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FGD R1-G2: Flames and Avalanche work late on Saturday night (8:30pm MT, CBC/SN West)

After a Game 1 triumph, the Flames try to cement their home ice advantage in Game 2.

Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche

Game 2 of the Best-of-Seven Western Conference Quarterfinal
Calgary leads series 1-0
Puck Drop: 8:30 p.m. MT
TV: CBC, Sportsnet West (and other regional feeds)
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan
Odds: The Flames are moderate (-240) favourites, via OddsShark.

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

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

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic
Fantenberg – Andersson

Mike Smith starts for the Flames, backed up by David Rittich. Their scratches are Jon Gillies, Oliver Kylington, Juuso Valimaki, Dalton Prout, Michael Stone, Dillon Dube, Alan Quine and Austin Czarnik.

The Flames played two different games in Game 1: a fairly tentative first half, and then a much more assured second half. They’ll probably try to replicate Game 1’s performance as much as they can; trying to limit the chances that Colorado’s top guns get while waiting for them to make mistakes for them to pounce on.

If they can do that and stay out of the penalty box, they’ll be in good shape. Per Hockey Reference, teams that get out to a 2-0 edge end up winning 87.3% of their series.

The Avalanche

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Landeskog – MacKinnon – Kerfoot
Wilson – Soderberg – Rantanen
Compher – Brassard – Jost
Nieto – Calvert – Bourque

Girard – Johnson
Zadorov – Barrie
Cole – Nemeth

Philipp Grubauer goes for the Avalanche, backed up by Semyon Varlamov. Their projected scratches are Sven Andrighetto, Ryan Graves and Mark Barberio. There will be no lineup changes from how things began to kick off Game 1.

Expect to see some line tinkering by Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar in-game as he tries to find the right mix of players to get some oomph in Game 2. The lines above are what we expect to see them begin the evening with, but they’re definitely not going to be set in stone.

The Officials

Tonight’s referees are Kevin Pollock and Francois St. Laurent, who previously worked Game 1 of the Pittsburgh/NY Islanders series. According to Scouting the Refs, Pollock was 34th in the NHL for frequency of calling penalties while St. Laurent was 18th.

The linesmen are Mark Shewchyk and Matt McPherson and the standby official is Justin St. Pierre – this trio has been retained in the same roles as in Game 1. The series supervisor is Bill McCreary.

The Numbers

Wins 1 0
Adjusted Corsi 53.1% 46.9%
Power Play 40.0% 0.0%
Penalty Kill 100% 60.0%

Injury Report

The Flames are healthy.

The Avalanche are without Vladislav Kamenev.

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  • Reg Dunlop

    What a great shot by MacKinnon! You flamer fans are so lucky to see such a great player in person, at least for 3 more games before your team begins golf season.

    • Franko J

      Since you have the head start to the off season, how are the greens. Enjoying the masters. Yeah watching MacKinnon is a treat. Better than any player you have on your team.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Hey, Winnipeg, the ‘90s called. They want their “whiteout” back. The “whiteout” has really lost its lustre since home teams switched to wearing their dark jerseys. You would have thought Jet fans would have figured that out by now.

    If the Jackets take out the Lightning, does Coop go from potential coach of the year winner to outta work? He had more than 3 months to ready his boys for the playoffs, and he is being outcoached by Torts, and the Bolts still haven’t hit bottom.

    The plan for the Isles is the deeper they go in the playoffs, they move to the Barclay Center. My take is that it would be yet another misfire by this once proud franchise. They hire the wrong GMs: Milbury and Snow, draft the wrong guys, trade the wrong guys, get bought by the crook John Spanos, made a bad uniform switch and made a terrible arena switch. The first smart thing they did in years was to hire Lou and then to hire Trotz and then to play more games in the coliseum, and then to open the playoffs there. Should they advance in the playoffs, they would stay put. After doing the wrong thing repeatedly for decades, this would be the right thing to do.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      Flames were full value for their win, but had Smitty not played amazingly, the Avs would have scored at least twice. No worries as the Flames scored three plus an empty netter. But the timing of the Avs’ goals might have been crucial. If the first period had ended 2-0 Avs, then what?

      I liked the way the Flames played in periods 2 and 3, not much in the 1st. That being said, they still gave the Avs some glorious scoring chances which were snuffed out by Smitty or one too many passes or a missed net.

      Give me the Flames in periods 2 and 3 for the rest of the series, and the Flames will win it. Their depth will out.

      • BlueMoonNigel

        Loved the energy and results put forward by Ryan’s line, but the better they play, the more likely Hathaway is a Ranger next season as he is nickel and diming his way to a bigger contract ask than there is budget for. Tre, remember how badly things turned out when another ham and egger was badly overpaid on your watch. If Lomberg isn’t a black ace yet, he soon should be as he might very well be asked to play the role next season that Hathaway is doing now.

        • BlueMoonNigel

          At some point before their pregame and postgame rituals include dousing their hair with Grecian Formula and rubbing A5-35 into their always sore muscles and chronic aching joints, there MUST be a cup final where Marner and Chucky go at one another like the demons they are.

          It is still a damn shame the Habs didn’t make the playoffs despite having more points than Dallas, Vegas and Colorado. Hey, Bettman, go CFL and have a crossover. Habs in and Avs out. Flames and Habs in Round 1. Doesn’t get much better than that?

    • Getpucksdeep

      If I’m not mistaken all voting is done before playoffs and playoff performance is only good for the Conn Smythe. Coopers Lightening could go down in round 1 and he could still win! I wish the Isles well as a franchise whatever the future holds.