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FGD 53: Dougie Bowl 2 (noon; SN 360)

Just hours before the Super Bowl, the Calgary Flames (33-14-5, 71 points) are going to be involved in another big game. They’re visiting scenic Raleigh, North Carolina, home of museums, Dougie Hamilton and the Carolina Hurricanes (25-20-6, 56 points).

The puck drops around noon MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
Tkachuk – Backlund – Frolik
Bennett – Jankowski – Neal
Mangiapane – Ryan – Hathaway

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Andersson
Kylington – Prout

David Rittich starts for the Flames, backed up by Mike Smith (who gave up four goals in the loss to Washington on Friday night). The Flames will be without Travis Hamonic due to a lower body injury of unspecified severity. Austin Czarnik and Rinat Valiev are the healthy scratches.

The Flames weren’t all that great in Washington, playing a bit too loose in their own zone and leading to a bunch of self-inflicted scoring chances against. Even with Rittich in net, they’re going to need to reign that in against a pretty fast Hurricanes squad.

The Hurricanes

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Niederreiter – Aho – Williams
Ferland – Wallmark – Teravainen
Svechnikov – Martinook – McGinn
Foegele – McKegg – Maenalanen

Slavin – Hamilton
Pesce – Faulk
de Haan – van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek starts for the Hurricanes, backed up by Curtis “McBackup” McElhinney. The Hurricanes have zero bodies on their roster right now, a benefit of having their farm team in nearby Charlotte.

It’s the first visit back to Raleigh for Bill Peters, Derek Ryan, Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm – a quartet who are currently employed by the Flames. While they’re in town, they’ll likely try to visit the City of Raleigh Museum, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh. There’s so many nice museums in the area, it’s likely that a person would need a full season to fully enjoy them all.

The Numbers

Wins 33 25
Points 71 56
Corsi Close 52.5% 55.4%
Power Play 23.3% 16.5%
Penalty Kill 78.9% 79.5%

Injury Report

The Flames are without Michael Stone and Travis Hamonic.

The Hurricanes are without Jordan Staal.

Season Series

This is the final game of their season series. The Flames beat Carolina 3-2 in overtime two weeks ago.

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  • The GREAT WW

    We need this one.
    We didn’t play well last time we played them, but we found a way.
    We can’t turn this into finding a way to lose, like we did Friday….


  • FlamesFan27

    Is anyone else worried a bit about February? The Flames haven’t been playing that great for a while now, at least consistently, but were able to win because the opposition was very weak in January. They need to play a lot better to have a good February as the schedule is a lot tougher.

    • SgtRoadBlock

      yep Feb will show us the real Flames.. people r on a high right now cause of the crazy season we having, but if you look at the last 10 games we have play very bad in r own end with puck clearing/giveaways etc.. Plus we letting goals being scored in the last 2mins or less a lot to during that span of games…

  • Skylardog

    Can we just be done with the Mangiapane experiment? Throw in Czar while at it. They are both chips we can put on the table to get something useful.

    Not that I don’t think Mangi is capable in a top 6 scoring role. The problem here is he is not a bottom 6 guy, and is about 10th on the depth chart to be a top 6 guy. There is no room on this team for him. Lazar, Quine and others bring way more to a bottom 6 role than Mangi. Mangi is at 0.83 GF/60 on ice, with just 3 goals that he has been on the ice for in 24 games now. Quine is nearly 3x more effective offensively, Lazar about 2x more effective. Mangi has had time with better linemates than either of those 2 players. How bad is it? Lomberg is superior in every manner.

    Czar’s value has plummeted since we signed him (if you read what I said about him when we signed him, it has probably gone up, I do hate this signing from every angle), but to the right team, looking for speed and time to rebuild, he would be a perfect fit. LA should covet this guy as a cap solution in the short term. How about flipping Mangi, Czar and a 2nd or 3rd for Martinez?

    • freethe flames

      At this point Mangi brings more on the bottom line than Czarnik. But I do agree that we would be better off with Lazar, Quine, Rychel at this point.

    • everton fc

      I think Quine and Lazar (yes, Lazar) are actually NHL players. Maybe 4th liners, but certainly could play that role, on many teams.

      Mangiapane does not seem (yet) like an NHL player. Nor does Czarnik. So, I agree – time to cut ties. We could really use Lazar’s game, up here, way more than Czarnik and Mangiapane. And Lazar’s a pretty physical player. (I see Dube has 18 points in 19 games, quietly showing he can put up some points. He’s another who adds more value here, than Mangiapane and Czarnik).

  • Flaymin Frank

    I see that the cOilers get prime time broadcasting on SN whilst the #1 team in the west is relegated to SN360. Awesome. I suppose its the Habs factor. Allez bleu, blanc, et rouge.

    • Speed Kills

      That is because its the dog days of winter and everyone can use a good laugh and feel better about themselves as a result of watching such a sad sack comedy circus that the cOilers are.