FGD: HOW BOUT A WIN

Byron Bader
January 22 2014 12:23PM

-via Don't worry1

The Calgary Flames (16-27-7) return home from a brief two-game road trip to take on the Phoenix Coyotes (23-17-9).  Puck drops at 7:30 pm MT on Sportsnet West.  The question is will the home winless streak continue?

The Scotiabank Saddledome, regarded as one of the toughest buildings for opponents to pick up a win only a few years ago, can now almost be considered an advantage for opposing teams.  The Flames currently find themselves in a franchise worst 7 game losing streak, having been shutout four times in that span as well. This is the team's worst losing stretch ever at home and they haven't been close to this bad at home since 1999, the young gun days, when a possible first line could include Clarke Wilm, Hnat Domenichelli and/or Harvey the Hound. 

That being said, the Flames' play has improved remarkably in the past week and a half compared to the dark days of early January.  Counting the Pittsburgh game on January 11th, the Flames have played six games.  They have only won one game but they've been in 3 out of the 5 losses, losing by no more than a goal with a shootout loss in there as well.

The Flames have sparred off against the Coyotes three times this season, with the Coyotes holding a 2-1 advantage in the win-loss column. Last time out, the Coyotes put up a touchdown against the Flames minus the conversion point, taking a commanding 6-0 victory on January 7.  On the plus side, the Flames are back scoring goals.  As well, the Flames have beat the Yotes the last four times they've squared off at the Dome.  Perhaps tonight's the night the streak ends!!

THE LINE-UP

As always, the lines come via www.dailyfaceoffs.com...

  • Hudler - Backlund - Stempniak
  • Bouma - Monahan - Colborne
  • Jones - Stajan - Byron
  • Westgarth - Street - McGrattan
  • Brodie - Giordano
  • Russell - Butler
  • Wideman - Smid
  • Ramo

Byron blocked a shot in the San Jose game and didn't return in that game.  Sounds like he's out for this one and Galiardi will take his spot on the Monahan line.

The Flames welcomed Kris Russell back to the line-up on Monday after missing 13 games and he took off right where he left off.  Russell played over 18 minutes, contributed an assist and was very noticable, in a positive way, out there.  He took home the Red Warrior honours as well.  Yesterday Roger Millions reported that the Flames appear to be closing in on a contract extension with Russell.  I can't imagine any Flames' fan is upset with that as he has been dynamite for the Flames.

Ramo, after a solid showing on Monday, will go again tonight.

THE OPPOSITION

  •  Doan - Ribeiro - Vrbata
  • Korpikoski - Vermette - Boedker
  • Kennedy - Klinkhammer - Moss
  • Chipchura - Halpern - Szwarz
  • Ekman Larsson - Michalek
  • Stone - Yandle
  • Morris - Schlemko
  • Smith

The Coyotes have not been very good of late, going 3-7-0 in their last ten.  Based on their line combinations, the Coyotes are really trying to put all of their bread in on basket to generate something as all of their offensive weapons - Doan, Ribeiro and Vrbata - are on one line.

Dave Tippett generally spreads those three names throughout the first three lines to create a balanced attack.  Looking at the current line combos, the offensive prowess really drops off significantly after that 1st line. 

Last time the Flames met the Coyotes was the day the Canadian Olympic Team was announced.  Mike Smith was in the running to be selected .  Regardless of if he was chosen or not, his emotions were running high that day so Tippett thought it best to sit him out.  Now that we are two weeks removed from the announcement, in which Smith did in fact make the roster, Smith's emotions have calmed and he will likely be in the pipes tonight.

SUM IT UP

The Flames find themselves in their worst home losing stretch in franchise history.  They have lost seven straight games at the Saddledome.  The Flames only have one win in their last six games but have four straight wins against the Coyotes at the Dome though. With any luck, they can keep that positive streak against the Coyotes alive while ending the record-breaking home losing streak.

 

 

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Byron has a background in psychology, economics and business and is a business researcher/data analyst by day. His love for hockey is as deep as the ocean is wide. Tell him your questions and let him into your heart. Twitter: @Baderader; Email: byron.bader@gmail.com
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#1 Alsker
January 22 2014, 12:41PM
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Yes please, you guys are only 3 points ahead of us. I believe you can do it!!!

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#2 FlamesRule
January 22 2014, 12:49PM
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Desert dogs going down!

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#3 Jeff In Lethbridge
January 22 2014, 12:52PM
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I was at the game in phonenix and got to witness the touchdown.

some in the crowd there was surprisingly hostile to me...

they were doing the "let's - go - coyotes, clap clap, clap-clap-clap" chant, and during the clap-clap-clap part, i interjected an extremely exuberant and loud "go-flames-go".

the timing worked perfect, and there was a lengthy competition to try and be louder. everyone was enjoying it until some drunk punk a few rows up stood up, stared at me, and kept shouting the phoenix chant back, very angry. his buddies were concerned, trying to get his to sit back down... but i just kept smiling and cheering... hahaha

in the last few minutes, same drunkard managed to get the cheerleader's pom poms and again turned and stared at me, shaking the poms and screaming "go home flames" and "losers" etc. He looked like he was going to start something, but, all's well that ends well. shaking pom poms at the enemy? I really had to be careful not to laugh too hard... that might have set him off! hahaha

Hopefully we can return the favor tonight and get our own touch-down, plus a 2 pt conversion.

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#4 John
January 22 2014, 12:55PM
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If Hartley has enough cash, we should start our 4th line again. Last time was lots of fun.

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#5 cunning_linguist
January 22 2014, 12:57PM
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We can only lose so many games in a row before it starts to look like we're doing it on purpose. Please Edmonton, just win some freaking games. How can you possibly be THAT bad.....

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#6 Jeff In Lethbridge
January 22 2014, 01:00PM
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cunning_linguist wrote:

We can only lose so many games in a row before it starts to look like we're doing it on purpose. Please Edmonton, just win some freaking games. How can you possibly be THAT bad.....

Edmonton's losing reminds me of the old, "I've fallen and can't get up" thing

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#8 aloudoun
January 22 2014, 01:14PM
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Going to the game tonight. Hopefully its a good one! GO FLAMES!!!

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#9 Christian Roatis
January 22 2014, 01:25PM
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@aloudoun

"Going to the game tonight"

Sorry to hear that ;-)

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#10 Monaertchi
January 22 2014, 01:28PM
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Christian Roatis wrote:

"Going to the game tonight"

Sorry to hear that ;-)

So is his avatar.

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#11 lionlager
January 22 2014, 01:40PM
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@Byron Bader

Lowe: "Oh, you think losses are your ally, but you merely adopted losing. Our team was born in it, molded by it."

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#12 cunning_linguist
January 22 2014, 01:55PM
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Byron Bader wrote:

Kevin Lowe: "You think you can lose more than us. We invented losing. We will take all 1st overall picks for all eternity. You'll never win...er... we'll never win. We'll both never win!!!"

Kevin Lowe: "And lastly I’ll say, there’s one other guy I believe in hockey today, that is still working in the game, that has more first overall draft picks than me, so I think I know a little bit about losing...if that’s ever a concern"

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#13 mk
January 22 2014, 02:49PM
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@Byron Bader

Lowe: "These are not the draft picks you're looking for..."

Edit: Apparently I forget entire words in my posts these days...

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#14 beloch
January 22 2014, 03:45PM
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Lowe: They don't call this the City of Lottery Picks for nothing!

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#15 Jeff In Lethbridge
January 22 2014, 04:07PM
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Lowe sure has had a lot to say on this board today

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#16 ianberg1
January 22 2014, 05:35PM
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I want great play from the tradeable players and a few wins to get the most value for them. Were going to be 3rd overall in the draft at most I think.

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#17 Bring Back Tim Hunter
January 22 2014, 06:29PM
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Hey let's go easy on the kevin Lowe talk. If Kates gets wind of it, he might just fire him. We don't want that. As long as he is in charge up north, the soilers will be bad. Glad to see Ramo starting tonight. I'm getting tired of Berra and his big rebounds that seem to always end up in his net.

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#18 Carlizzle
January 22 2014, 06:43PM
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Any insight or guesses as to what the terms would or might be for Russell?

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#19 Primo
January 22 2014, 06:43PM
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I know it's all about winning! I'm a bit torn as I do NOT want to see Ekblad in an Oiler uniform!

Burkie...figure this one out please.....

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#20 Ryan Pike
January 22 2014, 06:46PM
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No Byron tonight. Galiardi slots in.

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#21 John Deere Green
January 22 2014, 07:04PM
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Had a late one with the boys last night. I fully expect this game to put me to sleep on the couch by the 7 minute mark of the first period.

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#22 beloch
January 22 2014, 07:35PM
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TSN seems to have forgot to mix in the feed from Simmer and Kerr. Unsure if this is a bad thing...

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#23 RexLibris
January 22 2014, 08:00PM
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beloch wrote:

TSN seems to have forgot to mix in the feed from Simmer and Kerr. Unsure if this is a bad thing...

It isn't.

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#24 ChinookArch
January 22 2014, 08:11PM
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Wouldn't be nice if the Flames used Galiardi and not Westgarth regularly.

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#25 mattyc
January 22 2014, 08:12PM
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Westgarth is playing so far above his head he must have vertigo.

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#26 Slash
January 22 2014, 08:14PM
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It is not TSN. Sportsnet at its finest.

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#27 ChinookArch
January 22 2014, 08:47PM
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Great goal by Bouma!

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#28 Slash
January 22 2014, 08:52PM
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Smith is not looking like an Olympian tonight.

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#29 RexLibris
January 22 2014, 09:06PM
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Slash wrote:

Smith is not looking like an Olympian tonight.

Needs more thunderbolt?

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#30 mk
January 22 2014, 09:08PM
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3 goals?!? Wow, this is a treat.

Nice to see Stajan get the extension goal there. In the post-game, can we have more pictures of Matty Franchise?

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#31 Slash
January 22 2014, 09:10PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Needs more thunderbolt?

He could casually stop a few more shots.

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#32 prendrefeu
January 22 2014, 09:13PM
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See, Johnny Gaudreau? We can be a good team. Really, we can.

Join us. The future might be bright, bring your sunglasses.

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#33 Slash
January 22 2014, 09:14PM
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@prendrefeu

He won't need sunglasses as Burke will bring in plenty of truculent shade for him.

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#34 RKD
January 22 2014, 09:23PM
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Nice, the Flames haven't scored more than two goals since beating Colorado on Jan. 6th. The boys badly need a win at home, this franchise home losing streak needs to stop.

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#35 mk
January 22 2014, 09:24PM
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Have y'all voted for Gaudreauby Baker today? Johnny Hockey is trailing a lame Canucks prospect and some guy who Florida drafted (who will probably be traded to Vancouver at some point). CHANGE THIS.

http://www.hobeybaker.com/awards/the-hobey-baker-memorial-award/vote

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#36 prendrefeu
January 22 2014, 10:07PM
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BTW, can someone make a gif of that guy in the stands who was looking for a high-five but didn't get any - kinda awkward moment - following the 1st goal of tonight's game?

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#37 Baalzamon
January 22 2014, 10:15PM
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WHAT!?!?!?!?! He's trailing TWO players now??? What madness is this?

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#38 beloch
January 22 2014, 10:33PM
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Good game. A bit of puck-luck and a quality start from Ramo. Nice to see that Stajan isn't immediately going into slack-off mode now that he's gotten a big contract.

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#39 Kypreos
January 22 2014, 11:19PM
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mk wrote:

Have y'all voted for Gaudreauby Baker today? Johnny Hockey is trailing a lame Canucks prospect and some guy who Florida drafted (who will probably be traded to Vancouver at some point). CHANGE THIS.

http://www.hobeybaker.com/awards/the-hobey-baker-memorial-award/vote

Nicely done!

I was going to send friendly reminder myself.

I just checked and he now only trailing Hutton by 175 votes.

Come on!

I know this does not mean he get the Hobey this is only a small part, but let's send a message.

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#40 Alsker
January 22 2014, 11:47PM
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See I told you so!!!Now if only Buffalo could get their crap together...Ekblad here we come...yes its sad.

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#41 Rockmorton65
January 23 2014, 07:08AM
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One thing to be optimistic about, is that the last time Burke went into the draft with the 3rd overall pick, he came away with the Sedins.

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