, you!

Avatar
#49 clyde
April 17 2013, 08:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Bench Sven!He will be thankfull for it.

Avatar
#50 RexLibris
April 17 2013, 08:09PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Iginla with a goal and assist tonight.

Comments are closed for this article.