The second matchup of this weekend’s home-and-home sees the Canucks and Flames moving back to Calgary and, once again, we’ve asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to get you set for tonight’s rematch. We’ve also put together a few notes to get you ready for game one of the home and home.
Please note that this article is posted at both CanucksArmy and FlamesNation
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 – Saddledome (Calgary) – 8 pm (MST/7pm (PST) on Sportsnet West/Pacific
|Vancouver Canucks||Calgary Flames|
|20-18-3 (5th in the Pacific)||21-18-2 (4th in the Pacific)|
|7-2-1 in their last 10||5-5-0 in their last 10|
|Power Play (PP%): 14.4% (27th)||Power Play (PP%): 20.9% (10th)|
|Penalty Kill (PK%): 80.2% (21st)||Penalty Kill (PK%): 81.3% (17th)|
After playing last night in Vancouver, the Canucks and Flames change venues for the second game in their back-to-back set and fourth meeting of the season. The Canucks took round one of the home and home by a score of 4-2 and will look to extend their winning streak to seven games. Although, the Flames lost round one they heavily outshot the Canucks by a margin of 46-13 but didn’t get the goaltending or bounces they needed to close out the victory. Will the Canucks steal another one?
Bo Horvat (VAN) – 12G, 16A = 28 points
Mikael Backlund (CAL) – 12G, 15A = 27 points
Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) – 10G, 16A = 26 points
Henrik Sedin (VAN) – 9G, 17A = 26 points
Sven Baertschi (VAN) – 11G, 12A = 23 points
Matthew Tkachuk (CAL) – 7G, 17A = 24 points
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Why is your team going to win or why will your enemy lose?
Ari Yanover (FlamesNation):
The past couple of matchups, the Flames have vastly outplayed the Canucks. They have one of the better lines in the NHL in Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund, and Michael Frolik, who have continued to roll; if just like, two more bounces go their way – even when they aren’t outplaying the other guys – then they’ve got this.
The Flames can throw everything they want at the Canucks, just like they did last night, and it still won’t be enough.
Why will tonight be different than last night?
Because most of the time, when you out-corsi the other team 84-22, you win. Considering how the past couple of Flames/Canucks games have gone, I have more faith in the Flames to dominate shot attempts and score more goals than the other team than for the Canucks to win on a -62 differential.
It will be different in the sense that the Canucks will now win in Calgary as opposed to Vancouver.
Why should people watch this game?
If you like a team creating oodles and oodles of chances, then this game will probably be for you. Also, it will feature Mikael Backlund, who’s probably lord and saviour to us all. He celebrates his dogs’ birthdays and he should probably get some Selke votes this year, he’s great.
And what if Deryk Engelland almost scores a shorthanded goal again?! It could happen, and you DON’T wanna miss that. That’s the kind of thing you tell your grandkids about.
As we saw in the comments from yesterday, Flames fans love seeing how well Sven Baertschi is doing and we’d like to give them another opportunity to enjoy what they gave up on.
Say something nice about your opponent.
Turns out Ryan Miller is pretty good, too, it looks like. I always liked him in Buffalo.
At least they’re not Edmotnon.
Any last words?
Can I use Desjardins’?
Desjardins: “We won’t make the playoffs playing like that.”
— Kristen Odland (@Kristen_Odland) January 7, 2017
We look forward to sweeping the weekend. Thanks for the points and your spot in the standings.
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