The league-leading Vancouver Canucks come to town tonight to play the Flames for the 2nd last time of the season. Vancouver is looking to keep their push for the President’s Trophy alive, while the Flames are looking to inch their way closer to a playoff spot. Calgary has played 70 games and sits in 8th place in the Western Conference with 81 points. Vancouver currently has 97 points in their 69 games and is first in the NHL with a 7-point lead over Philadelphia.
The game will be on CBC tonight, and puck drop is at 8pm. Look for the Flames to bounce back after a shootout loss to Phoenix earlier this week on the second of their back-to-back game nights. The Flames path will be somewhat hindered by the loss of Brendan Morrison, who found nice chemistry with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla on the Flames top line before going down with a knee injury. Also out of the lineup tonight is Freddy Modin, who will be replaced by Lance Bouwma.
Expect Kipper to be in net. Bring your lasers, Canucks fans.
The Canucks will (agan) be looking to the Sedins for some offence. Daniel Sedin leads the league with 86 points and Henrik leads all skaters with 65 assists. It would be a surprise not to see Luongo in net tonight.
In case you needed any more incentive to cheer tonight, here’s a look at the situation leading into tonight’s game. I created a poll to ask where you think the Flame will end up at the end of the regular season. Have a look and vote!
A quick peek at the Calgary Flames Schedule shows that we have our work cut out if we’re going to make the post season. Yes, 5 of our last 12 games are against either the Oilers, Avalanche or Blues, but we’ll have to steamroll past the Canucks and Anaheim twice more, and we play Phoenix, San Jose and LA once more each, and they’re right in the thick with the Flames.
It would be an understatement to say that every point is critical right now. We need the two points as bad as the next team, so let’s wake up the crowd early tonight and kick some Canuck ass!