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


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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 GaudreauSean MonahanAlex Chiasson
Matthew TkachukMikael BacklundMichael Frolik
Kris VersteegSam BennettMicheal Ferland
Lance BoumaMatt StajanGarnet Hathaway

Mark GiordanoDougie Hamilton
T.J. BrodieDennis Wideman
Jyrki JokipakkaDeryk 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 PerreaultBryan LittleBlake Wheeler
Nikolaj EhlersMark Scheifele

Drew Stafford
Shawn MatthiasAdam LowryJoel Armia
Andrew CoppNicolas PetanChris Thorburn

Josh MorrisseyDustin Byfuglien
Tobias EnstromJacob Trouba
Ben ChiarotPaul 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.

    • Juan Valdez

      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?

    • flames2015

      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.

  • MontanaMan

    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.

    • Juan Valdez

      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.

  • Arminius

    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

  • MontanaMan

    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.

  • Juan Valdez

    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.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    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.

  • Sanintarious

    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.

  • flames2015

    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!