FGD: An Exciting Local Experiment

Vintage Flame
April 06 2013 06:40PM

 

There are bound to be plenty of nights in the remaining twelve games where the outcome is not of any significance or have any bearing on anything other than where the Flames will draft on June 30th in New Jersey. Tonight however, is not one one of those nights.

It may have been a short flight from San Jose to Vancouver, but the team had a lot to think about. Despite the loss to the Sharks, there were a great deal of positives to come out of last night's game.

The team was able to come together and play as a cohesive unit for pretty much the entire game. That's saying a lot since this season it has been a rarity and given the game they had prior to last night was nothing short of an abomination, it was nice to see the boys rise to the challenge.

Tonight, they are going to have to have the same attitude and the same tenacity they showed last night. It may be asking a lot since they are on the second night of a back to back, but tonight is another game against a bitter rival. If they blow this one, then last night will have been all for not, and they will be right back where they were just three nights ago.

The Line-Up

We all know our boys are going into this one tonight out-gunned and over-whelmed, so there is no need to beat that dead horse. It's going to be a tough night for whatever line is put out against Hank and Dank, and most likely it is going to a task that is floated through all the lines at some point.

That being said, we are in for a few changes.

  • Glencross - Backlund - Cervenka
  • Tanguay - Stajan - Stempniak
  • Cammalleri - Horak - Hudler
  • McGratten - Begin - Jackman
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  • Giordano - Wideman
  • Brodie - Butler
  • Sarich - Carson
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  • Kiprusoff

Curtis Glencross is going to be a game time decision. As a result, last night the Flames recalled F Max Reinhart (aka Max Power). Reinhart will make his NHL debut in his home town in front of his Dad, Paul Reinhart. Quite a proud moment for Dad watching his son play in his first game, a game that features both teams he played with back in his day.

Reinhart is not being brought up as a "what-if" Glencross can't go tonight. If Curtis is out, then Reinhart will slot in there, but if GlenX is a go, someone else will come out of the lineup.

Miikka Kiprusoff, despite playing last night and facing 41 shots, will man the Flames crease again tonight. Kiprusoff had one of his best games of the year last night and was the leader in that team attitude factor that kept the Flames not only in the game, but close to stealing it.

The Opposition

Even though the Canucks are without Ryan Kesler still, they do get some relief as Mason Raymond and Dale Weise return to the lineup. In the past, I would have been very optimistic about Kesler not being dressed for the game, it would have been even better knowing David Booth will also miss action tonight, but in the grand scheme of things, their absence will not be missed.

  • D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
  • Higgins - Roy - Hansen
  • Kassian - Lapierre - Raymond
  • Weise - Ebbett - Sestito

  • Hamhuis - Garrison
  • Bieksa - Edler
  • Tanev - Barker

  • Schneider

This will be the first time the Flames face Derek Roy as a member of the Canucks, so like I said, the fact that Kesler isn't in the lineup is no big advantage for Calgary.

Sum it Up

The big attraction for me in this game is the call up of Max Reinhart. It's going to be exciting to see what this kid can do at the NHL level.

No one should be expecting miracles or to see him single handidly keep both Hank and Dank off the score-sheet. It's his first NHL game, and he's playing it in his home town. Let's take it for what it's worth and hopefully just enjoy seeing the kid have a whole lot of fun.

Some may wonder why Reinhart and not Baertschi. I think the Flames know what they have in Sven, they don't need to see anymore, especially not in a quasi-toxic environment. They have nothing to lose now, even though the official magic number is six. Why not see what some of these other kids have got. I have no doubt Chris Breen would also be up here instead of having to play Babchuk, but he has a season ending injury, so we're stuck with the Crouton Anton, for a while longer.

Let's call tonight what it is... The Flames engaging in an experiment with one of their prospects that has a little local connection.

Game time is 8:00 pm on CBC or the Fan 960.

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#1 mk
April 06 2013, 06:51PM
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Alright Max, channel your inner Toews and we'll be good. That's an accurate description of his ceiling, right? :P

But in all seriousness, good to see Reinhart up here. Time to see if his defensive assignments with the Heat have taught him some tricks.

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#2 Dwarrior@mac.com
April 06 2013, 07:10PM
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Glenx not playing. Limping badly. Welcome max

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#3 Dwarrior@mac.com
April 06 2013, 07:10PM
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Glenx not playing. Limping badly. Welcome max

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#4 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 07:29PM
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Glencross out and Reinhart in? On the second night of a B2B? This is going to get real ugly.

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#5 mk
April 06 2013, 07:46PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Glencross out and Reinhart in? On the second night of a B2B? This is going to get real ugly.

How much more time in the AHL before Reinhart is actually ready for the big show?

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#6 negrilcowboy
April 06 2013, 07:52PM
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political call up, kids from Van area. nothing surprises me with boobby hill er i mean feaster.

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#7 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 07:54PM
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@mk

Years. His brain might be there, but the spirit/body are weak relative to other pro players. At least from what I've seen and heard from others as well.

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#8 Alt
April 06 2013, 07:54PM
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What happened to Breen?

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#9 Alt
April 06 2013, 08:11PM
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How long do we have to sign Ramage,now that he's finished school?

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#10 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 08:27PM
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@Alt

My sense is the Flames aren't even sure they're going to sign him.

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#11 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:28PM
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So, over/under on how many goals the Canucks score? I'll set it at 5. Over or under?

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#12 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 08:33PM
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COL losing to PHX. Booo.

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#13 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:35PM
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@Kent Wilson

Flames/Avs on Monday. Someon has to win...right?

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#14 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 08:38PM
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Reinahrt on a line with Cervenka? And starting the game? Is Hartley trying to sink Backlund?

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#15 FireOnIce
April 06 2013, 08:39PM
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So... Reinhart continues his minus ways. -1 on his first shift, 40 seconds in. This is going to be an even longer night than in EDM.

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#16 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:41PM
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So do we cheer when Vancouver scores?

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#17 365
April 06 2013, 08:42PM
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schevvy wrote:

So do we cheer when Vancouver scores?

No. Never. Not Vancouver.

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#18 FireOnIce
April 06 2013, 08:42PM
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Lovely. Jackman and McGrattan both fight in the first 4 minutes. There goes the surprise truculence factor for when they're down 5-0.

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#19 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:44PM
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@365

Agreed.

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#20 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:52PM
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Everything going according to plan

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#21 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 08:53PM
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Two goals on two chances for the canucks.

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#22 365
April 06 2013, 08:54PM
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@schevvy

Who's? Feaster's? Kipper's? Kent's? Seth Jones?

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#23 schevvy
April 06 2013, 08:57PM
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@365

The lottery plan.

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#24 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:00PM
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It's spelled "Giordano", but it's pronounced "Throat Wobbler Mangrove":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQvjKqXA0Y

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#25 schevvy
April 06 2013, 09:00PM
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4-0 PHX

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#26 365
April 06 2013, 09:02PM
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@schevvy

Ah. So not the Fantasy hockey plan a la Feater and King.

The pragmatist plan. As in EVERY RATIONAL THINKING individual.

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#27 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:03PM
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schevvy wrote:

4-0 PHX

Boooooo

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#28 365
April 06 2013, 09:04PM
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The way both teams are playing right now, this is anybody's game.

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#29 schevvy
April 06 2013, 09:06PM
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Wideman! Yeah! Or, booo

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#30 RKD
April 06 2013, 09:07PM
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schevvy wrote:

4-0 PHX

PA Parenteau Matt Duchene Paul Stastny John Mitchell Jamie McGinn Ryan O'Reilly Gabriel Landeskog and still the Colorado Avalanche continue to be worse than the Calgary Flames, amazing.

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#31 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:13PM
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Chances were 12-2 Flames in the first. Really.

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#33 mattyc
April 06 2013, 09:18PM
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@Kent Wilson

Id say they've legitimately looked good so far. Especially Backlund and Cammalleri

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#34 schevvy
April 06 2013, 09:18PM
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12-2 chances and they're losing. Yup, all going according to plan.

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#35 RKD
April 06 2013, 09:25PM
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I'm interested to see how Vancouver fares in the playoffs. Maybe they will try to take the role of the underdog, finish 5th and open the playoffs on the road. Cory Schneider will get his second crack at starting in the playoffs and Kesler is supposed to return at the end of this month. Flying under the radar might help them. They don't look anywhere close to the team who went to the finals. If the underdog role doesn't work for them they are out in the first round.

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#37 365
April 06 2013, 09:32PM
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@Vintage Flame

@vintage flame

Double weird; nor does it seem to interest the user base for Canuck's Army.

@RKD That being said, I'm not sure I agree . Although having high expectations (really, they still do this year, don't they?) usually helps a team, I don't think this helps with the 'nucks particular brand of neurosis.

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#38 365
April 06 2013, 09:33PM
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@vintage flame

Double weird; nor does it seem to interest the user base for Canuck's Army.

@RKD That being said, I'm not sure I agree . Although having high expectations (really, they still do this year, don't they?) usually helps a team, I don't think this helps with the 'nucks particular brand of neurosis.

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#39 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:41PM
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Flames still dominating. It's amazing they are behind in this one.

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#40 365
April 06 2013, 09:43PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Flames still dominating. It's amazing they are behind in this one.

Not really; difference there is Kipper.

All in all (outside of this write-off of a shortened season), what a exceptional talent. Wasted career.

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#41 funkyjaman
April 06 2013, 09:44PM
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If this team is the start of the rebuild and they continue to play like this going forward...well I think we will be better off then most people give them credit for. This is a fun game to watch.

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#42 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:45PM
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And Kipper is back to struggling.

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#43 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:45PM
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funkyjaman wrote:

If this team is the start of the rebuild and they continue to play like this going forward...well I think we will be better off then most people give them credit for. This is a fun game to watch.

True.

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#44 Kent Wilson
April 06 2013, 09:47PM
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Canucks have 4 scoring chances and 3 goals.

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#45 Steven T
April 06 2013, 09:48PM
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I've liked what I've seen from Reinhart so far. He doesn't look like he's too out of place here in the NHL.

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#46 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
April 06 2013, 09:49PM
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Reinhart really hasn`t looked out of place. I mean, I know his line got burned for the first goal against, but the kid has a few hits and has looked alright.

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#47 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
April 06 2013, 09:51PM
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Brodie...man, is this guy really 22? Wasn`t he playing on our third pairing last year? He`s handled the steep learning curve and minutes quite nicely.

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#49 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
April 06 2013, 09:51PM
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Man, Reinhart with another nice shift.

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#50 yomamen11
April 06 2013, 09:52PM
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Wow shift by Reinhart! warrior

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