FGD 43: Going to Winnipeg (6pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 09 2017 12:00PM


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The Calgary Flames beat a western Canadian rival on Saturday night, besting the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-1 score. Tonight they're back in action against another conference rival in the form of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets have been playing pretty well lately, though they're suddenly without Patrik Laine and are a bit less of a handful for the Flames. But the Flames will need to be sharp, as they're heading into one of the NHL's toughest buildings in search of two much-needed points.

The puck drops at 6 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. For the curious, the Jets are wearing their Heritage Classic jerseys and the Flames will be wearing their home red jerseys. Wacky!

THE FLAMES

Lines via Daily Faceoff:

Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Alex Chiasson
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg Sam Bennett Micheal Ferland
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Dennis Wideman
Jyrki Jokipakka Deryk Engelland

After winning last time out – his first win in five starts – Chad Johnson gets the start tonight. He's 14-8-1 with a 2.28 goals against average and .922 save percentage. He was superb against Vancouver with a tired team in front of him, so who knows how he'll do tonight with a more rested group around.

No significant changes to the lineup are expected given the results from last game. Considering both Jyrki Jokipakka and Garnet Hathaway hit the scoresheet last game, they probably stay in. That leaves Freddie Hamilton and Brett Kulak on the sidelines.

Mikael Backlund saw his scoring streak snapped on Saturday but the 3M Line was still a force to be reckoned with, shutting down the Sedins while creating offensive chances all game. The Flames are still waiting for their top six to wake up, but for now they can seemingly rely on their bottom six core to keep the game moving in the right direction. Between that and their power play, they've been good enough to compete most nights.

THE JETS

Lines via Daily Faceoff:

Mathieu Perreault Bryan Little Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Drew Stafford
Shawn Matthias Adam Lowry Joel Armia
Andrew Copp Nicolas Petan Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck starts for Winnipeg for the fifth straight game. He's 15-13-1 with a 2.75 goals against average and .910 save percentage. He's been the Jets' best goalie this year and has given them a chance to win most of the time, though he's been lit up (and pulled) a few times. He played against Calgary in relief back in December.

The big story for the Jets? No Patrik Laine tonight, as he suffered a concussion in their last game against Buffalo. Hopefully he recovers soon, since he seems like a fine young man who is excellent at scoring goals and probably has other nice qualities. He's on pace for 40 goals this season.

The Jets penalty kill hasn't been great this year. If the Flames can draw some penalties, they could make some noise on the power play tonight.

THE NUMBERS


FLAMES
JETS
Wins
22 19
Points
(Pct.)
46
(.548)
41
(.488)
Power Play
20.7%
17.2%
Penalty Kill
81.6%
77.1%
Score-Adjusted Corsi
50.2%
49.3%
Best Tkachuk
Matthew
Keith

HISTORY LESSON

In 23 previous regular season games between the Flames and the Jets/Thrashers, they have a 13-9-1 record. This is the second of three games between the two former Atlanta clubs; the Flames won 6-2 back on December 10 in Calgary. They'll meet one more time at MTS Centre on March 11.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Some Jets follows for you tonight:

SUM IT UP

It's always a fun game when it's the Flames facing the Jets, doubly so in the noise machine that is the MTS Centre. Expect a loud building and a boisterous atmosphere. It's a big game for both teams.

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Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames since 2010. He's Senior Contributing Editor at FlamesNation, a Senior Writer covering the Flames and the NHL Draft for The Hockey Writers, and a correspondent for the Fischler Report. You can see his hand or the side of his head on TV sometimes.
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#1 flames2015
January 09 2017, 12:45PM
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Speaking of jerseys, Adidas is limiting teams to just home and away jerseys next season, no 3rds. Perfect time to adapt our retro's as permanent home ones!

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#2 everton fc
January 09 2017, 12:52PM
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Flames 4, Jets 2.

My hope is both make the playoffs. "Ditto" Oilers.

"Not ditto" Nucks!

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#3 Lucky 13
January 09 2017, 01:21PM
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Here's hoping that Johnson regains his mid November form. Looked really solid last game

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#4 FL@med
January 09 2017, 01:39PM
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How come the flames are wearing their home jerseys?

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#5 everton fc
January 09 2017, 01:46PM
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FL@med wrote:

How come the flames are wearing their home jerseys?

Please put to rest the 2004 Cup jerseys... And move back to our best jersey - the '89 cup jersey worn vs the Nucks last week.

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#6 redhot1
January 09 2017, 01:59PM
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FL@med wrote:

How come the flames are wearing their home jerseys?

Jets are wearing their Heritage Classic whites

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#7 Sanintarious
January 09 2017, 02:55PM
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Surprised the Flames wouldn't wear the retro red tonight instead of just the standard reds.

Heres hoping next year they make the retro the official home if only two jersey's are allowed.

Go Flames Go!

I live in Winnipeg, hopefully the Flames can heat this city up.

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#8 ChinookArchYYC
January 09 2017, 04:21PM
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I'm pretty sick and tired of seeing the jets picking Top 10 at the draft every year. Who do these guys think the are the Oilers? Get a goalie already.

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#9 rakilla
January 09 2017, 06:49PM
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Sam Bennett's play is highly concerning. Draisaitl and Reinhart are both out playing him.

Thoughts?

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#10 Juan Valdez
January 09 2017, 06:50PM
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Would be nice to see Monahan start burying some of his chances and being stronger on the puck. I still contend that Matt Duchene would be a significant upgrade at the centre position.

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#11 Deadmonton Exile
January 09 2017, 07:00PM
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rakilla wrote:

Sam Bennett's play is highly concerning. Draisaitl and Reinhart are both out playing him.

Thoughts?

Other than the fact he's about a year behind those two developmentally? No need to panic. Same goes for Monahan, albeit less so, give it time. This keeps getting brought up every game thread they don't score.

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#12 Muffin
January 09 2017, 08:03PM
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Bummer.

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#13 MontanaMan
January 09 2017, 08:09PM
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Absolutely unacceptable play by Brodie on the second Jet goal. The Flames come out with good pressure and have momentum and Brodie lazily rags the puck in the neutral zone, turns it over for a breakaway and puck's in the Flames net. Brodie - one step forward, two steps back.

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#14 cgyokgn
January 09 2017, 08:11PM
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We're being outshot, outscored, out-hit, out-hussled, out everything'd....

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#15 cgyokgn
January 09 2017, 08:14PM
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Unsportsmanlike penalty? What? Hard to believe Backlund taking one... and we'll miss him on the PK.

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#16 Juan Valdez
January 09 2017, 08:19PM
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There's no way Engelland was offside...

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#17 flames2015
January 09 2017, 08:27PM
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So many damn turnovers and horrid passing tonight. Everytime watson is reffing there always seems to be some questionable calls.

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#18 Ktop
January 09 2017, 08:31PM
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With this GG system we play I feel if we are losing we're not going to come back and win.

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#19 Arminius
January 09 2017, 08:35PM
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I said to myself early in the 2nd. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't score all game. They seemed to be getting bad bounces and unable to get to pucks. Johnson earned the next start. Also. You know what was missed tonight? Troy Brouwer. Physical tight game with the guys clutching their sticks Yup. Trash away

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#20 MontanaMan
January 09 2017, 08:37PM
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Not a great game by the Flames but it's a 1-0 game and Brodie gives the puck away to make it 2-0. At 1-0, the games up for grabs. Make it 2-0 and the game is over. Brodie goat horns.

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#21 Ktop
January 09 2017, 08:37PM
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Johnny trying to do it all by himself again. That doesn't work.

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#22 Derzie
January 09 2017, 08:45PM
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More evidence of the GG garbage systems. TJ on the wrong side, stars neutered. Good times.

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rakilla wrote:

Sam Bennett's play is highly concerning. Draisaitl and Reinhart are both out playing him.

Thoughts?

Bad coach.

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Derzie wrote:

More evidence of the GG garbage systems. TJ on the wrong side, stars neutered. Good times.

Ha. Didn't realize being on the wrong side caused that turnover. Thanks for that.

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#25 Juan Valdez
January 09 2017, 08:47PM
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MontanaMan wrote:

Not a great game by the Flames but it's a 1-0 game and Brodie gives the puck away to make it 2-0. At 1-0, the games up for grabs. Make it 2-0 and the game is over. Brodie goat horns.

His mistake was trying to pass the puck to Wideman. Even if he passed it cleanly it was still a bad decision keeping in mind Wheeler is one of the fastest if not the fastest skaters in the NHL. He needs to own up and take responsibility for his bad play instead of blaming it on his stick.

Sorry to say it, but Wideman has been playing good hockey lately and Brodie has been hanging him out to dry. I know he's dealing with off ice issues, but it's clear his head just isn't in the game and he's not playing smart hockey.

Brodie is a good player and I hope he's able to turn things around soon.

Rant over.

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#26 flames2015
January 09 2017, 08:54PM
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Ktop wrote:

Johnny trying to do it all by himself again. That doesn't work.

Don't blame him tonight, passing was horrible tonight. Might as well try to make something happen. That PP is getting so predictabke with brodie's drop pass. On two occasions where we caught the jets down or without a stick in their zone. We had zero shots on net. Moved it around and lossed it. We have yet to win a comeback game, if we are down in the third. Its game over.

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#27 Juan Valdez
January 09 2017, 08:57PM
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Ktop wrote:

Johnny trying to do it all by himself again. That doesn't work.

I don't mind the turnovers late in the game because it's a situation where you have to take more chances. The effort was there, but he needed more support from the rest of the team. How many times was Monahan alone in front of the net and couldn't get a decent shot off?

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#28 RKD
January 09 2017, 09:27PM
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Flames need way more from Monahan, Gaudreau and Bennett. The 3M line is supposed to be a secondary support line. The top guys need to do more heavy lifting.

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#29 Kevin R
January 09 2017, 11:02PM
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RKD wrote:

Flames need way more from Monahan, Gaudreau and Bennett. The 3M line is supposed to be a secondary support line. The top guys need to do more heavy lifting.

Play them together for craps sake. It can't be any worse than this. More games like this & we will be on the bubble for a lottery pick.

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#30 Jakethesnail
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rakilla wrote:

Sam Bennett's play is highly concerning. Draisaitl and Reinhart are both out playing him.

Thoughts?

Edmonton finally made the right choice with Draisaitl. He is becoming a top ten centre in the league. Strong ,shields the puck with great size and has great vision.

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#31 dontcryWOLF88
January 10 2017, 03:27PM
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Sad words there friends.

Ithink its not so bad.

I think that was a goaltender win form Hellebyuck.Flames played quite well by my eye

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