FGD: Put Em Away

With the NHL trade deadline come and gone, the Calgary Flames have a chance to bury a Western Conference opponent tonight on the road, when they take on the St. Louis Blues for the second straight time (6 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  The Flames eeked out a 1-0 win over this same (sort of) Blues team on Sunday night, and you can expect things to be similarly close this evening.

While the Flames weren’t overly busy yesterday on the NHL’s trade deadline, they did acquire two players fitting into the "depth addition" category.  The Blues, however, were one of the busiest teams leading up to deadline day, making their final roster move on Monday afternoon.  Calgary enters seventh in the Western Conference and with an opportunity to finish off an opponent with a win on the road.

The Lineup

The Flames will go with the exact same lineup tonight as they have the last number of games, even with the acquisitions of Brett Carson and Freddy Modin yesterday.  Kent and Robert both gave their thoughts on the deals yesterday, and my feeling is pretty simple…you can’t love or hate either pickup.  They are almost risk free with next to no downside, with Carson a pending RFA and Modin a pending UFA.  With bargain basement cap hits, both players are nothing more than depth moves…players with NHL experience you can slot in in an injury situation.

Modin joined the team in St. Louis and took skate with the Flames, and he’ll be a healthy scratch tonight.  If and when he does get into the lineup, Modin will wear #19.  Carson did not take skate with the Flames and will join the team at some point in Missouri; he’ll don jersey #3 whenever he gets into the lineup.  Here are lines and pairings tonight:

Alex Tanguay-Brendan Morrison-Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross-Olli Jokinen-David Moss
Rene Bourque-Matt Stajan-Tim Jackman
Tom Kostopoulos-Mikael Backlund-Niklas Hagman

Robyn Regehr-Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano-Cory Sarich
Anton Babchuk-Steve Staios

I put an update on the site late last night regarding the contract status of Glencross, as it looks like any extension is a little ways away.  The update also includes new information on the health of Daymond Langkow, and it’s nothing but positive news regarding the injured centre.

Miikka Kiprusoff makes his 17th straight start in net tonight.

The Opponent

Another hip hop styling for all the haters

The Blues enter action as a slightly different team than they were on Sunday at the ‘Dome.  Immediately following their 1-0 loss in Calgary, St. Louis dealt forward Brad Boyes to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second round pick, immediately creating a hole on their top line.  Boyes had been playing with David Backes and Andy McDonald, and while his numbers have been down the past couple seasons, he’s still a top six forward.

St. Louis also dealt forward Brad Winchester to the Anaheim Ducks before Monday’s deadline, getting a 2012 third round pick in return.  Winchester was an easy player to deal, as he was playing bottom six minutes and was on an expiring contract.  A third round pick is a fairly decent return.  But, the deals made in the aftermath of St. Louis’s loss to the Flames on Sunday kind of underlined the fact that this team probably isn’t making the playoffs.  That isn’t totally written in stone, but a loss tonight would probably be all she wrote…if you’re a Blues fan, you’d hope for an all out push in this one tonight. 

The Blues have made a ton of roster moves to fill the holes in their lineup, because of trades and injury.  Vladimir Sobotka will not play tonight after suffering a foot injury on Sunday, which means there are three empty spots on the roster.  So, that means three seperate forwards have been called up…Chris Porter, Ryan Reaves and former Flames prospect Adam Cracknell.  Here are projected lines and pairings tonight:

Alex Steen-Andy McDonald-Chris Stewart
David Backes-Patrik Berglund-T.J. Oshie
Chris Porter-Matt D’Agostini-B.J. Crombeen
Ryan Reaves-Adam Cracknell-Cam Janssen

Barret Jackman-Roman Polak
Carlo Colaiacovo-Tyson Strachan
Kevin Shattenkirk-Alex Pietrangelo

Once again, it’ll be the giant Ben Bishop in between the Blues pipes tonight.  He played well, allowing only one goal in Friday’s loss.  He looked very calm and composed during that game, but the Flames also didn’t do a very good job in getting a ton of shots on him, something they might try to correct tonight.  Jaroslav Halak has been downgraded to a day-to-day status, but is not yet ready to be activated off IR.

The Story

The Flames can win the season series with the Blues tonight, and in the process, basically turn them into a Western Conference spoiler and nothing more.  Both remaining games are on the road for Calgary, and they better be ready for a desperate effort from their opponent.  Calgary played well enough to win on Sunday, but they’re probably capable of more.

This final picture has no relevance, but in the interest of balance, you can’t have a Mortal Kombat picture without a Street Fighter II picture somewhere as well.  Nerds born between 1982 and 1987 will understand this.

  • Yeesh. Look at that 4th line for the Blues. Adam Cracknell FTW! Third line isn’t much better outside of Steen.

    Flames should probably win this one, but you just never know in this league. Hell, the Oilers have even won a few games this year.

    • Vintage Flame

      The Cracknell FTW gave me a chuckle…

      The tendency in the past was for the Flames to play down to the level of their opposition, especially down the stretch and to teams that were seemingly injured. Low and behold these call-up’s get all fired up and come out all full of piss and vinegar.

      Key here is for the Flames to stick to their gameplan and I think tonight they better make sure to put a couple of PP goals in.. Especially if “Conks” get the call tonight.. After all, he IS a former Oiler.

      Go Flames!

      • Key here is for the Flames to stick to their gameplan and I think tonight they better make sure to put a couple of PP goals in.. Especially if “Conks” get the call tonight.. After all, he IS a former Oiler.

        Bishop will be the guy tonight, and will be until Halak is ready to return. My guess is the Blues then send Bishop back to the AHL where he can play a lot, and let Conks be the backup to Halak.

        @OILER86

        I’ve never quite got the whole “haha you guys are fighting for 8th” argument. The Oilers are such a non-factor, and I’m sorry, the whole “we’ll be good soon” is such a bunk rallying cry. Who says the Oilers will even make the playoffs in the next 5 years? How about a blueline? Or a real blueline prospect?

    • This is one of those games where the Flames really can exploit some depth matchups. Jackman and Bourque should crush opposition…but…well sometimes that doesn’t happen.

      Also…no response to the Street Fighter/MK stuff? I thought there were way more nerds on this site!

      • On the nerds – Im sure there are, they just don’t want to advertise it.

        Frankly tonight it shouldn’t even be the depth doing the exploiting – it should be Iginla/Tanguay. Blues have lost many of their heavy lifters up front and on the back-end, so this is a team Jarome should dominate.

        • Personally, I felt Street Fighter was a superior game…but it wasn’t as fun as MK. And once I found all the cheats online for my N64, I was addicted to MK. I was a Sub Zero guy, and I liked Smoke…but I found a cheat for infinite fatality time, and I was addicted.

          • Vintage Flame

            A cheat for infinite fatality time??? Man am I lucky I didn’t know you in University.. I NEVER would have graduated!

            Smoke was cool, once you figured out how to use him.. Much along the lines of Noob Saibot.
            ..Who was the Red Ninja.. he was cool.. Good special moves too.

      • Canucks Suck

        Flames will win if the spam hadouken hard enough and trap the opposition against the boards. They can’t let this game turn into a button masher and must keep it controlled and execute moves and combos with skill.

  • need a big “put it in the win columm” by maher today. Its just incredible how still even with 18 games left, every game just seems so incredibly big. And whoever came up with the poll on where the flames will finish on the right side. Where is position 5-6. I still think their entirely possible, I don’t believe we can only top off at 7th place

  • Vintage Flame

    I love watching Flames fans doing the race for 8th place! All so they can get ousted by Vancouver or Detroit in the 1st round and have another mediocre 1st round pick with no prospects coming down the pipe for the future!

      • Vintage Flame

        Hmmm hows about Hall, Eberle, Pajjarvi, Curtis Hamilton, Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, Teubert, Olivier Roy, Peckham, Petry, Chorney etc. I like that future more than Calgary`s and you do too.

        • Vintage Flame

          Wow… Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch!

          That is quite the list of talented prospects.. apart from Peckham, Chorney, Petry and probably Pitlick, but you are assuming that Edmonsuck will be able to sign ALL these guys? You have a very narrow window to get these guys up to speed before they all graduate from rookie contracts together. You’re going to have a hard enough time keeping Hall AND Eberle for an extended period of time.. Now you throw Tuebert and Roy in the mix. or were you suggesting that what you listed above was the whole roster??

          All this coupled with the fact that no one WANTS to play in Edmonton, and is looking for the first opportunity to get out.

          Tell me, who was more disappointed on trade day.. The Oiler fans, for NOT trading hemsky? OR Hemsky for not getting traded out of the “Armpit of Alberta”. My money is on Hemsky.

          Later Troll..

    • Vintage Flame

      Lol.. Are you kidding? Did you have to post that because you lost a bet? God knows Edmonton is getting used to losing now, but really??

      Are you telling me you would rather finish last to get the 1st pick overall than even make the playoffs? Careful buddy, soon the oil faithful will be referring to Gretzky much like Leaf fans refer back to Bill Birilko!

      Shine up your 50 mission cap and get back in line at the golf course!

  • Vintage Flame

    Lol well while finishing last for 2 years is tough we are raking in picks and top prospects and its a lot more comforting than all the no trade clauses and lack of prospects coming for Calgary. And dont worry we all know that 2 months ago Flames fans wanted to blow the whole thing up and rebuild it like the Oilers but now theyre geared up for a 1st round crushing and a mid range first round pick.

  • Canucks Suck

    @Oiler86

    If you are happy cheering for the “Islanders 2.0” that’s good for you; But if you want to troll on this site you need to actually be better than the Flames… eventually, you will have to turn some of those prospects in to a decent goaltender and one or two defenceman if you want a chance to make the playoffs… you have it backwards man, the whole point is to make the playoffs, not get high draft picks!!

    • Canucks Suck

      Hey Im not trolling Im just making valid points. I like Edmontons young talent that is already breaking out and have winning pedigrees. I also like the amount of high end prospects coming and the amount of draft picks we have acquired. I like our salary cap situation more as well because we dont have 11 no trade clauses or whatever Sutter gave out.

      • T&A4Flames

        I just love the whole “we’re are worse than you so we’re actually better” arguement. Like all you want about your last place team. Point is THEY ARE STILL A LAST PLACE TEAM!!! With idiot Oiler fans it’s always what we’ve done 25 years ago or what we may do in 5 years. How about now. You’re team sucks and doesn’t show many signs of changing that soon. Oh yea, love Horc’s contract as well.

      • SmellOfVictory

        No, you’re definitely trolling. Making a valid point is coming into a discussion directly-related to prospect depth/quality and talking about it. Trolling is saying “lol enjoy getting knocked out in the first round” in a game thread that has nothing to do with the Oilers.

        The breakdown is thus: the Flames are currently better than the Oilers, the Oilers have what appear to be better prospects, and you’re being a giant douche.

        As to everyone who’s saying the Oil are going to keep sucking for years on end: you’re being pretty blind, yourselves. If you’ve paid even moderate attention to how Hall and Eberle have been doing, they’re showing signs of very rapid maturation and while the Oilers may not end up with a cup contender, they’re going to have a team that can do some damage – probably in less than three seasons, assuming Tambo doesn’t manage to screw up royally.

        • SmellOfVictory

          I agree the Oilers will be good in 2-3 years and that Calgary is currently better for sure. However, caling me a douche shows your frustration that you know how bleak the Flames future beyond this year looks.

  • Canucks Suck

    Lol yeah and maybe when its interesting to watch the Flames theyll do a show about them…..something besides the aaawwwfull Flames This Week on Sportsnet

  • positivebrontefan

    I was at the first game of the year in Edmonton the one against Calgary where the Oilers won and Smackintyre put his mark on the game and Eberle had his toe drag highlight reel goal. For a scant few hours all was right with the world before the realization sank in that Last Place Hockey would once again be the cup of the day for us Oiler fans.
    There is the fun part of a rivalry missing when the teams involved are not at the level they once were. Here’s to hoping that the Oilers get MUCH better and the Flames just get better so we can knock those damn Canucks off the top of the Conference!!!
    I think we can all agree on that!!!