FGD #82: Tuning Up, Resting Up

There’s a little bit on the line in this afternoon’s Game 82 between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets, but not very much in the grand scheme of things.

The Winnipeg Jets are locked in as the Western Conference’s second wild-card team. Depending on the results of today’s games, they’ll face either Anaheim or St. Louis. The Calgary Flames are locked in as a Pacific Division seed, and will definitely face the Vancouver Canucks beginning mid-week, though they can get home-ice advantage with a win and a Canucks regulation loss.

But ultimately, this is a meeting of two teams happy to be returning to the playoffs and hoping not to incur any additional injuries. The Flames are dressing many kids. The Jets are just trying to get themselves into form for what’ll be a big test for them regardless of who they play.

A win this afternoon would be Bob Hartley’s 100th as Calgary Flames head coach.

Puck drop is at 1pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

THE FLAMES

Completely guess-work lines based on my estimations of who would logically come out based on who they recalled:

Gaudreau – Bennett – Poirier
Raymond – Backlund – Colborne
Ferland – Shore – Wolf
Bollig – Granlund – Jooris

Wotherspoon – Ramage
Kulak – Engelland
Schlemko – Potter

Ortio/Hiller

There’s not much known about the line-up specifically, given that the Flames made their recalls well after their practice (and after travel, I believe). I would guess that Ortio starts, presuming he’s at 100%, but there’s also a shot that Jonas Hiller starts as a tune-up for the post-season.

I’m reasonably confident on the defenders – Wotherspoon and Ramage played together in Adirondack – but completely pulling guesses out of my backside on the forward lines. I think Gaudreau probably plays so he can cement his stranglehold on the rookie scoring title. But a lot of guys have missed time with bumps and bruises (Jooris has had a recurring malady apparently), so I have no idea who sits.

Definitely out with injuries: Karri Ramo, Raphael Diaz, Ladislav Smid, Mark Giordano, Lance Bouma and Paul Byron. So most likely the Flames will be without 13 regulars when they take the ice this afternoon.

And yes, this means that most likely, we get the NHL debuts of Sam Bennett, John Ramage and Brett Kulak. Kulak would be the first pick from the Flames 2012 draft class to make his NHL debut.

THE JETS

Lines from Thursday’s game via Daily Faceoff:

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Michael Hutchinson is expected to start for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck will dress as back-up. Tobias Enstrom will play, but several regular Jets will sit, notably Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault, who is injured. The Jets are carrying a bunch of extra bodies right now, so it should be pretty easy for them to rotate bodies in.

I would venture to guess that Dustin Byfuglien, fresh off his suspension, rolls back in, but beyond that your guess is as good as mine.

THE NUMBERS

Calgary Winnipeg
Wins 45 42
Last Ten 6-2-2 6-3-1
Power Play 19.0% (12th) 18.1% (17th)
Penalty Kill 80.2% (22nd) 81.7% (13th)
Corsi 44.3% (28th) 52.7% (7th)
Corsi Close 45.0% (27th) 53.5% (4th)
Faceoffs 47.5% (26th) 48.8% (22nd)
PDO 101.4 (3rd) 100.4 (10th)

IF PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY…

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SUM IT UP

It’s one last game with a young, inexperienced roster full of pep and vinegar looking to make their mark. It’s a nice diversion with little at stake before things get real on Wednesday night when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

  • Burnward

    Since I have been banned for upsetting Jsson (he is very, very sensitive apparently), this may be my last post through a proxy server.

    I can certainly live with a defense next year of
    Brodano
    Wideman/Russell
    Schlemko/Diaz/Engelland/Wotherspoon

    It is not that bad when one thinks about it.

    And our developing forward depth and the young goalies in the pipeline.

    It is a good time to be a Flames fan methinks.

    If I never post again, be well all. It has been my pleasure to engage with most of you.

  • FlamesRule

    One more time with correct spelling and spacing as befits a ceremonial last post. . .

    Since I have been banned for upsetting Jason (he is very, very sensitive apparently), this may be my last post through a proxy server.

    I can certainly live with a defense next year of. . .

    Brodano
    Wideman/Russell
    Schlemko/Diaz/Engelland/Wotherspoon

    It is not that bad when one thinks about it.

    And our developing forward depth and the young goalies in the pipeline!

    It is a good time to be a Flames fan methinks.

    If I never post again, be well all. It has been my pleasure to engage with most of you.

  • RedMan

    One more (extra) time with correct spelling and spacing as befits a ceremonial last post. . .

    Since I have been banned for upsetting Jason (he is very, very sensitive apparently), this may be my last post through a proxy server.

    I can certainly live with a defense next year of. . .

    Brodano

    Wideman/Russell

    Schlemko/Diaz/Engelland/Wotherspoon

    It is not that bad when one thinks about it.

    And our developing forward depth and the young goalies in the pipeline!

    It is a good time to be a Flames fan methinks.

    If I never post again, be well all. It has been my pleasure to engage with most of you.

  • cgyokgn

    It was kind of like a pre-season game, at least for the Flames. It means nothing except that for sure we will start the playoffs on the road and some of our rookies got their first taste of the NHL.

    So what happens to the four emergency call-ups? The Adirondack Flames are still trying to make the playoffs and half their team seems to be in Calgary.

  • xploD

    “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League”

    It should be based on exactly what it’s supposed to be based on, not on my exact number of points or goals. Bob saying it will probably go to stone because he has the tiebreaker (more goals) is beyond me. If that’s his logic then he should also take into consideration Stone played 20+ NHL games before and spent time in the AHL and even played a playoff game before. Johnny? right from NCAA(40~ games) is 5’7 and is one of the best undersized players ever seen.

    Who’s more proficient at playing hockey?

    Stone might have a better ‘tools’ and uses them well but Gaudreau is pure magic. He thinks this game like checkers as most see it as chess. He has overcome more, he has been more consistent, he’s been more noticeable game to game AND he’s more skilled. IMO he’s in the top 10 in most skilled players in the league…in his first year….

    • everton fc

      I honestly hope they do keep that into consideration about stone. Johnny deserves that award over any other rookie in the league the kid has gone against all odds to be where he is today. To not give it to him would be a slap in the face im sorry Ottawa and Florida but NO!

      • RedMan

        Gaudreau was the only rookie to get rookie of the month honors twice. Not Stone. Not Forsberg. Not Eckblad.

        the idiot on sportsnet said that the tie breaker was the fact that stone, with the same points, had more goals… hogwash… there is no tie breaker rule, it is all bias and the idiot should keep his pie-hole shut.

  • everton fc

    Crazy season ending game.

    Colborne was -5. Wotherspoon -3.

    Jooris +1. Ferland and Kulak level.

    Ramage had 4 shots, 2 hits and a block. Seems to have been decent, “on paper”.

    Feedback on Wolf unfortunately doesn’t surprise me at this stage of his career here; good hands, not the best skater. Hopefully that improves. But he’s not a kid.

    Did Ortio look bad, or our defence, as Potter went fro, 2:28 TOI to 23:17, highest on the team!

    I think Ferland should get more time on the power play as his career progresses.