The Calgary Flames look to continue their good road trip with a win in Montreal tonight, but they’re going to have to earn it. The Flames are 4-0-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season, while the Canadiens are 4-1-0 against the Western Conference, and the Habs will have 19,000 of their noisy fans backing them.
Though they have not played in there very often, the Flames have not won in Montreal since Dec 13, 2000. Sure they’ve only played 3 games in MTL since then, but the Canadiens have won each of these games.
The Flames, currently on a 4-game road trip, have won their last 2 road games with the help of some red-hot play by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, and forward David Moss. They will need these two to continue their great play if they hope to de-throne the Canadiens at the Bell Centre tonight.
The Canadiens are looking to rebound from a 2-1 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and will be rested after being off for the last 3 days. The Canadiens are in the middle of a franchise-long 7-game home stand, and will be looking to gain ground on the Boston Bruins who are currently 7 points ahead in the Northeast Division, and in 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
One thing that will surely decide this game will be the Powerplay. The Flames will need to continue scoring goals on the Powerplay if they want the 2 points. They’ve struggled to score while at even strength, which is something Montreal hasn’t had a problem doing this season. The Flames have the 11th best Powerplay in the league, and have capitalized on 20.3% of their opportunities so far this year. The Canadiens are 1-for-19 in their last 5 games, and have gone from having the NHL’s best PP last season, to being one of the worst this season.
I’ll be in the stands tonight watching the game, so I’ll post some pics tomorrow.